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Key Village Business without Cheshire East COVID -19 support

Most readers will know the central role that The Lord Combermere provides as a village hub run by Jo and Allan Brown,but not many will realise the apparent lack of support being provided to such key businesses in villages such as Audlem by Cheshire East Council.

The TLC has provided coffee mornings and lunch clubs for the elderly of ADCA Community group whilst the New Annexe was being built over several years, it is a prime choice of venue for many special occasions of local groups such as The Rambling Society, Probus, AWEG, ADAS, Quiz teams and formal occasions such as funerals. Allan is a very active village supporter as a Member of the Audlem Special Events Team and has provided the local football team with their playing kit for several years.

Business Support Grants for Small Businesses

Government support Grants have been provided for smaller businesses as follows
up to £10000 for businesses with business rates of up to £15,000
up to £25,000 for businesses with business rates between £15,000 and £51000

and several businesses in our village have been able to take advantage of these.

On the 1st May the government announced further Business Grant Support known as the Discretionary Fund to support small/medium businesses such as the Lord Combermere.

The Lord Combermere

On Tuesday morning Allan Brown from the Lord Combermere was interviewed by Phil Mcann of Radio Stoke. and described the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown on his business.

The Lord Combermere is a significant employer of local young people and lockdown meant that two thirds of staff had to be furloughed on the government scheme as the business income dropped by 75% whilst fixed costs remained the same.

Always the entrepeneurs, Jo and Allan immediately set about creating a takeaway business with a restaurant menu, a fruit and vegetable market, and frozen meals all of which the local community has been very supportive.

However with a rateable value of £54250 the Lord Combermere did not qualify for the initial business grants but should qualify for the additional Discretionary Grants announced by the Government on the 1st May.

Neighbouring Local Authorities such as Cheshire West and Chester have quickly risen to support their local businesses as can be seen by clicking here

Similarly Warrington Council here

Both of which have invited applications by 1st June.

Where is Cheshire East Council ?

At the last time of looking Cheshire East Council website provides little or no information to help such Businesses as the Lord Combermere apply for Business Support grants, particularly those announced on the 1st May.

Cheshire East now need to urgently step up to support local rural businesses who employ local people