New grant for small businesses across Cheshire and Warrington

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A new grant programme to help small businesses across Cheshire and Warrington to get back to work has been announced.

The Cheshire & Warrington Recovery & Restructure Grant can offer an 80% grant up to £5,000 (or 60% on items purchased from May 1 – July 23,2020) to support eligible Cheshire and Warrington businesses adjust to the Covid-19 outbreak.  

The Grant is open to trading small & medium enterprises, social enterprises, charities or sole trader based in the Cheshire or Warrington LEP area.

Unfortunately new businesses which have been trading for less than 12 months are not eligible for support thought this programme.

The project is funded by the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and managed by Blue Orchid Enterprise Solutions.

Funding for the Recovery & Restructure Grant comes from the Growing Places Fund which the C&W LEP Board has approved the use of in the form of grants to small businesses to be invested in ways that will support businesses to re-open, operate and grow in a Covid-safe way. 

The grant can pay towards capital items business may need to recover or restructure their business to trade through the Covid-19 outbreak.

Examples of the support that can be provided includes:

  • IT equipment, e.g. Tablet & Contact payment systems, ICT equipment to support homeworking. Excludes Mobile telephones 
  • Fixed PPE equipment e.g. plastics screens & sanitiser dispensers
  • Building alterations e.g. creation of one-way systems, building of outdoor seating, serving hatches etc.
  • Web sites, Mobile Apps, etc.

Once your application is approved you will need to purchase the equipment and goods your business requires and submit a claim to reimburse you the agreed value.

The grant cannot pay for day-to-day running costs, servicing debt or towards cash flow

Applications are made online, further infromation and how to apply can be found here  

For futher details call 01606 539118.