Support for businesses

Support for businesses

Information on the support available for businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Tier 4 and National Lockdown Support Grants

Update on 18th January 2021:

Following guidance from the government, we can now confirm the payment amounts applicable to businesses as a result of Broxtowe entering Tier 4 and National Lockdown. 

Tier 4 and National Lockdown grants will be paid in line with the previous national lockdown grant, during November 2020, and applicable to all non-essential retail, hospitality, Leisure and accommodation sector businesses that have been legally required to close as a result of the governments restrictions.

Broxtowe Borough Council will not require a further application from those businesses that previously applied for National Lockdown Grant in November. An email has been sent to all of these businesses advising them of this. All those businesses that did not previously apply will need to by completing the application further down this web page.

A chart showing the payments for these grants here: PDF document (Opens in a new window)

Tier 4 and National lockdown grants will be paid on the same basis as the November National Lockdown amounts but pro rata’d accordingly.  As a result, the payments will be made as below.

Tier 4           -         31/12/20 to 04/01/21 (5 days)

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions, will receive a payment of £238.21
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions, will receive a payment of £357.14
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £535.71

National Lockdown          -         05/01/21 to 15/02/21 (42 days)

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the national restrictions, will receive a payment of £2,001.00
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of national restrictions, will receive a payment of £3,000.00
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the national restrictions, will receive £4,500.00

In addition to this, the Government has announced a further one off payment for businesses with a Business Rates account that have been forced to close as a result of being legally required to close.  These payments will be

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the national restrictions, will receive a payment of £4,000.00
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the national restrictions, will receive a payment of £6,000.00
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the national restrictions, will receive £9,000.00

In line with this, the Council has decided to make a top up payment to those businesses that have previously received a payment through their Additional Restrictions Grant Discretionary Scheme.  The top up payments will be paid at the rates below

  • No rateable Value or rent charge, supporting the non-essential Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors but able to remain open will receive a top up payment of £2,000.00
  • No rateable Value or rent charge but legally required to close will receive a top up payment of £3,000.00
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the national restrictions, will receive a payment of £1,300.00
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of national restrictions, will receive a payment of £1,700.00
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the national restrictions, will receive £3,000.

Other Tier Support Grants

Support grants detailed below relate to previous tier restrictions prior to 31st December 2020. 

Find out more about


Re-opening of Businesses

More information and guidance about the re-opening of businesses  "COVID-securely" is available on our Open for Business page. 


Additional Business Support Grants

Details of Government announced business support, which will be administered by local Councils to provide cash grants for businesses that have been affected when entering Tier 2, Tier 3 and National Lockdown restrictions. 

There are six grants schemes currently available, click the headings below to read an overview of each grant scheme:

How to apply

To apply for any of the additional business support grants, please use the same application form here - Additional Business Support Grants Application Form (Opens in a new window)

The six live grant schemes remain open to applications, with no planned closing date provided to the Council at this time. However, businesses are strongly urged to apply for financial support as soon as possible, using the single application form linked above.

How much will my business receive in grant payments?

This will vary on the type of business applying for grant support, period/s of closure and how that business has been affected. In many cases, a business may be eligible to receive grant support through more than one of the schemes.

View our guide to see how much an eligible business could receive through each grant scheme - Business Support Grants Payments Table (.pdf) (92kb) (Opens in a new window) .

How are the payment amounts calculated?

Depending on the grant scheme, payments are calculated and eligibility is assessed using either guidance provided by government, OR in-line with the Council's Covid Business Grants Support Policy. Our policy applies to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Additional Restrictions Grant, which are the only elements of discretion for the Council

Once you have applied

Once an application has been assessed for eligibility and the amounts under the different schemes have been approved, the Council will endeavor to pay money into the nominated business bank account in 5 working days, but this can take up to 14 days.

