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COVID-19 help for businesses and self-employed

A number of initiatives to support business during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have been put in place by the Government and other agencies. We are working to to be able to provide you with this new funding and support locally. This page will be updated with local information when Government policy develops.

For information and updates on government business support please see the Coronavirus Business Support page from the Government.

You can also use the GOV.UK Business Support finder to see the support available for your business.

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Covid-19 support grants for businesses

The Government has made several grant schemes available to businesses impacted by local and national restrictions due to Covid-19. The different grants available, along with which business can claim, are listed below.

Restart Grant Scheme

On 3rd March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.  Full guidance on restart grants is available on the .gov.uk website.

See the restart grant announcement on the GOV.UK website

Under the Restart Grant scheme, Local Authorities will receive funding to be allocated in one-off grants to businesses.

There are 2 strands to the scheme,

Non Essential Retail and

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business.

  • Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely.
  • Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public.

Applications for the Restart Grant scheme will be open for applications until 30th June 2021.

If you do not meet the qualifying criteria for the Restart Grant you may be able to apply for support from the council’s additional restrictions grant fund.  We will update this page with details of the new ARG funding support shortly.

Apply for Restarts Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grants

National Restrictions required non-essential retail, and leisure, hospitality, personal care and other businesses providing services to the general public to remain closed from 16th February to 31st March. During this period businesses are eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed

You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided here.

For the period of closure from 16th February to 31st March, the following grants are available

£2,096 for premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000
£3,143 for premises with a rateable value £15,000 to £50,999
£4,714 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more.

The deadline for applications for grant for this period is 31st May 2021. If you have made an application for any grant since 1st November 2020 then this payment will have been made to you automatically.

If you have not applied for the earlier grants you can make an application here

Before you apply, make sure you have read the details of the grants that are available and the Government guidance. You will be required to complete a declaration confirming that you understand the details of the scheme that you are applying for and that if a grant is paid in error that it will be recovered from you in full.

When you make your application, you will need your business rates account number. If you don't have a business rates account but think you're eligible for a grant you can apply and will be asked for details of your business. You will need a copy of your business bank account statement, which will need to be provided as evidence that your business was trading at the relevant dates.

National Restrictions were announced from 5th January 2021. Whilst the national restrictions remain in place businesses that are required to close by law will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) – LRSG (Closed).

You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided on here.

The LRSG (Closed) is based on the rateable value of the property that a business occupies, the grant will be:

For the period 5th January 2021 to 15th February 2021

£2,001 for premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000
£3,000 for premises with a rateable value £15,000 to £50,999
£4,500 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more.

The deadline for applications for this period is 31st March 2021

Businesses that were required to close from 5th January 2021 will also be eligible for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP); which is a payment which will be made in addition to the LRSG (Closed).

The closed business lockdown payment will be:
£4,000 for premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000
£6,000 for premises with a rateable value £15,000 to £50,999
£9,000 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more.

Applications for CBLP will need to be made by 31st March 2021.
The grants for this period are no longer available.

From 2nd December to 30th December Tier 2 restrictions were in place within Worcestershire. The restrictions meant that some business, such as pubs that did not serve food, needed to close; other business could remain open but will have been impacted by the restrictions that were in place.
From 31st December to 4th January Tier 3 restrictions were in place and this meant more businesses were required to close by law.
If your business was required to close by law, then you will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) – LRSG (Closed).
You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided on here.
If your business could remain open but was impacted by the restrictions that were in place, then you may be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Open).
The LRSG (Open) is aimed at businesses that were open when these restrictions came in and specifically those within the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors (for example bars, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, theatres).
We will also provide support to businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure supply chains if they have been significantly impacted (for example food and drink suppliers to bars and restaurants).
You can find out more about LRSG (Open) here
The LRSG (Open) scheme is a limited fund and when available funding has been used no further grants will be payable.
The deadline for applications for support for the period from 2nd December to 4th January was 31st March 2021.
Grants for this period are no longer available.

National Restrictions were in place from 5th November 2020 to 1st December 2020. Businesses that were required to close by law will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) – LRSG (Closed).
You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided on here
The deadline for applications for support for this period was 31st March 2021.
The Grants for this period are no longer available

Some businesses have been required to close at a national level since 23rd March 2020. These businesses include

  • Nightclubs
  • Discotheques
  • Dance Halls
  • Sexual Entertainment Venues
  • Hostess Bars

These businesses will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector).

You can check whether you are eligible for LRSG (Sector) on the GOV.UK website here

The deadline for applications for LRSG (Sector) was 31st March 2021.

The LRSG (Sector) grant is no longer available

Businesses that are ineligible for Local Restriction Support Grants but have been significantly impacted by coronavirus restrictions may be eligible for support from the Council’s discretionary grant scheme.

Discretionary Grants are available for the periods:

1st November 2020 to 2nd December 2020
31st December 2020 to 4th January 2021
5th January 2021 to 15th February 2021
16th February 2021 to 31st March 2021

The scheme provides a grant equivalent to the amounts that would be available under the LRSG (Closed) scheme. An additional payment equivalent to the Closed Business Lockdown Payment will also be paid to business that occupy premises in the Non-Domestic Rating List. The discretionary grant is intended to support businesses that

  • Are required to close by law, but occupy premises for which they are not liable for business rates (for example some business in shared accommodation or business incubation units)
  • Businesses which pay businesses rates and are in the supply chain for businesses in the retail, hospitality, or leisure sectors
  • Businesses which pay business rates and manage or organise events, provide travel or accommodation solutions, or are within the tourism sector.
  • Business which pay business rates and are supported by the late-night or hospitality economy.

    Other businesses may be eligible if they can demonstrate a significant reduction in income as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. This will be a reduction in turnover or income of more than 30%.

    Full details about our Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Grant) Scheme are available here

    The Council’s discretionary grant scheme requires an application to be made during the relevant period of restrictions. The relevant periods ended on 31st March 2021 when the final period of LRSG (closed) grants ended the deadline for application was 31st March 2021.

    The discretionary grant scheme is no longer open for applications.

You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided here.

Help on business rates

All eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors will pay no business rates in 2020-21. Please note that some of the initial exclusions for this relief, such as estate agents and letting agents, are now included. We are currently working to ensure no payments are drawn from eligible accounts.

  • Any properties occupied by providers of Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of Early Years Foundation Stage and are subject to Business Rates in the year 2020/21 will receive a 100% discount. Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to relief for each of their eligible properties.

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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) supports self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Tax helpline

HMRC has a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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More Coronavirus information

Bromsgrove District Council is working with partners and key agencies to stay up to date in receiving top-level guidance on Coronavirus, and will be taking appropriate action across its services as required. To check service updates during the outbreak please visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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