Latest Updates and Government Guidance

Flexible Repayment for Bounce Back Loan borrowers

On 8 February 2021, the Chancellor announced repayment flexibilities for Bounce Back Loan borrowers, with the ability to tailor payments according to individual circumstances. The scheme provides the option for small and medium-sized businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. The new options include: Extending the length of the loan from six [...]

The Roadmap out of Lockdown

Roadmap out of lockdown revealed as businesses learn when they can reopen Speaking in the House Of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his desire to see schools welcome back pupils who have been learning at home from March 8. Due to the relatively uniform spread of the virus across the country, the Government plans […]

Budget 2021: Relief extended for businesses on rates and VAT

Pubs, restaurants and other non-essential retail businesses have been given further help in the Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed in his Budget on March 3rd that the business rates holiday and the VAT cut will be extended The 100% business rates holiday will be extended into the first three months of this financial year, through […]

Ongoing Work In Progress

We find ourselves transitioning through an unprecedented public health emergency, which is having an impact on all of our businesses.  Skipton BID is working on a number of projects and initiatives to support levy payers during the ongoing pandemic.

In collaboration with Skipton Town Council and Craven District Council we are currently developing a town recovery plan, progressing with a refresh of branding for Welcome to Skipton, and supporting our businesses in government guidance updates, information on grant and funding opportunities and the town reopening guidance as we come out of the January 4th imposed lockdown.

Skipton BID remains open and operational, and as your Business Improvement District our role is to support our member businesses through these difficult times.  To do this we have created a three-point action plan in line with our business goals, that we will implement to keep you informed, share your messages and best practices, and represent our members.

1. Keeping Businesses Informed

Every Tuesday morning we host a town partnership meeting with representatives of Skipton Town Council and Craven District Council to discuss pending actions, raise business and community concerns and plan for the months ahead.

We will use our communication channels including this webpage, as well as our e-news and social media channels to keep you up to date with the latest developments and guidance around Coronavirus.  We will include links to the latest health messages and direct you to the most recent and relevant information on business related matters.

Action: Submit your questions for discussion to

2. Sharing Advice and Best Practices on Business Recovery Podcasts

In collaboration with Rombalds Radio we are creating a series of new podcasts in conversation with experts from the Skipton area to share their advice, answer your questions and highlight best practice examples.

Action: Submit your questions either anonymously or under your name / company for any of the below topics by clicking here to Rombalds Radio page.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • Furlough and how to bring your employees back to work
  • Managing finances and CIBLs loan repayment
  • Hospitality, tourism and marketing out of a pandemic
  • Business reinvention – adapting, pivoting and diversifying business to a new post-pandemic market

3. Promoting Skipton

The speed at which the Coronavirus situation is moving means the true impact on businesses is yet to be seen. We will represent our town and businesses at regional virtual forums and by engaging with key decision makers in both local and central government, to ensure they understand the impact on businesses and the town.

We will also work with our partners in the town and district councils on the Skipton Plackemaking Group for a co-ordinated approach to promoting Skipton both as a place to run a business as well as a place to visit.

Action: Subscribe to our e-news for regular updates and opportunities to get involved and promote your business. Enter your email at the bottom of our homepage,

If you want to send any information to Skipton BID directly for promotion contact or send us a DM on any of our @SkiptonBID social media channels of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
And be sure to use #AtHomeInSkipton on your own content so we can help extend your reach.