Business Support - Coronavirus

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    If you think you are eligible for a Closed Business Lockdown Payment, Lockdown Grant for Closed Businesses, Lockdown Grant for Open Businesses, Wet Led Pub Grant, Re-Start Grant please refer to the Business Rates page for information on applications and closure dates.

    If you think you are eligible for the Assisted Restriction Grant (ARG) below please refer to our guidelines before applying to ensure your business qualifies - Local Restrictions Grant Guidelines (pdf 173kb)


    Additional Restrictions Grant

    Under the Additional Restrictions Grant, the council received a one off lump sum payment amounting to £20 per head of population as national restrictions were imposed on 5 November. A further amount was made available in January 2021.

    The allocation of these funds is providing urgently needed support to businesses that are seriously impacted by the national lockdown but do not qualify for Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses. If you are currently in receipt of LRSG your business is ineligible to apply.

    Grants for Self Employed People and Small Businesses Operating from Home

    A one-off grant of £2,000 will be available to self employed, sole traders and small businesses, who have suffered a loss of income of 30% or more, due to trading restrictions.  Applications will be open from 15 April to 30 June.  We hope to pay all eligible applicants by the end of May subject to receiving all correct evidence.

    Such applicants could include (but not limited to)

    • Driving instructor, Riding Instructor and others who provide one to one in person lessons
    • Personal Fitness Instructor, Sports Therapist, Sports Coaches for children, 
    • Performer, Artist, Writer, Photographer, Cake Maker, Costume Designer
    • Mobile hairdresser, Beauty and Treatment Technician, 
    • Dog Walker, Groomer, Pet Sitter

    Check List
    Before you complete this form, please be aware of the information and documentation that you will need. The form will ‘time-out’ after 20 minutes of inactivity and you may lose the data if you delay.

    Our application form is now available if you wish to apply for this grant only:

    Self Employed Grant Form
     

    Self Employed Traders Small Companies
    Obtain your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code for your business Obtain your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code for your business
    Date Business Began Trading Date Business Began Trading
    Unique Tax Payer Reference Company Registration Number
    National Insurance Number VAT Registration Number (if applicable)
    Annual Turnover (income from business) Annual Turnover (income from business)
    Details of any other Business Support Grants Received (if any) Details of any other Business Support Grants Received (if any)
    Evidence of Trading such as Accounts, Business Cards, Website etc Evidence of Trading such as Accounts, Business Cards, Website etc
    Bank Statements for
    • January to March 2020 and
    • January to March 2021
    Bank Statements for
    • January to March 2020 and
    • January to March 2021

    Suppliers of Goods and Services to the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors

    Grants will be paid to small to medium enterprises ( less than 250 staff and £50 million turnover) which were not mandated to close on 5 January and have been affected by Covid-19 as their primary function is to provide goods or services to the Hospitality, Retail, Leisure and Events sector. Such trade should represent more than 50% of the expected business of the organisation applying.

    For any periods from 5 January onwards, during which the suppliers customer base is mandated to close, grants will be paid as follows;

    • Businesses operating from domestic premises can claim a grant of £375 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)(The business must be registered at Companies House)
    • Properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants of £667 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)
    • Properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants of £1,000 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)
    • Properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants of £1,500 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)
    • Non-ratepayers occupying commercial premises will receive £667 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)

    A one off final payment will be made to businesses who on the 1st April satisfy this criteria as follows:

    • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
    • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
    • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.
    • Businesses operating from domestic premises will receive a payment of £2,000.

    No applications will be considered for this grant unless received by 30 June 2021.

    Claiming and Evidence

    • Businesses will need to evidence how they have been severely impacted by mandated closure of their customer base - either indirectly or directly.
    • Businesses will need to demonstrate a fall in income of more than 30% for the period Nov/Dec/Jan compared to the same period in the previous year 2019/20
    • Businesses will need to provide bank statements from 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021, compared with 1 November 2019 to 31 January 2020.

    Businesses less than 12 months old must provide the following evidence:

    • Bank statements for November 2020 to January 2021 showing the decline in revenue compared to a 3 month period of being open
    • Demonstrate significant property costs as evidenced by commercial rent or mortgage payments, utility bills and buildings and contents insurance being paid

    Occupiers of Shared Commercial Spaces

    Businesses trading prior to restrictions being imposed from commercial premises for which they are not the direct ratepayer (e.g. shared spaces or premises under a paramount control of another party) will receive a pro rata payment equivalent to of £667 in respect of each 14 day period, for which they are mandated to close, commencing 5 November and ending 31 March 2021.

    A one off final payment of £2,667 will be made to businesses who on 1 April satisfy this criteria.

    No applications will be considered for this grant unless received by 30 June 2021.

    Regular Market Traders

    Regular Market Traders, trading within the council’s area and not having received a grant from another local authority, will receive £1,334 for each 28 day period of national lockdown, or Tier 4 restrictions, commencing 5 November 2020.

    Where lockdowns exist for a period other than 28 days, a grant of the pro-rata equivalent will be paid. This currently includes:

    • 28 days commencing 5 November 2020 (£1,334.00)
    • 5 Days commencing 31 December 2020 (£238.21)
    • 42 days commencing 5 January 2021. (£2,001.00)
    • 44 days commencing 16 February 2021 (£2,096.00)

    A one off final payment of £2,667 will be made to businesses who on 1 April satisfied this criteria

    No applications will be considered for this grant unless received by 30 June 2021.

    Application form and instructions for the Supply Chain Grant, Shared Space or Market Trader Grant.

    Other News

    For Coronavirus restrictions in your local area and how this affects your business visit: Find Coronavirus local restrictions - Gov.uk

    There are 14 guides here that cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and a fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Working safely during Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Gov.uk


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


    If you are a Borough based business and have not qualified for Small Business Rate Relief or any associated Government grants and are looking for financial assistance please refer to our Financial Advice webpage.

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