Rochdale BID want to keep you updated with the latest news, information and advice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please check our website daily for more updates for businesses and website individuals.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates

The government has launched a new calculator to help employers with their next CJRS claims. 

Employers can use the calculator to work out how much they have to pay their furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees, how much they can claim for employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions and how much they can claim back.

You can access the new job retention calculator here: https://bit.ly/CJRSCalculator

Please note that the calculator will be updated to reflect changes to the scheme over the coming months. 

In addition, employers can now also download a template if you're claiming for 100 or more employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (for claims on or after 1 July 2020).

You can download the new template here: https://bit.ly/CJRSTemplate


Eat Out to Help Out

Diners will soon be able to get money off their bill on certain days in August to encourage a return to cafes, pubs and restaurants.

The promotion gives people a discount of up to 50% when eating or drinking soft drinks in a participating restaurant or other food establishment.

It is valid all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August

The maximum discount available is £10 per person when you eat or drink in.

Food and drink will appear on the menu at full price, and the restaurant will deduct the money off the bill and claim it back from the government.

The discount is only available on food and drink that you intend to consume on the premises, and can be used as many times as you like.

There is no limit on how many people can use the discount in one party, and it includes children.

The discount cannot be used on alcoholic drinks, service charges or food for a private function or event.

At this time, the following Rochdale Town Centre venues are taking part:

  • Bombay Brew
  • Russells Café
  • Bean
  • Regal Moon
  • Flying Horse
  • Medicine Tap
  • Baum
  • Petit Bistro
  • Vicolo Del Vino
  • Costa Coffee
  • Heavenly Desserts
  • Subway

The BID has prepared a video to support those venues taking part on the scheme which can be viewed here:


Thank you

As we support one another through COVID- 19, it is important that we continue to share the right information and official government guidance to help keep everyone in Rochdale safe.

The BID wishes to thank everyone in Rochdale for adhering to this temporary way of life. It is incredibly inspiring to see so many local people and volunteer groups pulling their resources together to look after the most vulnerable in our community.

Useful Links

COVID-19: what you need to do


Support for businesses and employers during coronavirus (COVID-19)


General guidance for employees during coronavirus (COVID-19)


If you have any queries regarding the support which his currently being offered, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07811 278517.

Paul Ambrose

BID Manager

28 Jul 2020