Live Coronavirus Q&A with industry experts

Blackburn partnership Coronavirus Q&A

Blackburn BID, BwD Hive, and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are working in partnership with brilliant BID and Hive members to hold an online business support day to help all our businesses during these unprecedented times. 

To be held this Thursday, April 9th, the ‘Ask the Experts: Coronavirus Q&A’ session will see local experts from the legal, accountancy, banking and public sectors offer free advice in an online forum on the BID website.

The sessions which will be open to all businesses in Blackburn and Darwen, will allow businesses to get free live advice about issues they are facing as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus, such as applying for grant funding from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; employment and contract law; maintaining healthy cash flows and regulation changes at HMRC; and financing options available to businesses such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme (CBILS). 

The ‘Ask the Experts’ sessions will run throughout the day and will be focused on the following themes:

10am – 11am: COVID-19 grant funding and business rates holidays Accessing business support from Boost and the Lancashire Growth Hub with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Growth Lancashire

11:30am – 12:30pm: Employment, commercial law and HR with Farleys Solicitors, Forbes Solicitors, Napthens Solicitors Taylors Solicitors.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Banking and finance with NatWest Bank.

3pm – 4pm: Accountancy & Business Advice  with Beever and Struthers, PM+M

The live ‘Ask the experts: Coronavirus Q&A sessions will be available on the Blackburn Town Centre BID website at

Please ask your question online during the relevant time to receive a live answer from our experts.  You can ask a specific expert a question and you can use the expert profiles to help with this, or you can ask a general question on the theme and our experts will decide who is best to answer the question.

If you are not available during the above sessions to ask your question, please contact Catherine Price, Blackburn BID Manager in advance to ask your question and she will raise it during the session –

Blackburn Town Centre BID Chair, Nicola Clayton, and The Chair of Hive, Ian Brown, said: “Both the Hive and the BID are here to support our local businesses and we know that these are worrying and difficult times for you and your business.  We both hope that a session like this will help our local business community to face this challenge head on so that the thriving economy that we all built and nurtured before this crisis remains thriving after it.”

Please note this is a public forum and you should not disclose personal data on the site, in addition the experts will not be able to provide advice on specific personal circumstances (e.g. progress on a grant you have applied for) on the live Q&A.

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