COVID-19 Guidance for Our Customers


During this time of uncertainty, our main priority is the safety of our customers and colleagues. We want to continue to support our customers through this difficult time by keeping our communities (virtually) connected and up to date with relevant news, events Government updates and financial support available. 

Summary of Government Support

Business Support

For all business support events, including webinars and 1:1s, visit our events page.

Below we have listed a number of useful links and information about business support, grants, loans and corporate finance facilities;

Dedicated UK Government page for all guidance and support to employers and businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak

Manchester City Council information on Business Rates Relief 

Business Growth Hub; Keeping your business operating and managing finance, cashflow and supply chain

The Knowledge Transfer Network will be highlighting calls for support across many different sectors and signposting National Contact Points and specific funding calls

Private loan availability information;

Lloyds Banking Group are making £2 billion available to small businesses affected.

NatWest are making £5 billion available.

Connecting the Community

Whilst we're less physically connected during this difficult time, we want to make sure you stay up to date and connected with the wider community. 

MSP and Circle Square At Home - share your insights, advice and experience

Email Olly Storr to get involved -

Bionow - here to help and support life science businesses

As well as regular virtual coffee chats and webinars, our partners at Bionow continue to support the biomedical and life sciences sector across the North. Take a look at Bionow's regular events here.

Staying active 

It’s more important than ever to take regular breaks and stretch your legs when you can. If you're a regular at the Bright Building studio gym, you might already know Swann Fitness Instructor, Paulina Samitowska. Paulina has created a simple home HiiT workout video for you to try, with minimal equipment needed. Give it a go here!

Taking a mental break

The Headspace app is offering a free series of sessions titled Weathering The Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Find out more here:

Other Useful Updates

IT Advice for Home Working

MSP customer, Lucid Networks, is offering tips and advice to businesses to equip their teams for working from home:

How MedTech and Life Sciences businesses can help

If you are a company or an innovator with a potential COVID-19 related solution, please contact the relevant national agency direct. Contact information is provided via this link:

If you have any other solutions (not specifically COVID-19 related) that could be useful to the health and care system during this unprecedented time, you can access AHSN advice and support by visiting

NHSX has announced a call for all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. You can read more about the TechForce19 challenge here:

Page updated: 30th March 2020