Business Support

Get help for your business to get through Coronavirus

  • 12-month business rate break
  • Cash grants for leisure, retail and hospitality businesses
  • 3-month payment holidays for commercial rent

If you’re running a business in West Lancashire; whether it’s large, medium, small or micro, we can help you get through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Visit our COVID-19 Business Support page to see what we can do to help your business.

We can help with:

  • Giving retail, leisure and hospitality businesses a 12-month break from paying business rates. If you run a business like this, you should have received a letter from confirming this. If not, visit the above page to find out how to get help.
  • Giving your business a cash grant of up to £25,000; if it has a rateable value under £51,000.
  • Giving your business a three-month rental payment holiday, if you’re one of our commercial tenants, and you’re struggling as a result of the pandemic. We won’t be applying any financial penalties if you need to defer any payments. If you’re a commercial tenant, we have written to you with details of how to apply.

We have already helped over 1,250 business with the 12-month business rate break; and paid out £5.3million to 420 businesses in business grants.

We’re working together with central government and our local businesses to make sure that we all come through the Coronavirus pandemic, and that our local economy continues to thrive.

So, see how we can help your business right now by visiting COVID-19 Business Support page

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update

As the Chancellor announced previously, from 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims has been published and can be found here:

New support for high streets. 

The High Streets Task Force has announced new training, expert advice and online resources for high streets in England.  

The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely from 15 June.

This support is open to local councils and all organisations involved with high streets and will include free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence on topics including recovery planning and coordination, public space and place marketing.

Please find further details here: