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Financial support for businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

West Cheshire is now in Tier 2: High alert COVID-19 restrictions. Those non-essential businesses forced to close from 5 November to 2 December are able to open except for pubs that do not serve food that will be required to remain closed. You can find out the full details by visiting the Government website.

GOV.UK: Financial support for businesses

Cheshire West COVID-19 financial support for business grants are still available to support businesses but please read the information below as they have changed.

Local Restriction Support Grant (closed): available for pubs who must remain closed because they do not serve food. The Council has no discretion over this grant and will make payments in line with Government guidance.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (open): available to businesses within the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors that have been significantly impacted by the social mixing restrictions of COVID-19 measures whilst the Council is under Tier 2: High alert restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (sector): available to businesses that have remained closed since 23 March 2020 such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.

Additional Restrictions Grant: the Council is currently reviewing its policy for tranche two discretionary payments under this scheme and an update will be available very soon.

Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors, manufacturing) will not be eligible for this grant. Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will also not be eligible for a grant.

Having received a high volume of applications the Council is still focusing on making grant payments to those businesses forced to close under the national lockdown restrictions, hospitality, leisure and accommodation impacted by Tier 2: High alert restrictions or are in a sector closed since 23 March 2020. Those applications received from businesses who have remained open but have been significantly impacted are taking longer than expected.

Please do not submit duplicate forms for the same business premise as this may delay payment.

There is no need to pay an organisation to make an application on your behalf and please always be alert for phishing emails and scams.

Use the online form to make an application if you are a pub forced to close as you do not serve meals or a business in the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sector:

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