Business rates support and grants

Our Business Rates and Business Bolton teams have been working hard to process grant payments, to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Over £57m of grants have been allocated to support local businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or retail rate relief. The grant funding for small business and retail, hospitality and leisure grants closed on 28 August 2020 with all final payments being made by September 2020.

The Government have issued a press release about additional grant funding for businesses affected by local lockdowns. No further details have yet been received for Bolton and details will be added here when they become available. Please email or sign up to our newsletter to be added to our mailing list to receive the latest updates and information.

For up to date information about funding and other financial support measures available due to COVID-19, go to

National guidance on additional grant funding for businesses in the form of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG).has now been published. We are now awaiting specific Bolton guidance. We will share more information when details are confirmed.

NHS test and trace app

The Government are launching a new test and trace app #NHSCOVID19app on 24 September 2020, to help businesses track & trace customers. Find out more about it and get your business ready by downloading NHS QR posters.

Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, will be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS test and trace and you will be required to display official NHS QR code posters under law ahead of the NHS COVID-19 app being rolled out nationally next week.

The app will be a vital part of NHS test and trace in England and will provide users with local risk information, alert them if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and very importantly has a built-in QR scanner to check-in at venues.

Business Bolton

Business Bolton, our business support team can help with support, advice and link to other council services to help your business. The team offer a free investment and property relocation service and work closely with partners such as the Business Growth Hub and GM Chamber of Commerce to support start up and growing businesses.

For further details on the support available and latest news please visit

Workplace Safety Advice

The government has issued guidance to help businesses in the UK get back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible. This follows the Prime Minster setting out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, aimed to protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund the country’s vital public services.

Government Support

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.

The government have provided a coronavirus business support finder tool, which will help businesses and self-employed people to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them. Visit

See the latest government guidance for businesses on COVID-19, including advice for individual sectors.

Business Growth Hub

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the hub has developed a range of resources and guidance to ensure businesses feel supported and are prepared to act quickly as the situation unfolds.

  1. Coronavirus business FAQs
  2. Webinar series: The Growth Company hosted a series of live webinars to help businesses prepare for the potential economic impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  3. Guide to Remote Working
  4. Self-employed support package: The Chancellor has announced measures of support for freelancers and the self-employed impacted by COVID-19
  5. Keeping the cash flowing: Business support and finance specialist Phil Hargreaves gives his insights on the key things that every business should be considering to continue operating in a crisis.
  6. Supply chain advice from the experts: With the spread of the coronavirus continuing to affect global supply chains, we round up some advice from supply chain experts on how to ensure resilience to any disruptions.

Employ GM - New employment service

A new service, Employ GM, has been launched to help people get back into work across Greater Manchester.

Pick for Britain

The Environment Secretary has launched a new Pick for Britain website to address the fact that we are likely to only have about a third of our normal labour force for this year's harvest. As such, we will need to rely on British workers to lend a hand to help bring that harvest home. Opportunities are available across the UK for those seeking a second job, particularly those that are furloughed. 

Adult and Community Learning

A range of qualifications and courses have been made available for learning on-line. Many are free and subsidised, depending on your circumstances. These qualifications and adult learning courses aim to support your wellbeing, develop digital skills, improve employability prospects and help you find a career change. All listed training providers are approved and funded to deliver adult education.