CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Blackburn Coronavirus Updates

Please keep checking this page for updates about Blackburn and the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have any further questions, please email us and a member of our team will be in touch.

Lockdown lifting for retail outlets

As you may have seen, the Prime Minister last night announced that non-essential retail can re-open from next month. Click here to see the timeline.

Mall management pay tribute to hardworking staff

Management at The Mall Blackburn have paid tribute to staff that have worked tirelessly to ensure that the centre remained partially open throughout the Covid-19 crisis to enable the local community to benefit from the services of the essential retailers.

Free webinars for working safely

The Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has organised a series of free webinars next week and the week after about working safely during Coronavirus.  They include: Restaurants offering takeaway & delivery Shops & branches (I’ve booked on this one) Vehicles Offices & contact centres You can book on any of the events here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-18685150848 I’m also attaching some […]

Homeware stores re-opening and changes to insolvency and company law

Homeware stores and building supplies companies have been added to the list of stores which may re-open as part of the easing of lockdown measures.

Recovering Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments launches on 26 May

It’s been announced this morning that the online service for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees will be launched on 26 May.

Salesforce Small Business Grants Programme

Grants are on offer to small firms across the UK, supporting them through the difficulties they are experiencing because of the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

Job Retention Scheme update

The Government has issued updated guidance regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme following the confirmed extension of the scheme. Find out more here:

Discretionary Grants Update

The government have published guidance on the Local Authority Discretionary Fund for businesses which was announced on 1 May. Blackburn with Darwen Council are using the guidance to develop a local scheme of grants.  Find out more here:

PPE equipment available

Following a successful application to the Community Foundation for Lancashire, Rummage Rescuers CIC are going to purchase and distribute free PPE to charities/volunteers/frontline workers completely free of charge!

UPDATE: Estate agents, self-employment claims open and small business advertising funds

UPDATE: Estate agents, self-employment claims open and small business advertising funds

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