Employer Lockdown Support

Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we work with a number of organisations to support local businesses and employers including: Warrington Borough Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Collectively we are all working to support businesses in as many ways as we can throughout these challenging times.

Below is a helpful summary of what is available both nationally and locally to our employer partners.

Summary of national support available (through to March 2021):

  • Business Rates holiday for retail, leisure & hospitality
  • Kickstart Scheme
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
  • Business rates holiday for nurseries
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Coronavirus Future Fund
  • Self Employed Income Support Scheme
  • Discretionary Grant Scheme

Summary of local (Cheshire & Warrington) support available:

  • Cheshire & Warrington Recovery Grant
  • Accelerate
  • Restructure Capital Grant
  • Cheshire & Warrington Opportunities Portal
  • Peer-to-Peer Network Support
  • The Pledge

To find out more about any of the local initiatives, please visit: www.871candwep.co.uk.


Lead by the Local Enterprise Partnership we are working alongside a number of organisations to support their ‘Building a Better Future Together’ programme, which focuses on Economic Recovery Priorities through to 2023. Each of the key areas is listed below, along with the organisations to contact should you wish to find out more about the support available.

Business Recovery & Growth 

  • Grant support programme
  • Post EU-Transition support
  • Retail, Hospitality and Visitor Economy Action Plan
  • Peer-2-Peer support

Supported by:


Skills & Employment

  • Workforce Recovery programme
  • Accelerate
  • The Pledge
  • Institute of Technology

Supported by:


Energy & Clean Growth

  • Next generation nuclear
  • Smart Energy Systems – E-Port Blueprint
  • Supporting the shift to hydrogen

Supported by:


Sustainable & Inclusive

  • Sustainable & Inclusive Growth Commission
  • High Speed Growth Corridor
  • Natural Capital Audit & Investment Plan

Supported by:


Science & Innovation

  • Building on our life sciences excellence
  • GM Cheshire Life Sciences Fund Mk.2
  • Investing in the Science Corridor

Supported by:




  • Investment pipeline
  • Mobile & Digital Infrastructure
  • Networks for growth

Supported by:



  • Inward Investment and Place Marketing
  • Housing Pathfinders
  • High Streets & Town Centres

Supported by: