A COUNCIL has told businesses it is ready to help them with outstanding bills in the current coronavirus pandemic.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough regeneration boss Cllr Phil Riley wants struggling firms to contact the town hall as soon as possible.

He promised the council was committed to helping them through the current Covid-19 crisis.

Cllr Riley said: “We know this is a very worrying time for businesses and their employees. Blackburn with Darwen is home to 6,000 thriving and vibrant businesses.

“We recognise the sacrifices and changes people must make in the current emergency.

“However, there will be an end to coronavirus so it’s important that, once we get through this period, our businesses are in the best possible place to move forward.

"As a council, we are committed to supporting them.

“We are expecting further government advice on the delivery of local grants to businesses which we hope to start administering in the very near future

“If any business is struggling to pay any of their outstanding invoices or accounts with the council, then we want them to get in touch with us as quickly as possible using our online form.

“We are here to listen to your individual circumstances and to help make sure you can access the support you’re entitled to help ease your financial pressures.”