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CoronaVirus (Covid-19) Outbreak:

The Business Growth Hub continues to provide up to date information on the Government's support schemes. The Business Growth Hub is now proactively contacting businesses across GM as part of their #HereForBusiness campaign. If you want to access this support you can call them on 0161 359 3050.

Tameside Council is also continuing to keep up to date links to information on the national support offer, as well as local information and contact routes through the support for business section of our website.

Tameside's Business Rates team have a link to the Government's latest FAQ on their grant schemes.

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is giving free access to the GM Business Community to all businesses in the city region. 

E-Commerce platform provider Mercarto, which focuses on local food suppliers, has now launched the Mercato Fresh platform in Greater Manchester. The platform is free for suppliers to use and, to help local businesses get online quickly, Mercato is offering to upload their product lists for them. Mercato has teamed up with Street Cars to offer a delivery service, paid for by the customer, and also provide a click-and-collect order system. To find out more and to register go to Mercato Fresh.
Job Retention Scheme
The HMRC portal for businesses to claiming the Government Job Retention Scheme grant is now live.

To help businesses make accurate claims, the Government have published a step-by-step guide for employers, and placed a pre-recorded webinar on You-Tube

Guidance on making a claim, the information to have to hand, and what to do after you have claimed is here:
  1. Before you start.
  2. What you’ll need.
  3. How to claim.
  4. After you’ve claimed.
The scheme has been extended until June 2020, and the cut-off date for staff to be eligible for the Job Retention Scheme has also been extended so that members of staff who were employed and on a company’s payroll on or before 19 March are now eligible for grant support if they are furloughed
Business Rates Relief and Grants
Over £21.9 million has now been paid out by Tameside Council to local businesses, to support them through the crisis. We are working as quickly as possible to issue grants to eligible businesses and have processed 81% of all applications received.

We are currently distributing the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund to those businesses which have responded to provide us with the correct details. We are contacting eligible businesses which have responded to verify details where needed.
We have not yet received applications from about a thousand eligible businesses who we believe could get the grant. If you own a business which received Small Business Rates Relief, or are operating in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector and had a rateable value below £51,000, please check if you have received a form from us. We will be carrying out a telephone contact campaign in the next few days to ensure we pay the grant out to as many eligible business as we can as quickly as possible. 

The government has provided new guidance on the grants, aimed at reducing fraud, and put together an updated FAQ to address the most common questions about the schemes.

To enquire about the grant, and confirm that your business is eligible, please contact

Self-Employment support package
The Enterprising You self-employment support scheme is hosting a series of webinars to help the self-employed and gig workers to understand and access the Government's financial support packages. The sessions will be live on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April, at 10am and 1pm.

The Government has published more information on the Self-Employment Support package, announced at the end of last month.
Retaining apprentices
For businesses that are taking decisions on using the Job Retention Scheme to furlough their staff, the Government and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have now issued guidance to make it clearer that apprentices can be furloughed in the same way as other employees, and that they can continue to train whilst furloughed.
More information about how to handle breaks in training, and to take advantage of the new flexibility in the apprenticeship process, has also been made into a video by the ESFA.

Tameside Council remains committed to supporting local employers and training providers in delivering apprenticeships. Please contact us on if you require support. 
Supporting vulnerable residents
Tameside Council and our partners have been supporting vulnerable residents across the borough unable to go out and shop, by delivering food parcels and medication to their doors.

If your business can donate food or food packaging or would like to discuss how you could support in any way please contact us on
Supporting frontline charities
Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. The Government announced this package on Wednesday 8 April.
Supporting our suppliers
We recognise the key role we have to play in supporting the economy by keeping payments moving through our supply chain. We have written to all our suppliers, offering to work with those that are struggling financially or with capacity to deliver, to provide support and flexibility on payment and contract terms.

So we can support our suppliers, the council has set up the email address. We’re asking suppliers seeking assistance in this way to contact the email address and their contract manager if they wish to take advantage of any advanced payments or other support, and can meet the open book and performance criteria needed to allow this.
Supporting the fight against Covid-19
With the number of businesses stepping up to offer help and support in response to the crisis increasing by the day, the Government have introduced a new portal for companies to register what they can do to help the national effort.

The portal asks some questions about the type of support you can give. Once you have filled it in you will then be contacted as soon as possible if your support is needed.

You’ll need your company number if you have one.
If you would like to offer help and support locally, please email
Should I continue to trade?
The Government has issued updated guidance for employers and businesses on staying open during  the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The updated guidance can be found here, including guidance for individual sectors such as construction at the link to ‘sector specific guidance’.
BEIS has also published sector specific letters for the retail sector and to manufacturers, similar to the one previously issued to the construction sector.
If any employers would welcome further advice then they can contact The Growth Company.
If any employees need to report any concerns then they should contact Tameside Council through
Annual leave changes
The Government have amended the regulations on annual leave so more time can be carried over. This gives employers and staff more flexibility at this key time.
Linking people to employment
A new service has been launched to help match the skills of our residents with demand for employees across Greater Manchester. If you wish to advertise a vacancy, or look for work Employ GM is now live.

Tameside Council usually holds two job fairs a year. However, due to the current situation, instead of a physical job fair we are sharing current opportunities in Tameside online for people seeking employment or extra income. Click here to visit the virtual jobs fair.