Business Support - Coronavirus

    Please keep checking this page for further updates.

    The Government has introduced new business support measures and we are doing our very best to ensure that our businesses have regular updates. If you are an SME and do not qualify for Small Business Rate Relief and the associated grants as you are not in the supported sector please contact Martyne Manning, for further guidance.

    The Prince’s Countryside Fund Emergency Fund

    Funding for farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:

    • are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
    • are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or;
    • are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

    The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural businesses and rural communities. This may include volunteer and fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs; costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups; or rural foodbanks and food delivery services.

    The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

    The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

    Construction Industry Apprenticeship attendance grants

    Apply here for advanced payment of apprenticeship attendance grants for 2nd and 3rd year apprentices to help ensure future skills are retained in the construction industry amid the coronavirus outbreak.  The payments are expected to be able to support 7,500 apprentices, and will advance up to £2,500 in attendance grant at a time when retaining apprentices is critical. 

    Arts Council Emergency Response Fund

    A £160 million package to support individuals and organisations across the cultural sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Funding requirements have changed for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding to help alleviate pressure.  More information on the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund

    Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

    The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, has been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. Importantly, access to the scheme has been opened up to those smaller businesses who would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility but would not have been eligible for CBILS. Insufficient security is no longer a condition to access the scheme from Monday 6 April.

    Staffordshire Emergency Grants Programme

    There are 3 tiers for organisation grants: £1000, £1000 to £5000 and £5000 plus available to Charities, Voluntary Groups, Social Enterprises and other businesses as long as the project benefits the local community.  More information and how to apply is available on The Community Foundation website. 

    Small Business Grant

    The Government has provided £20 billion of business rates support and grant funding to help the most affected firms and we are now in the process of issuing the payments to over 2000 small businesses.  If you have uploaded your details you will be receiving payment shortly.  

    • Giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months
    • Providing small businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief a £10,000 grant 
    • Providing further £25,000 grants to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000

    If you Do Not pay by direct debit please complete the online form:

    Business Grant - online form

    or contact our rates team on 01785 619282 /

    IMPORTANT:  If you receive a phone call or email or text offering the Government Small Business scheme please do not give out any personal or financial information particularly bank account details.  Our staff will be contacting businesses to ask them to complete an online form on our website and will not be asking for bank details.

    Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

    The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to calculate the size of the grant. 

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    HMRC will pay employers a grant worth 80% of an employee’s usual wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that subsidised wage  - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    Businesses and venues that must remain closed

    To reduce social contact, the government has ordered the following businesses and venues to close: - guide to what businesses can and cannot remain open.

    Tradespeople can continue to work carrying out repairs and maintenance provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms subject to Public Health England guidelines, including maintaining a two-metre distance from any household occupants: -full guidance on staying at home and away from others / going to work.

    The following links will provide information relating to how your business can access HM Government support:

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