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We are working with the business community through the current COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they are supported with information, advice and services. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at

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Grant Schemes

A full list of the grant schemes is available here
As of the 31 March 2021 applications for the following grants are now closed, applications that have already been received are still being processed.
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum from 05 January onwards
  • Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment


Additional Restrictions Grant Fund (for domestic & commercial based businesses and Tameside Taxi licence holders)

The final round closed for applications at 11:59pm on Monday 31st May 2021.

Any applications received before and up to the closing date will be processed as efficiently as possible and applicants notified
If you have been asked to provide additional evidence in support of your application please email this to
This inbox is solely for the receipt ARG applications and/or additional evidence, queries will not be replied to from this inbox.

Want a kickstart? Employment help info for younger jobseekers and potential employers

The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded opportunity for young people to gain experience of working in some of Britain’s most exciting companies.
Jobseekers can learn more here: Want a Kickstart? - Job help (
Employers can learn more here: Kickstart Scheme opens for employer applications - GOV.UK (
Employers interested in Kickstart but requiring more information about local Gateway providers or support to deliver the employability skills required can contact Employment & Skills to arrange a call

Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub

The Business Growth Hub is the main source of advice and guidance to businesses in Greater Manchester and they have put together a dedicated COVID-19 response website which has frequently asked questions, webinars and guides on various topics such as cash-flowlegal issues and setting up remote working.

Tameside Business Resilience Clinic

The Tameside Business Resilience Clinic has now launched with the aim of facilitating free advice and support to Micro and SME businesses across Tameside. The new clinic will operate across a range of platforms to make it easy for businesses to access, using webinars, emails and phone calls by appointment.  The support provided includes signposting to existing help from the Business Growth Hub, such as online workshops or webinars; matching relevant professionals like managing directors, human resources specialists and supply managers to local businesses.
To find out more information and to register for support click here: Tameside Business Resilience Clinic

Brexit Support Fund

SMEs can apply for a £2,000 grant to help them adapt to the new rules when trading with the EU
This is part of the Government’s £20m SME support package announced on 11 February that will help small businesses who trade with the EU or move goods between GB and Northern Ireland.
The grant can be used for training or professional advice about customs, rules of origin and VAT aspects of imports and exports.
More information can be found at


Redundancy Support

Tameside Council’s Redundancy Support page has been created to enable individuals and employers to easily access support, training and guidance. If you are an employer who needs to make redundancies or an individual who is at risk or has been made redundant then help and support is available to help you through this challenging time.


Make Mental Health Your Business

During this challenging time ‘Make Mental Health Your Business’ by knowing what support is available for everyone in your business including yourself. The following links give you easy access to a wealth of mental health and wellbeing support:

Tameside & Glossop Mental Health Support including Mental Health Support for Staff – TGMH Support
Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health and Work During the Coronavirus Outbreak – MHF Support
Mental Health at Work, Your first stop for better Mental Health at Work – MH@W Support

The Working Well Early Help programme offers free personalised support and advice if you have a disability or health condition in Greater Manchester and are off work due to ill health.

Corona Virus Job retention scheme

– Extended until 30 September 2021 


VAT reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

– Extended until 30 September 2021.


Help to Grow scheme – Management and Digital support

– Discounted training and vouchers for digital tools.

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