Where a business is eligible for more than one of the grant schemes, a breakdown with the amounts paid under each scheme will be provided on a single remittance notice.  Read our statement on this here - Statement on changes to grant payment remittance notices (Opens in a new window)


Overview of Business Support Grants


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme is to support businesses that that have been legally required to close as a result of Nottinghamshire entering Tier 3 on 30th October, until 5th November 2020.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

  • For businesses that have a Business Rates account and were legally required to close on 30th October 2020.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Tier 3 Closed and Tier 3 Open – from 2nd December to 16th December 2020

Tier 3 Closed from 2nd December

The Government has announced further Business Support funding for those business that are legally required to close under the Tier 3 restrictions from 2nd December 2020. Details of those businesses required to close in Tier 3 can be found on the government website - Business Closures under Tier 3 Restrictions (Opens in a new window).

If applicable, these grants will be paid at a rate relating to your Business Premises Rateable Value. This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements. 

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Tier 3 Open from 2nd December

In addition to those forced to close, the Council recognises that there will be businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors that will be affected, even if not legally required to close from 2nd December 2020.  A scheme has been created to support these businesses.  If applicable, these grants will be paid at a rate relating to your Business Premises Rateable Value. 

Grant applications to this scheme and payment amounts will be determined in-line with the Council's Covid Business Grants Support Policy.

  • Grants of up to £467 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £700 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £1,050 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.

Businesses that qualify for this grant will be contacted directly by the Council, to complete a short application form, following a successful award of the Local Restrictions Grants awarded during National Restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme is to support businesses that were legally required to close as a result of National Restrictions commencing on 5th November 2020. 

Please note, applications under this scheme are still live, however payments will only be made covering the period up to the 2nd December 2020, when England ended National Restrictions and reverted to localised restrictions through the tier system. 

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

  • For businesses that have a Business Rates account and were legally required to close on 5th November 2020.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period. 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) scheme is to support businesses that that have been legally required to close on 23rd March 2020 and have been required to remain closed.  

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

  • For nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars which have a business rates account and were legally required to close on 23rd March 2020 and have been required to remain closed.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Christmas Grant Support for ‘Wet Led’ Pubs

The Government has announced a further one off grant to support Wet Led Pubs during Christmas. 

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements. The scheme will:

  • Support Wet Led Pubs by a flat rate of £1,000 where they are able to demonstrate that less than 50% of their income derives from sales of food.

Businesses that qualify for this grant will be contacted directly by the Council, to complete a short application form, following a successful award of the Local Restrictions Grants awarded during National Restrictions.


Historic Business Support Grants

The two grant schemes detailed below closed to applications on Friday 18th December 2020 at 5.00pm.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is a scheme designed to support businesses that were affected when entering Tier 2 local restrictions in Nottinghamshire on 14th October 2020. 

This is a discretionary scheme and the level of funding provided to councils to administer this is based on the number of hospitality, leisure and hotels within the area. Grant applications to this scheme and payment amounts will be determined in-line with the Council's Covid Business Grants Support Policy.

Awards will be for each 28-day period that the area remains in Tier 2 or in Tier 3 (or awarded on a pro-rata basis if the period is less than 28 days). Please note, that this scheme is suspended from 5th November 2020 when England entered national COVID-19 restrictions. 

  • For hospitality, leisure and hotel businesses and have a business premises, Business Rates account and a rateable value.
  • Awards will be based on the business premise rateable value.
  • Businesses are able to claim grants for each qualifying business premises.
  • Grants of up to £934 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £1,400 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £2,100 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions. 

Additional Restrictions Grant

Local Authorities will receive a one-off lump sum payment from the Government, amounting to £20 per head in each eligible Local Authority when Tier 3 or widespread national restrictions are imposed.

Local authorities can use this funding for business support activities. The Council has agreed to use this funding primarily for discretionary grants, but may also use this funding for wider business support activities. Nottinghamshire Councils have worked together to create a consistent scheme across the County. 

The scheme will:

  • Support those in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.
  • Support those that directly supply the retail, hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

Other support schemes

Government Support Schemes website

A business support scheme section has been created on the  government's website,  to outline all of the support available to businesses to help through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

View the Business Support Government website (Opens in a new window).

