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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.

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Covid-19 support grants for businesses

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.

If you have previously completed an application form for a Covid business support grant because your business was asked to close at any point since 1st November then we will use the details you previously supplied to make a new grant payment, you don't need to reapply.

See if your business is eligible

Read through the information below on the different business grants available to see if you're eligible (you may be eligible for more than one grant, but you will only be required to make one application for support):

Businesses required to Close from 5th January 2021

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.

Businesses that were required to close during this period 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 two grants will be paid separately, and we are working on a process to ensure that you do not have to apply for CBLP

Businesses required to Close or significantly impacted by closures between 31st December and 4th January 2021

From 31st December 2020 Tier 3 restrictions were implemented in Worcestershire. The restrictions meant that some business needed to close; other business could remain open but will have been impacted by the restrictions that were in place.

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).

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.

Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs

This Government grant for certain pubs where tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions were in place for all or part of the period from 2nd to 29th December is a one off grant of £1,000.

It is payable to pubs which usually:

  • are open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than for occasional entertainment
  • allow drinking without the purchase of food
  • allow drinks to be purchased at a bar.

We have contacted every pub that could be eligible for this grant, but you can call us about getting your payment here. There is a deadline for applications for this scheme of 31st January 2021

Business affected by restrictions between 2nd December and 30th December

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.

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.

Businesses affected by the national lockdown between 5th November and 1st December

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:

Businesses not allowed to open since 23rd March 2020

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

Discretionary Grant Scheme

Businesses that are ineligible for Local Restriction Support Grants but have been significantly impacted by coronavirus restrictions whilst the district was subject to Tier 3 or National restrictions may be eligible for support from the Council’s discretionary grant scheme.

The scheme provides a grant equivalent to the amounts that would be available under the LRSG schemes and 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%.

Making an Application

If your business is covered by any of these grant schemes then you should make an application. If you're eligible for more than one grant you only need to complete one application.

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.

You will only need to make one application for Grant.
When we receive your application, we will determine your eligibility for each of the schemes.
Please do not make multiple applications, this will delay the payment of your grant.

Apply here

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Help on business rates

  1. 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.
  2. 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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