Support for businesses
- Reopening of businesses
- Support schemes
- Apply for grants
- Guidance and advice
- Staying up to date
- Further information
- Advice in other formats
More information about the re-opening of businesses is available on our Open for Business page.
Government Support Schemes website
A new website has been created to outline all of the support available to businesses to help through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). To find out more information of what you need to claim and how you can make a claim visit the government retention scheme webpage (Opens in a New Window).
Protection from eviction for commercial tenants
Measures have been put in place to protect commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of Coronavirus. Read the Government's guidance on rent for commercial tenants (Opens in a new window).
Grants for self-employed people
Information about the Government's Self Employment Income Support Scheme (Opens in a new window).
Discretionary Business Grants
Broxtowe based businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 can now apply for additional funding as part of a discretionary grant scheme.
The Government has announced that Councils will be given an additional 5% of their original Business Grants funding to create a discretionary scheme to providing financial assistance to businesses that have not been supported fully through other schemes.
Eligible businesses will be able to apply from a pot of approximately £880,000 at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/discbrgrants. We will take appropriate measures to ensure applicants are assessed fairly and equitably.
Businesses must meet the following criteria to apply:
- Be a small or micro business, defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006.
- Have relatively high ongoing fixed property costs.
- Be able to demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 May 2020.
- Have a rateable value or annual rent/mortgage payments below £51,000. If you are in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, and you receive Expanded Retail Discount on your business rates account, then the upper limit of your rateable value can be £100,000.
- Trading on 11 March 2020.
- Not in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.
- If you are self-employed, work from home and are not eligible for the self-employed Income Support Scheme, then you might qualify for assistance through this scheme.
The amount of grant allocated will be based on the individual circumstances of the businesses.
You will not be eligible for the discretionary scheme if you have already received assistance through one of the following schemes
- Small Business Grant Fund
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
- The Fisheries Response Fund
- Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS).
- The Zoos Support Fund
- The Dairy Hardship Fund
The Council has written to all small and medium sized businesses who could be eligible for Small Business Grants or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants.
Over 1,500 eligible businesses have been contacted and 90% of the 1,242 applications received so far have been processed, with £13 million paid in grants. A total of £17.9million is available in grants to eligible businesses.
Small Business Grant - £10,000
- For businesses with commercial property which has a rateable value under £15,000 and in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief.
- Exclusions apply, including premises that are used for personal use, such private stable or moorings, car parks and parking spaces.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant - £10,000 to £25,000 depending on rateable value
- For businesses with commercial property which has a rateable value less than £51,000 which is eligible for Retail Discount (this will be detailed on your recent Business Rates Bill).
- Exclusions apply, including premises that are used for personal use, such private stable or moorings, car parks and parking spaces, as well as any property with a rateable value in excess of £51,000.
- If eligible, you will receive a grant of either £10,000, if the rateable value is under £15,000, or £25,000, if the rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000.
How to apply
Those who meet these criteria should apply using the online form www.broxtowe.gov.uk/brgrants (Opens in a new window)
To complete the application form you will need:
- Your bank details
- Business Rates account number and your rateable value (both of these can be found on the letter which the Council has sent to you about these grants).
The two schemes are based upon commercial properties being occupied on 11th March 2020. Only one grant can be awarded to each qualifying property.
Important information before applying
These grants will only be awarded to the business or individual that would be liable for Business Rates as at 11th March 2020. Falsifying records to obtain either grants will face prosecution and any funding will be subject to claw back.
The award of such grants is considered likely to amount to state aid. However, it will be state aid compliant where it is provided in accordance with the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013. The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to €800,000 ‘de minimis’ aid over a rolling three-year period. If you are receiving, or have received, any ‘de minimis’ aid granted during the current or two previous financial years (from any source), you should inform the local authority immediately with details of the aid received.
Guidance For Food Businesses
Businesses who are still operating and may be able to offer services including takeaways or meals on wheels can register on our Open For Business page.
D2N2 Business Support
D2N2 have created a dedicated support page where businesses can find further information about the support available.
Find out more on the D2N2 website (Opens in a new window).
Futures for Business
Are you a business looking for support through the Covid-19 crisis? Futures work with businesses in Nottinghamshire looking to manage, motivate and support their workforce.
Some of the support that Futures can offer to help support businesses includes:
- Recruitment support
- Candidate pool
- Redundancy support
- Apprenticeship delivery
- Training provision
- Sub-contractors and employment agencies
Some Nottinghamshire businesses have been burgled after closing during the pandemic. We are urging all business owners who have an unoccupied premise to ensure all possible security measures have been taken and report anything suspicious to the Police. You should also be aware of scammers who may try to target businesses by phone, text, email or online about business grants.
Staying up to date
The easiest way to stay up to date with the Council's updates is:
- By checking this webpage
- Following us on social media at www.facebook.com/BroxtoweBoroughCouncil (Opens in a new window) or @broxtowebc on Twitter
- Signing up to our Latest News Email Me Service at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/emailme (Opens in a new window)
- NHS Website (Opens in a new window)
- Government Covoid-19 website (Opens in a new window)
- Public Health England website (Opens in a new window)
Doctors of the World are providing regular updates of translated guidance based on the NHS and the UK government’s advice and health information. The information is translated with the support of British Red Cross, Migrant Help, Clear Voice, and the Eastern European Resource Centre and is aimed at the migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the UK.
- View translations from Doctors of the World (Opens in a new window)
- View translations from the Health Service Executive (Opens in a new window)
- Easy read information on Coronavirus (Opens in a new window)
- Coronavirus information in BSL (Opens in a new window)
Donate to the Broxtowe Community Appeal
A community appeal has been launched in Broxtowe to raise £10,000 to support the community and mutual aid groups who are helping vulnerable local people get by during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on how to donate, visit our Broxtowe Community Appeal page.