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    New Round of Business Grants and Business Rate Holidays

    The Chancellor’s budget statement on 3 March promised further support, in April to businesses continuing to be affected by lockdown measures.  

    Also the Council has extended its discretionary grant scheme, which will now make grants to self employed businesses, from 30 April.

    Business Rate Holidays Extended

    Businesses in the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors who received a 100% reduction in their rate bill in 2020-21, have now had that holiday extended for 3 more months.  From 1 July onwards this reaction is reduced to a 66% discount, subject to certain qualifying criteria.  We will contacted affected businesses before the 1 July.

    Grants for Self Employed People and Small Businesses Operating from Home

    A one-off grant of £2,000 will be available to self employed and small businesses, who do not have commercial premises but have suffered a loss of income of 30% or more, due to trading restrictions.

    Our application form will appear here shortly and no later than 15 April.  With payments being issued from 30 April onwards.

    Re-Start Grants

    A one-off, final grant will be paid to businesses that were required to close during lockdown, with the amount of the grant being dependant on the type of business.

    • Non Essential Retail outlets can be paid a grant of up to £6,000
    • Leisure Hospitality and Accommodation businesses can be paid up to £18,000

    Wherever possible, we will make these payments automatically based on information tat you have provided previously.  If we need any further information from you, we will contact you directly.

    Any business that feels they may be eligible, who has not previously received grants from us, should complete the application form below.

    The grants currently available are summarised below.

    Name of Grant Businesses Affected and Dates Closing Date
    Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

    Nightclubs etc closed since 23 March 2020

    No Longer Available

    31 March 2021
    Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 
    • 31 October – 4 November 2020 inclusive (Tier 3).
    • 2 December – 30 December inclusive (Tier 3).
    • Any subsequent periods during which closures are mandated.
    No Longer Available
    31 March 2021
    Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

    Businesses mandated to close.  

    • 28 day period from 5 November 2020 (National Lockdown)

    No Longer Available

    31 March 2021
    Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Tier 4 19 December 2020

    Businesses mandated to close

    • 31 December 2020 - 4 January 2021 inclusive (Tier 4)

    No Longer Available

    31 March 2021
    Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January Onwards Businesses mandated to close.  
    • 42 day period from 5 January 2021 to 14 February 2021
    • 44 day period from 16 February to 31 March 2022

    30 April 2021

    31 May 2021

    Closed Business Lockdown Payment One off payment based on rateable value, for businesses mandated to close 30 April 2021
    Christmas Support Payment for Wet Led Pubs

    One off payment of £1,000 for wet led pubs

    No Longer Available

    31 March 2021
    Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation Businesses severely impacted under the 3 tier system 31 March 2021
    Restart Grants

    Strand 1 – Non essential Retail

    Strand 2 - hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises

    30 June 2021

    30 June 2021

    Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Discretionary fund to be developed in phases 30 June 2021


    The Council’s policy for the distribution of funds - Local Restrictions Grant Policy (pdf 173kb) 

    Businesses operating from commercial premises, who have not previously received grants, can apply here:

    Online Form and Instructions

    Self employed residents and small companies operating from domestic premises are asked to review this page. The form will be available no later than 15 April.

    For further guidance and support available to businesses during Coronavirus use the button below:
    Coronavirus - Financial Support - Businesses


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