Stay up to date with the latest information & announcements which may affect your business.

The coronavirus pandemic is firstly a health emergency, but secondly an economic emergency.  In order to help ensure our businesses are fully informed, Penrith BID have created this page to keep businesses up to date with the latest advice and information for businesses.

The information on this page is provided courtesy of the Penrith BID.


Last Updated 30th March

For Business

Coronavirus business support grants – Allerdale Council

How to apply for a three month extension to file accounts

Government Guidance to businesses and premises to close

Full Press Release from Home Office

Government Coronavirus Business Support 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s updated statement 20.03.2020 – full speech

Updated advice from Dodd’s Accountants following Chancellor’s speech on 20.03.20

Eden District Council Support For Business

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Following the Chancellor’s business support announcement yesterday relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are keen to ensure that you have access to information as soon as it is available. The relevant page can be found at:

Government Guidance for businesses and other venues on social distancing measures

Support for Business

Government advice for employees, employers and businesses

Confederation of British Industry Coronavirus Hub

Eden District Council Guidance for Takeaway Service

KPMG Advice on Pandemic Planning as part of a resilience strategy

Bank of England Advice on Financing Facility

Government Advice for the General Public

Federation Of Small Businesses – advice

acas advice – updated daily

Financial help for the self-employed
HMRC  help line for the self employed and businesses 0300 456 3565
HMRC number (0800 0159 559) for anyone with any tax worries


Home Office Guidance on Key Workers re. Schools

Companies House:  Companies can apply for an extension if they are unable to file their accounts on time due to coronavirus. Extensions are generally given for up to 30 days.


NHS advice for the general public

Public Health England

Cumbria County Council

Government Assistance

Main Government coronavirus page


We have started to pull together a resource toolkit to be used by businesses in town.  The aim here is to share good practice and to save time and effort across our businesses.

Please feel free to download these documents and posters to use and adapt.

All Businesses

Payment Type Poster

We are still open poster

Government Advice Poster

Food and Drink Businesses

COVID-19 support for restaurants and takeaways

acas has useful advice for employers:

General Advice for food service outlets

Support for restaurants and takeaways

If you have resources which you think may be useful to other businesses in town, please email them to The Cockermouth Chamber of Trade here and we will upload them to this page.

Let’s share good practice and help each other as much as possible.

Recommended Tech and Tools

Messaging: Chat software like Slack and Microsoft Teams allow seamless communication between individual team members, departments and the entire company.

Video ConferencingGoogle Hangouts and Zoom offer video calls and conferencing.

Project Management: Trello is a great way to manage a project or workflow remotely.