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Greening Update and Cabinet Office update


Announcements from the Cabinet Office:

Two announcements from the Cabinet Office to draw your attention to today:

1) Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

The Chancellor announced a new loan scheme – the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan – to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus.

  • The scheme will go live from Monday 4th May 2020 and cash will be released within days for eligible businesses.
  • Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
  • The government will guarantee 100% of the loanand there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • Loan terms will be up to 6 years.
  • The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.
  • The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

Press notice:

Further guidance

2) DfE Skills Toolkit

Today DfE have launched the Skills Toolkit  a new online platform giving people easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

Please share this information with staff, friends and family who may benefit.

Here is the link to The Skills Toolkit to use in social media posts:


Greening / Penrith in Bloom update

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Penrith BID are unable to go ahead with the greening project this summer. As a result, we will not be offering hanging baskets or planter sponsorship for businesses in the town centre.  Whilst this is hugely disappointing, we hope that you will support us next year when we aim to come back bigger and better with the summer planting.  Thank you to those businesses who have already placed orders, but I am afraid we will be unable to fulfil your baskets or planters this year.

If circumstances permit, we may be able to put out a smaller floral display later in the summer.

The stock of plants which have been grown for the project are being resold via Starfruits, the hope is that this money will cover the expenses already spent.  People will be able to have Penrith In Bloom from their own home!


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