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COVID-19 support package for business announced

The Chancellor has announced a £330 billion package of support measures to ensure the impact of COVID-19 on business is minimised. The measures are in addition to those announced in the Budget and include:


  • A local authority cash grant of £10,000 for businesses that are currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs.
  • Grants of £25,000 to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000.
  • Employers will be refunded by the Government for the cost of providing 14 days’ statutory sick pay for employees who need to self-isolate.
  • A Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme that will provide loans of up to £5 million to support and protect small businesses. The first 6 months of the loan will be interest-free. The scheme will temporarily replace the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme.
  • A dedicated HMRC COVID-19 helpline to allow businesses and self-employed people who are in financial distress and have outstanding tax liabilities to receive support with their tax affairs.

Keighley Community Led Local Development – Bidders Event

Keighley CLLD will be issuing calls in the coming weeks for proposals to deliver our remaining activities:

European Social Fund (ESF)

10. Practical & advisory support for employers to overcome barriers to recruiting people with disabilities

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

5. Small scale business grants scheme to support start-up, growth, and accessing business space and equipment.

6. Activities to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment in the CLLD area.

7. Support for federation/cluster development for small businesses to collaborate for a range of outcomes including progression and retention of skilled people within the key sectors and businesses.

8. Tailored business support for start-ups and existing SMEs, including mentoring, coaching, information, advice and guidance, business planning, and signposting and information on skills, productivity and quality improvement support.

If you are interested in delivering any of the above, and to be given practical advice about what makes a good application, we encourage you to join us at this event where you can meet other like-minded organisations, Local Action Group members, Bradford Council Procurement staff and our CLLD support team

Booking is recommended through Eventbrite or contact the CLLD Support team on 01535 607775 or email

Visit for more information about Keighley Community Led Local Development.

Community Led Local Development funding aims ‘encourage local groups & organisations rooted in the community to deliver projects that contribute to increased employment, develop new & existing businesses and improve opportunities to enhance local life’