COVID-19 support

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 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.

Every Wednesday afternoon (4pm) we will run a webinar with Grayling PR to summarise the announcements and answer your questions. You can also sign up to their daily review bulletins.

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.

Business support grants: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding

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

Coronavirus FAQs: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

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

– Supply chain advice – https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/resources/2020/03/coronavirus-supply-chain-advice-from-the-experts

– Cash flow advice – https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/resources/2020/03/coronavirus-keeping-the-cash-flowing

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: covidtestingassistance@dhsc.gov.uk.

Cyber Security

Advice from the Cyber Resilience Centre: https://cyberresiliencecentre.com/COVID-19/onlineadvice