Support For Businesses

Support For Businesses

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

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Re-opening of Businesses

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Additional Covid-19 Business Support Grants

Details of Government announced business support grant schemes, which will be administered by local Councils to provide cash grants for businesses that have been affected when entering Tiers 2, 3, 4 and National Lockdown restrictions. Grants are typically non-repayable forms of business support. 

LATEST 23/02/21 -- Restrictions for businesses post National Lockdown, Openings and Sustained Closures

The Council has now received confirmation that it is able to make a further Local Restrictions Support Grant to eligible local businesses for the period 16th February to 31st March 2021.

If you are a local business and you are eligible, you will receive an email.

The allocation amounts are:

  • 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 widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £2,096 per 44-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 widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £3,143 per 44-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 widespread national restrictions, will receive £4,714 per 44-day qualifying restriction period.

The Council is looking to make payments directly to business nominated bank accounts by 5th March 2021, which is subject to funding allocations being received by Government. 

How to Apply for Business Support Grants

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already received a Business Support Grant from the Council since November 2020, then you do not need to complete a further application at this moment in time. Doing so is simply duplicating details we have about your business on file and could place unnecessary burden on the team processing applications, to those eligible who are yet to receive the maximum grant support available to them at this time.  If and/or when a new application form is required following any announcement of further grant support measures, we will contact you directly.

To apply for any of the Covid-19 support grants, please use this same application form here - [[READ NOTE ABOVE BEFORE CLICKING LINK]] Additional Business Support Grants APPLICATION FORM (Opens in a new window).

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) (48.8KB) (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.  

Overview of the various Covid-19 Business Support Grants

There are several different schemes currently available, click the headings below to jump to the relevant grant scheme overview:


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 provided further business support funding for those business that were legally required to close under the Tier 3 restrictions from 2nd December 2020

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 period commencing on 5th November 2020. 

Please note, applications under this round of the 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. 

Tier 4 closed from 31st December 2020 - 4th January 2021

The Government provided further business support funding for those business that were legally required to close under the Tier 4 restrictions from 31st December 2020

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 £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

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 since.  

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.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Local Authorities received 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.

Read how applications will be determined and further information on the amounts to be paid from 20th January 2021 here -  Additional Restrictions Grant - phase 2 (.pdf) (74.2KB) (Opens in a new window)

Please Note that applications to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme are still live, however this scheme will close to new applications at 5pm on Sunday 14th February 2021. 

Christmas Grant Support for ‘Wet Led’ Pubs

The Government has announced a further one off grant to support Wet Led Pubs during Christmas 2020. 

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 should have been contacted directly by the Council to complete a short application form, following a previously successful award of the Local Restrictions Grants awarded during National Restrictions.

Please Note that applications to the 'Wet Led' Pubs scheme are still live, however this scheme will close to new applications on Sunday 28th February 2021. 

National Lockdown Grant (Closed)

The National Lockdown Grant (Closed) scheme is to support businesses that were legally required to close as a result of National Restrictions commencing on 5th January 2021.

These 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. This scheme will pay businesses for the period commencing 5th January to the 15th February 2021 (42 Days).

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 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 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

Historic Business Support Grants

Any grant schemes detailed below have now closed to applications and are published in this Historic Business Support Grants section for reference only. As and when further Coronavirus grant schemes are retired, by either government or the Council (discretionary schemes), thier details will be published below.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

This scheme closed to applications on Friday 18th December 2020 at 5.00pm.

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

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

Awards were for each 28-day period that the area remained 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 was suspended from 5th November 2020 when England entered National 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 (ARG)

This scheme closed to applications on Sunday 14th February 2021 at 5.00pm.

Local Authorities received 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 could use this funding for business support activities. The Council agreed to use this funding primarily for discretionary grants, but also 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.

Read how applications were determined and further information on the amounts  paid from 20th January 2021 here -  Additional Restrictions Grant - phase 2 (.pdf) (74.2KB) (Opens in a new window)


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)

The previous round of grants paid under the  Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS), closed to applications on 29th January 2021. You can no longer apply for support to cover the impact from Coronavirus, in the trading period between 1st November 2020 and 29th January 2021.

Future financial support for the self-employed

It is anticipated that the government will be announcing further details of a fourth round of SEISS grant payments, on or around 3rd March 2021. For further information and to stay up to date on any further SEISS announcements,  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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