Coronavirus: Local business support and advice

Last updated: 07 April 2022, 12:00

Opening your business

If you are planning to open your business please review the COVID-19 Tool kit which aims to help Lincolnshire businesses become COVID-19 secure, resume trading safely, and protect their staff and customers as lockdown is eased.

Advice and support for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Guidance, detailing the measures retailers should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards are available below.


Free business advice

West Lindsey District Council has secured the support of Clare Bailey, a Lincolnshire-based independent business advisor, to help businesses to navigate there way through the current situation and to help ensure you are recovery-ready!

You can contact Clare directly via clare.bailey@retailchampion.co.ukin the first instance, or call 07462 218000.

Business Support Webinars

Think Local, Love Local this Valentines

Clare will be delivering a 1 hour online session on Monday 24 January at 10.30am for businesses looking to drive footfall during this year’s Valentines season.

This sessions is available to all businesses for free! Book your place now.

If you would like to ask questions about any sessions, please contact Clare via clare.bailey@retailchampion.co.uk.

Download and watch past online seminars and workshops

Over the past few weeks, Clare has provided several online workshops. Links to the recordings of these workshops are in the following list, they are accessed by using the service provided by WeTransfer. Please bear in mind that the recordings are large files and may take a while to download.

After you’ve had a chance to watch the ones you want, please do take a moment to leave your feedback.


Clare will really value the feedback – so thanks in advance for sharing

Business support – preparing for a post-covid world!

If you would like to book a 1-2-1 to cover any of your specific questions or concerns regarding reopening, or adapting your business to a post-covid world, then please contact Clare Bailey via clare.bailey@retailchampion.co.uk.

Food premises advice

For general information for food premises visit our food safety for businesses pages.

We have created some simple advice and guidance for food premises who are developing their takeaway offer in relation to COVID-19 and our Food Team are available to help any businesses in relation to this.

The Food Standards Agency have produced guidance for businesses, visit Food safety for delivery: hygiene and allergy advice for takeaways and food delivery businesses.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have issued some Food Delivery and Takeaway Guidance.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) partnership

To provide help to our small-business community, West Lindsey District Council has partnered with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), who are able to provide smaller businesses in the district with information to respond to the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19.

Membership benefits include: free business banking, 24/7 legal advice, HR support, tax guidance, late payment and financial help, insurances, health and safety information plus healthcare.

You can find out more by visiting the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) website.

Discounted one-year membership promotion

As part of West Lindsey District Council’s partnership with The Federation of Small Businesses we are offering business owners an £80 discount on a one-year FSB membership.

Business support

Latest information on funding and resources for businesses affected by COVID-19 are available on the Business Lincolnshire website.

From accessing government funding to guidance on the next steps your business should take, Business Lincolnshire expert advisers are available to offer advice and support during this challenging time.

Email businesslincolnshire@lincolnshire.gov.uk to get in touch today or register your enquiry by calling the Covid-19 Information and Advice helpline on 0800 998 1098 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

VisitBritain / VisitEngland have also created a COVID-19 Advice Hub for tourism and event businesses. They are feeding in industry concerns to Government via the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group and will be sharing practical advice as soon as it becomes available, publishing the latest announcements and industry information on this page. You can also keep up to date locally through Visit Lincoln.

Has your business been forced to make redundancies?  Do you need redundancy or recruitment advice?  Are you looking for help to find a job?  West Lindsey District Council is working with a number of partners to provide support to employers and employees facing redundancy situations during this difficult time.

For more information please visit the Redundancy and HR Support pages on the Business Lincolnshire website.

For the latest news and announcements on support for business please visit the government's Covid-19 business support website.


If you need further guidance please get in contact with the Growth Team at growth@west-lindsey.gov.uk.