In these challenging, ever changing times, pro-manchester remains keen to support our members and the wider business community. There is a raft of advice out there and we are doing our best to collate all the key information for you here. It will of course be regularly reviewed over the coming months and please do contact us with suggestions to include.
We have launched a new Furlough Forum on LinkedIn to connect members who are unable to work during the outbreak. Please share with anyone impacted.
We are aware of a number of scam sites so please remain vigilant (and read the cyber security advice below). Any official government site will use gov.uk so be wary of any site presenting itself as government advice using .co.uk or .com.
National Government Support
Overview of business support: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/. This includes how businesses can access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS): https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/
Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
National Government Advice
Summary of the Bank of England Corporate Financing Facility: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2020/march/the-covid-corporate-financing-facility
Extra protection for businesses through a ban on commercial evictions and missed payments: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-protection-for-businesses-with-ban-on-evictions-for-commercial-tenants-who-miss-rent-payments
Local / Regional Government Advice and Support
GMCA is working with Business Growth Hub to issue further advice and support: https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus
– Job retention advice – https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/resources/2020/03/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Overview for businesses and employers from Manchester City Council: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500361/coronavirus/7928/coronavirus/2
Business rates delay update from Manchester City Council: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/news/article/8379/manchester_council_to_delay_business_rates_to_support_struggling_businesses
Employ GM connects employers who have urgent temporary vacancies with individuals across Greater Manchester, who are available to start working straight away during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: https://employgm.org/
Coronavirus in Greater Manchester: latest information and advice from Marketing Manchester: https://www.visitmanchester.com/featured-pages/coronavirus-in-greater-manchester-latest-information-and-advice
Health tech / manufacturer schemes
The Medicines Discovery Catapult is co-ordinating efforts to increase lab capacity for virus testing and is looking for scientifically qualified and/ or laboratory trained volunteers to support this: https://mdc.peoplehr.net/Pages/JobBoard/Opening.aspx?v=1311aeb3-2b95-4bcd-8a47-7d85f376375d
They are also looking to bring in laboratories that can act as testing hubs. Organisations who want to contribute are asked to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advice from the Cyber Resilience Centre: https://cyberresiliencecentre.com/COVID-19/onlineadvice