Covid-19 News

26/05/2020- Working Safely During Coronavirus – Shops and Branches

Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments. (Source: Gov UK) More

13/05/20- Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced yesterday. In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four... More

13/05/20- Self-employed grant scheme to open to applications

Millions of self-employed people whose business has been affected by coronavirus can apply for grants from the government from today, Wednesday 13th May. The Self Employed Income Support Scheme is designed to match the support being given to furloughed employees.... More

12/05/2020- Closing certain businesses and venues in England

All businesses and venues outlined in the table below must not open to the public. Failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the individuals responsible for the business being issued a prohibition notice, a fixed... More

12/05/2020- Coronavirus: What should my employer do to keep me safe?

The government has issued new guidance on how different workplaces should be made safe for staff during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: BBC News)   More

04/05/2020- Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £50,000. (Source: Gov.UK) More

04/05/2020- Top-up to local business grant funds scheme

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. Sefton Council is awaiting further guidance, we will update this page when this has been received (Source:... More

01/05/2020- New service launched to connect suppliers of PPE with those who need it most

A new website has been launched to connect suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) with those who need it most during the coronavirus crisis. The PPE Exchange service allows key and frontline workers across the independent, voluntary and public sectors... More

30/4/20- Corona Virus Job Retention Scheme Webinars

HMRC are running a series of webinar giving guidance on the Job Retention Scheme The next available webinars are today (Thursday 30th April) at 2.45pm, or tomorrow  Friday 1st May at 10.45am. Each webinar will last for 45mins and will... More

28/04/2020- New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: More

20/04/2020- Millions to claim as UK furlough scheme goes live

A government pay scheme to keep staff on the payroll despite not working due to coronavirus has gone live. (Source: BBC News) More

17/04/2020- Metro Mayor announces £15m Coronavirus business support

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced plans to redirect £15m from existing Combined Authority projects to support businesses and the community and voluntary sector through the Coronavirus crisis. This support will include: £5m to support businesses to access national government... More

16/04/2020- Growth Platform online events and Webinars for Businesses

Growth Platform are running a series of weekly, free, online events, to help support businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Full details on all of the events including how to join can be found on the Growth Platform Website: (Source:... More

15/04/2020- £14m in small business grants has been processed to businesses in Sefton

To date, grants worth £14 million have now been processed to businesses across Sefton who qualify for the support. This is a priority for the Business Rates Team and they continue to process over 200 claims a day, worth an... More

09/04/2020- Over £10m in small business grants has already been processed to support over 800 businesses in Sefton

Over £10m in small business grants has already been processed to support over 800 businesses in Sefton at this time. Sefton Council’s Business Rates Team are working hard to process the remainder of the grants.  For more information visit More

09/04/2020- The Prince’s Trust and NatWest launch £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet... More

09/04/2020- PPE call to action for businesses

The Growth Platform are working together with the Merseyside Resilience Forum to support their key role in coordinating the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. InvestSefton is working closely with Growth Platform ( They have asked us... More

08/04/2020- Sefton Council rolls out business support funding and support to local businesses during COVID-19

Businesses in Sefton are being offered a series of support packages, as measures are taken and developed to tackle the impact of COVID-19.  The response is being driven by Sefton’s Business Rates team with support from InvestSefton, which leads on... More

07/03/2020- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – Update and Q&A

To find out more about the upcoming scheme, register for this webinar with British Business Bank about the CBILS: (Source Barclays Eagle-Lab Liverpool) More

03/04/2020- Free business advice from the Professional and Business Service community

Growth Platform is co-ordinating a panel of accredited Professional & Business Services specialists willing to provide informed pro bono business advice and support to companies in the Liverpool City Region in response to the challenges they are currently facing during... More

03/04/2020- Changes to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

A revamped loan fund for ailing firms hit by the coronavirus lockdown will have an immediate impact, RBS has said. RBS chairman Sir Howard Davies admitted there had been problems but expects to see a “sharp increase” in lending to... More

02/04/2020- Call for Action – Help from Businesses

The Government have provided a list of goods, items and support that are urgently needed. This includes things such as: Medical testing equipment Medical equipment design Protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser Hotel rooms Transport... More

02/04/2020- HMRC Employer Support Webinar

HMRC are offering a series of three half hour live webinars to provide information on business support. The next one is Thursday 2nd April at 4pm. Follow this link for more information on our useful guides and information page. The... More

30/03/2020- The Chancellor’s bailout ignores many self-employed

Actors and other artists in sole-person limited companies not covered (Source: The Guardian) More

27/03/2020- What help will self-employed get from government?

Employees kept on by struggling businesses during the coronavirus outbreak will have 80% of their wages subsidised by the government, but ministers were criticised for not going so far for the self-employed. Read more here (Source: BBC News) More

26/03/2020- Estate agents, lettings agencies and bingo halls to pay no business rates this coming financial year

Many high street businesses that have closed due to Covid-19 restrictions will now be exempt from business rates. Read more here (Source: More

25/03/2020- Fraud and Cyber Crime

  Experts from the National Cyber Security Centre have revealed a range of attacks being perpetrated online as cyber criminals seek to exploit Covid-19. Read more here (Source: National Cyber Security Centre) More

25/03/2020- Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of Coronavirus will be protected from eviction

Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments. Read more here (Source: More

24/03/2020- How will the Government New Job Retention Scheme Work?   More

24/03/2020- How is £94 a week going to pay anyone’s bills?

Freeland gig economy workers say they cannot survive on the support offered by the government. BBC News More

23/3/20- Job retention scheme announced

The Chancellor has announced a job retention scheme to support UK businesses to continue to pay the salaries of employees who would otherwise have been laid off due to the coronavirus outbreak. To access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, employers... More

20/3/20- Self-employed? Here are your rights during the coronavirus crisis

You may not be able to get sick pay and redundancy pay, but other benefits may be available. Read more (Source: The Guardian) More

20/3/20- Seven essential tips if you have to work from home

You may find yourself regularly working from home over the coming weeks as employers attempt to limit staff exposure to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more (Source: Sky News)     More

20/3/20- UK urged to pay for workers wages

The government has been urged to step in immediately to pay firm’s wage bills to prevent mass unemployment. Read more   (Source: BBC News)     More

20/3/20- UK interest rates cut to lowest level ever

The Bank of England has cut interest rates again in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more (Source: BBC News) More