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Financial support for businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Support for business from April 2021

You can only apply for one grant if...

  • you are liable to pay business rates (even if you receive a zero bill) apply for a Restart Grant before 30 June 2021.
  • you are not liable to pay business rates apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant before 31 May 2021.

Restart Grant

Restart grants will not be awarded automatically, you must apply if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The Government announced grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and fitness and sports businesses in England who are liable for business rates and trading as at 1 April 2021. The scheme is a one-off grant called the Restart Grant and the amount a business receives will depend on the type of business and the rateable values.

The scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services who:

  • were liable for business rates on the 1 April 2021, and
  • were trading on the 1 April 2021, and
  • have not exceeded the maximum permitted subsidy allowances, and
  • are not in administration, insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made.

A definition for each sector can be found here:

Before you start

You will need the following to complete the application form:

  • Your Business Rates Account Reference Number (this will be on your most recent bill).
  • Copy of your most recent company bank statement (clearly shows the name of business or ratepayer; address; sort code and account number).
  • Details of your company/VAT registration number as shown with Companies House/HMRC.
  • Details of any other grants you received relating to COVID-19.

You must be registered for business rates (even if you have a zero bill) on 1 April 2021 to make an application.

The application window is only available from 1 April 2021 - 30 June 2021 and, unfortunately, we will not consider late applications.

We do not accept applications from third parties for Restart Grant. The grants are subject to tax and will need to be declared in tax returns. HMRC has the authority to check records held on grant payments if requested.

Apply

If you meet the criteria you can apply online:

Apply for a Restart Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant

If you do not pay business rates you may still be eligible for financial support. Your business will fall into one of the groups below or a significant percentage of your turnover will relate to the supply and/or support of a business in one of groups:

  • non-essential retail,
  • hospitality, accommodation,
  • leisure, personal care,
  • personal fitness and sports businesses.

The scheme is a one-off grant called the Additional Restrictions Grant and the amount you receive will depend on the type of business.

A definition for each sector can be found here:

We will consider applications from businesses that fall outside these groups if they continue to be affected by ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. However, payments to these businesses will only be made once payments to all eligible businesses in the above have been made.

The scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services who:

  • were trading on the 1 April 2021, and
  • have not exceeded the maximum permitted subsidy allowances, and
  • are not in administration, insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made.

Before you start

You will need the following to complete the application form:

  • Copy of your most recent company bank statement (clearly shows the name of business or ratepayer; address; sort code and account number).
  • Details of your company/VAT registration number as shown with Companies House/HMRC.
  • Details of any other grants you received relating to COVID-19.

The scheme policy can be found here:

The application window is only available from 1 April 2021 - 31 May 2021 and unfortunately we cannot consider late applications.

Apply

If you meet the criteria you can apply online:

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

Social clubs

The Council is aware that social clubs were not able to access the additional £1,000 government grant for wet led pubs. Therefore, we are inviting applications from social clubs that do not/have not served food to now make an application.

The application window is only available from 1 April 2021 - 31 May 2021 and late applications will not be considered.

You can make an application online:

Apply for a Social Club Grant

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