AN online question and answer session for Blakcburn with Darwen businesses will take place today to give them support during the coronavirus crisis.

It starts at 10am at

Hosted in partnership by Blackburn Town Centre BID, the BwD Hive Business network and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, these fortnightly online business support sessions aims to hel

The morning sessions will cover:

10am to 11am: General advice on business rate relief, grants and financial support available.

11.30am to 12.30pm: The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Bounce Back Loans and Support for the Self-Employed

The afternoon session will take place from 1.30pm and will be an opportunity to ask questions about planning for re-opening and recovery.

Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s boss, said: “These sessions are really useful for giving further support to local businesses and firms and the feedback so far has been very positive. There are a range of experts on hand to offer help in specific areas and I would encourage any businesses with questions about the current situation to log on and see how we can help."