Business Support Grants

 
 Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant - Closed 18 March 2022

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced that a new grant scheme would be made available to support businesses that are experiencing difficulties because of the Omicron variant.
The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant aims to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors, that may have struggled recently due to the rise of the Omicron variant with grants of up to £6,000.

A business may have been eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme if it:

  • Predominantly relies on delivering in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.
  • Occupies property in West Lancashire on which it is registered for Business Rates (prior to 30 December 2021)
  • Trading on 30 December 2021

For more information visit Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

 
 Discretionary Omicron Grant - Closed 15 February 2022

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced that further funding would be made available for Local Authorities, through a top-up to the Additional Restrictions Grant. Through this top-up to the Additional Restrictions Grant West Lancashire Borough Council received a total of £188,865.

We have utilised this additional top up and the surplus from the Economic Recovery Grant to devise a Discretionary Omicron Grant Scheme to somewhat mirror the Government Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme, by supporting businesses that may have struggled recently due to the rise of the Omicron variant. This includes businesses which either operate in or supply to the below sectors, which have not been eligible for support under the mandatory Government Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme.

  • Accommodation
  • Events
  • Gym & Sport
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Personal Care
  • Travel & Tourism

For more information visit Discretionary Omicron Grant

 
 West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant Scheme - Closed November 2021

In response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Government announced that a further top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant would be made available for Local Authorities, upon the condition that they had fully spent their previous existing Additional Restrictions Grant funding allocation.

West Lancashire Borough Council utilised this funding to develop the West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant scheme. The aim of the scheme is to support businesses within eligible sectors, to assist with implementing new ways of working, and to aid in their recovery, post pandemic.

The scheme can also support eligible businesses with set projects in mind, that will enhance or improve a service or delivery area of the business, or for businesses looking to diverse into new technology, or to promote their business to help reach new audiences and customers. The West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant scheme will offer direct support to a business where it is needed most and help sustain its future.

The West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant Scheme is designed to provide financial support in specialist areas of business as follows;

  • IT/Digital Technologies: To improve a business or help the business to diversify to improve a service or process. It can also support development of a website or new e-commerce process, as well as implementing a new IT System or Process.
  • Purchase of new Equipment: to assist the business in offering a new product that will improve a service to enhance the working of the business. This must be a new product; no like for like products or products that are in disrepair will be considered. Capital Purchases cannot be made.
  • Marketing, Promotion & Training: to support with marketing / promotion campaigns, develop new branding, photography, support with training for staff, to enhance the business offer and help to improve their presence online or on the high street.

For more information visit West Lancashire Economic Recovery Grant Scheme

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