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Support for Businesses

Please be aware of fraudulent activity and scams. Use trusted websites and emails and think before giving personal details as we have received reports of online fraudulent activity relating to COVID-19 financial support.

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

If you would like to sign up to receive an email notification about business support, including support available nationally, regionally and locally, please use this link to join the Live Work Invest mailing list

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.

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. A webpage has been set up to collate Government’s advice and guidance.

The support announced so far includes:      
Full details of the additional support for businesses and workers, can be found at the link below:
Covid-19: Support for businesses

Grant funding scheme frequently asked questions

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

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.

Social distancing in the workplace

To help businesses plan how their staff can return to work, eight sets of guidance of social distancing in specific workplaces have been published online. Some businesses will operate across more than one of the settings listed below and will need to think about how the guidance affects them:  

Tameside Employment Fund

We will ensure Tameside Employment Fund grants are efficiently paid to make sure businesses which have taken on staff through the scheme are supported.

If you would like more information on how your business can benefit from the Tameside Employment Fund (TEF) and support a young person into employment please click here TEF Scheme.

Communications shared with businesses

We’re sharing regular updates with our partners in the business community and you can read the messaging which has gone out below:

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Self-employment support package

The Government set out plans that will see the self-employed receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least three months (paid from June 2020).

Tameside residents could benefit from the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, with those eligible receiving a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years. This initiative will cover 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment.
Further guidance on claiming a grant through the coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is available on the Government website.

Enterprising You                                                                                                                                                                                      

Are self-employed and concerned about how Coronavirus might impact you and your business? Free support and advice is available to help during these challenging times, click Enterprising You to find out more about what is on offer and to register for support.

Coronavirus support from businesses

Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.
The support needed includes things like:

  • medical testing equipment

  • medical equipment design

  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser

  • hotel rooms

  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people

  • manufacturing equipment

  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage

  • expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications

  • social care or childcare

You’ll be asked some questions about the type of support you can give. You’ll then be contacted as soon as possible if your support is needed.
Click here if your business can provide support.

Food businesses

Coronavirus and food

It is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It is not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.

Any food handler who is unwell should not be at work. If they have symptoms, they should follow government advice and stay at home.

Although it is very unlikely that coronavirus is transmitted through food, as a matter of good hygiene practice anyone handling food should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This should be done as a matter of routine, before and after handling food, and especially after being in a public place, blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.

To find out more about this head over to the government’s webpage providing guidance for food businesses on coronavirus.

Food delivery and takeaway guidance
We understand that businesses may look to change their operating model and diversify during this time. 
This advice is for businesses looking to make provision for the takeaway and delivery of food, where they haven’t done before. It should be used together with the business’ own food policy (Safer Food Better Business, or equivalent) and Public Health England guidance on coronavirus. The Safer Food Better Business pack should be updated/enhanced to reflect the delivery service and how it will be offered safely.
Check out this food delivery and takeaway guidance for comprehensive advice if your business is looking to switch and offer takeaway food.

Additional links

Guidance for businesses and other venues on social distancing measures

Apply for an extension on filing your annual accounts

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.

We are also working with STAR Procurement to streamline the procurement process to ensure that new goods and services can be accessed as soon as practically possible. 

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.


If you have any further enquiries please email for support.


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