The government announced a package of financial measures to support businesses during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. More than £50 million worth of business grants have been approved by Wirral Council so far, to keep local companies going through this crisis.

Please read the information below to find out how to access support.

Liverpool City Region Trading on Scheme October 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the Liverpool City Region economy and as a direct response the Government has provided Liverpool City Region Combined Authority with further Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding. The “Trading On Scheme” has been designed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and its constituent Local Authorities and will be delivered in Wirral by Wirral Council.

All eligible Wirral businesses are encouraged to apply.

The grant application form is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 12 November 2021. 

All businesses and charities must meet all of the following criteria:

  • employ globally between 10 and 249 Full Time Equivalents (FTE) working at least 35 hours per week and are on payroll
  • be based and have commercial property-related costs in Liverpool City Region and be able to evidence 2021 annual rental costs and annual business rates (where applicable)
  • must demonstrate the business has been severely impacted as a result COVID-19
  • be able to accept the grant under Subsidy Control/State Aid rules
  • be viable and trading on or before 1 April 2021, and continuing to trade now

Find out more on eligibility, terms and conditions and how to apply

Business rates support

A 12-month business rates holiday has been confirmed for nurseries occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Properties that have closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus) should be treated as occupied for the purposes of this relief. Government guidance can be found on GOV.UK.

A 12-month business rates holiday has been confirmed for retail, hospitality and leisure properties in England during the 2020-2021 tax year. Government guidance on the business uses in properties that will and will not benefit from the business rates relief can be found on GOV.UK.

Wirral Council has issued revised bills to qualified ratepayers, confirming that they will not need to pay any rates for the year.

Support for self-employed workers

Self-employed workers can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits, up to £2,500 a month, to help them cope with the financial impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

People will be eligible if at least half their income has come from self-employment, as registered on the 2018-19 tax return filed in January. The scheme is open to self-employed people earning under £50,000 a year and payments will start in June.

HMRC will contact those that are eligible directly.

Find out more about support for self-employed workers on GOV.UK

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government’s step-by-step guide explains the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It also describes the processes involved.

Find out how to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK

Combined Authority business support

Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region (LCR), has recently announced a £15 million support package from existing Combined Authority projects to support businesses and the community and voluntary sector, including:

  • £5 million to support businesses to access national government funds and improve the survival rate of LCR businesses
  • the launch of Sustain, a 6-week programme of intensive support for 240 SMEs across all sectors
  • the launch of Gather, a programme offering free online support to Liverpool City Region SMEs working in the digital, creative and tech sector
  • Mettle, an online business resilience programme, which will support 120 SMEs in the digital, creative and tech sector
  • £400,000 to support micro-businesses and SMEs in the cultural sector

On 12 June 2020, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region (LCR), launched a £3 million LCR Future Innovation Fund to support businesses in the region to adapt and innovate in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. More information on the Growth Platform website.

Government business support finder tool

This new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The finder tool on GOV.UK asks business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, and you will be directed to a list of all the financial support you may be eligible for.

Use the Business Support Finder tool

Other useful sources of information