Support for businesses
Page last updated: 1st April 2020, 4.00pm
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.
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).
Guidance For Food Businesses
From Monday 23rd March, all non-essential premises must close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance issued on Friday 20th March.
Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:
- Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
- Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
- Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.
For more information, view the Government guidance note on closures and exeptions (Opens in a New Window).
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).
Broxtowe Borough Council has written to all small and medium sized businesses who could be eligible for Small Business Grants or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants.
Currently we have received over 600 applications for Business Rates Relief support. You will not get an email from the Council confirming that your application has been received. However, please be assured that it has been received and we will be aiming to make payments shortly. The Council is working towards starting the payment process by 10 April 2020.
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.
It is expected that the first payments will start to be received by businesses on 10 April 2020.
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.
‘Take five’ to stop fraud and ensure you don’t fall victim to a fraudulent attack by phone, text, email or online during the outbreak. Reflect and step back from the situation if a phone call, message or online exchange ever requests personal or financial information.
Business burglaries increase
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.
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