 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) - Extended until April 2021

An announcement from HM Treasury on 17th December provides more details on the decision to extend the furlough scheme until 30th April 2021.

Read the latest announcement in full, on the further extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) here - Furlough scheme extension press release (Opens in a new window)

Check if you can claim for employee wages via the extended scheme, use the payment claim calculator and access the PAYE portal via -  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) main page (Opens in a New Window).

Please Note: employers will only be able to claim for employees who have previously been furloughed for at least 3 consecutive weeks, taking place any time between 1st March 2020 and 30th June 2020. The employer must have also submitted a claim for this by 31st July 2020. You can also no longer submit claims for claim periods on or before 31st October 2020. 

Grants for self-employed people (SEISS)

Following the extension the the Furlough scheme, there is also additional support for those who are self-employed through the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Self-employed workers are now able to claim up to 80% of their average trading profits, for the period between 1st November 2020 and 29th January 2021. Any agreed grant payment covering this three month period will be capped at £7,500, will be paid in a single installment, is taxable and also subject to NI contributions.

Please Note: to be eligible for further support through the SEISS, you must have been previously eligible for the SEISS first and second phase grants earlier in the year (although you do not have to have claimed the previous grants). Please do not apply if you were found ineligible or refused a grant  through the SEISS previously. 

You must make your claim on or before 29th January 2021.

For further information and how to claim support under the SEISS,  visit the government's Self Employment Income Support Scheme Extension webpage (Opens in a new window). 

Protection from eviction for commercial tenants

Read the Government's guidance on rent for commercial tenants (Opens in a new window).

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.

The scheme has been recently extended and is now open for applications until 31st March 2021.

Businesses that may already have a Bounce Back Loan, but borrowed less than the full amount they were entitled to, can now top up their existing loan to the maximum amount. Any requests to top up an existing loan, must occur before the 31st January 2021.

Businesses are reminded that unlike the Grant Support Schemes, loans such as those available through the BBLS and other schemes, are repayable under the terms agreed between the applicant businesses and authorised lender.

Find out more information on the BBLS and apply for the scheme via the government's website - Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme Main Page (Opens in a new window)

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

The loan scheme is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million. The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender and pays interest and any fees for the first 12 months. Businesses applying for a support loan need to demonstrate, that they would be viable were it not for the pandemic and that they have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus.

The scheme has been recently extended and is now open for applications until 31st March 2021.

Businesses are reminded that unlike the Grant Support Schemes, loans such as those available through the CBILS and other schemes, are repayable under the terms agreed between the applicant businesses and authorised lender.

Find out more information on the CBILS and apply for the scheme via the government's website - Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Main Page (Opens in a new window)

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) 

Similar the the CBILS, there is an additional loan scheme designed to support medium and large sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £200 million. The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender. Larger businesses applying for a support loan need to demonstrate; that they would be viable were it not for the pandemic, that they have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus and that any loan agreed will enable that businesses to trade out of any short-term to medium-term difficulty resulting from coronavirus.

The scheme has been recently extended and is now open for applications until 31st March 2021.

Businesses are reminded that unlike the Grant Support Schemes, loans such as those available through the CLBILS and other schemes, are repayable under the terms agreed between the applicant businesses and authorised lender.

Find out more information on the CLBILS and apply for the scheme via the government's website - Coronavirus LARGE Business Interruption Loan Scheme Main Page (Opens in a new window)


Guidance and advice

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

Is your business looking for support through the pandemic? 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

Visit the Futures for Business website (Opens in a new window), call 0345 850 8899 or email hello@futuresforbusiness.com

HMOs

As we move into the recovery stages of COVID-19, the Government guidance has been updated and we want landlords and tenants to have the latest updates and answer a few questions that they may have. You can find all the latest guidance at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/hml

Advice in other formats

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.


Staying up to date

The easiest way to stay up to date with the Council's updates is:

Further information


Contact
Economic Development
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