COVID-19: support for businesses



Blackpool Council is committed to helping businesses in the town to access the support available to help them cope with the COVID 19 pandemic including the Omicron variant.

We will be regularly updating the information available here on Blackpool Unlimited to be as current as possible.

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**Latest 21st Dec** £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK

Additional support will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced today (21 December).

  • Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses
  • Government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK
  • £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund, enabling more cultural organisations in England to apply for support during the winter

Recognising that the rise of the Omicron variant means some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks, the government is providing one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises for businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England.

At what is often their most profitable time of year, many pubs and restaurants have seen cancellations and reduced footfall as people have responded to the rise in cases ahead of Christmas, with Hospitality UK reporting that many businesses have lost 40-60% of their December trade, often their most profitable month.

Around 200,000 businesses will be eligible for business grants which will be administered by local authorities and will be available in the coming weeks. Read more

Useful links

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate scheme (SSPRS)

Local authority business grants

Local restrictions and government guidance

Advice and information from Blackpool Council

NHS Test and Trace app

.GOV.UK Covid 19 Guidance and business support

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