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Have your say, Grants, Cabinet Office Updates


It feels rather like we’re treading water until the government unveils their new roadmap out of lockdown on 22nd February. Until then, I do have a few updates for you.

Tell us what you think

PenrithBID still need your input. We need to know your thoughts on if we’ve got our Priorities right, and we’d like your ideas for Penrith High Street 3.0. What projects do you want to see once lockdown restrictions are relaxed?

Email, call or take part in our survey (it takes less than 5 mins to complete.) All ideas welcome!

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 Government Grants

EDC are continuing to offer a range of grants to businesses who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Full details can be found here

I am aware of some issues with the LRSC (Closed) grant for those who are forced to close. Please get in touch with EDC if you have been paid this grant on previous lockdowns but have not received money for the current lockdown.  Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant are still being accepted – this is for businesses who are not eligible for the LRSC (closed) grant have been severely impacted by the January lockdown.

 Cabinet Office Updates

Workplace Testing

The Department for Health has published information about a new drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown to detect Coronavirus in people who are not showing symptoms.

The Press Release can be seen here.

COVID-19 Testing for Employees

Businesses can register to order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests for  employees if:

  • Your business is registered in England
  • You employ 50 people or more
  • Your employees cannot work from home

Businesses should register interest to participate in the scheme here:

This service is not for employees with symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should order an individual test and stay at home.

Safe Tourism: We’re Good to Go

Visit Britain have confirmed that they will be retaining the We’re Good to Go programme for the next few months to aid tourism business recovery. The industry standard and supporting mark means businesses across the sector can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across all tourism industry sectors.

If you have signed up to We’re Good to Go, please make sure you are using the standard across your marketing channels to help you further.

For more information visit



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