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From January 5, non-essential retail is required to remain closed under the government's new national restrictions.

Businesses are only allowed to remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises.

To support businesses and individuals working in the sector which has been one of the most impacted sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic facing a series of financial and operational pressures, we have developed this toolkit to help you access a series of resources and business support.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Our guide to the Job Retention Scheme to inform your business planning

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Redundancy during COVID-19 Redundancy during COVID-19

This guide provides information on planning, the redundancy process and support for employers and employees.

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Accessing Social Welfare Benefits Accessing Social Welfare Benefits

Find out the latest information on claiming benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Skills support Skills support

Resources to support skills and training in the emerging economy

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Business support

Financial Support Financial Support

Financial support available for business during the coronavirus pandemic

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EmployGM EmployGM

Support for employees and suppliers who are impacted by the closure of high street retail chains

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Employment Legal Advice Employment Legal Advice

New service launched to help individuals across Greater Manchester to access free employment-related legal support.

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Skills Support for Employment Skills Support for Employment

Improve your skills and knowledge, boost your confidence and access to a wide range of employers and exclusive job opportunities.

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The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.