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The latest news and updates from the Liverpool BID Company.

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

28 May 2020|

The Government have put together a range of support and guidance for businesses who have been affected by coronavirus. You can now watch videos and register for free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

19 May 2020|

Anyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; and now also a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste can book a test.

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to your employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

19 May 2020|

From Tuesday 26 May, a new online service will be launched for small and medium-sized employers to make claims and to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

13 May 2020|

Today, Tuesday 12 May, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. This means that furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. New flexibility initiatives will be introduced from August to help get employees back to work and boost the economy.

Eight weeks to save the UK High Streets

7 May 2020|

UK High Streets are on the brink of collapse as the eight-week countdown to the next quarterly rent instalment begins this week, according to the #RaiseTheBar campaign. Figures released by #RaiseTheBar show 54,638 businesses from pubs to shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, galleries and gyms are currently unable to access the £25,000 RHLG grant due to their business rates valuation falling between £51,000 – £150,000.

Micro-loan scheme – Bounce Back Loans – Up to £50,000 or 25% of turnover

27 April 2020|

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced today (27/4/2020) a new micro-loan scheme for businesses. The newly-announced Bounce Back Loans will cover up to a maximum of £50,000, or 25% of turnover, with the government paying the interest for the first 12 months.

23/4/2020 – New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure

23 April 2020|

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic.

Retail, Hospitality & Leisure: Government, it’s time to #RaiseTheBar

21 April 2020|

Liverpool BID is joining with a national campaign, #RaiseTheBar, asking Central Government to expand the rateable value threshold for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses from £51,000 to any business with a rateable value up to and including £150,000, allowing businesses the opportunity to access the £25,000 grant in order to survive. Our campaign is supported by industry wide bodies that represent over 100,000 businesses across the UK.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

18 April 2020|

On Monday 20 April, the UK Government’s system will go live for you to put in a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The Scheme comes as part of the government’s unprecedented furlough scheme that is keeping millions of people in jobs and it will now be extended for a further month, the Chancellor confirmed on Thursday 17 April.

A 5-point strategy to help business prepare for post-lockdown

17 April 2020|

There is no prospect of the UK’s lockdown being lifted before the middle of Spring, but it won’t be as simple as just opening the doors to towns and cities to aid any economic recovery. To protect high streets in the medium term, there needs to be a strategy to secure the confidence of both business and the public.

Metro Mayor launches new suite of virtual support to help bring stability to local digital and creative business community

16 April 2020|

Today (Thursday 16 April), Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram launched a new suite of virtual support for Liverpool City Region Digital Creative and Technology (DCT) business leaders designed to help them navigate the unprecedented shock to the local economy of COVID-19.

08/3/2020 – Metro Mayor Announces Free Travel for NHS Staff on Liverpool City Region Buses and Merseyrail

9 April 2020|

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region has today (Wednesday 8 April) announced that NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains across the city region.

02/4/2020 – Merseyrail announces extra evening services for key workers

2 April 2020|

Yesterday (Wednesday 1 April), Merseyrail announced a reduced timetable starting on Thursday 2 April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with services operating between 07:00 and 19:00 Monday to Saturday (Sunday services differ).

Culture Liverpool – Connecting our Communities

1 April 2020|

You can now say goodbye to boredom, as Culture Liverpool have put everything that you need in just one place! Say hello to “Connecting our Communities” which is filled with free learning resources and workouts, virtual tours and even bedroom gigs! The website is now live and here to keep Liverpool active, connected and engaged at home.

Liverpool City Centre Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO). What does it mean for you?

7 January 2020|

A PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) is in place in Liverpool city centre since 7 January 2020 to prevent people obtaining money whilst attempting and succeeding in selling articles or entertainment in the public highway which has been causing a detrimental effect to the well-being of children within the city centre, as well as, people living, visiting or working in the area for a sustained period of time.

Apply to host a LJMU Intern as part of their funded internships

4 December 2019|

Aiming to support business growth in the Liverpool City Region (LCR), this year’s LJMU fully funded (at no cost to the business) Internship Programme is primarily targeting small to medium size businesses. This gives growing businesses the opportunity to get one month of support from a student who is looking to work in the LCR.