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

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


Apply For Covid-19 Business Support Grants

Details of Government announced business support grant schemes, which are currently Live and will be administered by local Councils to provide cash support to businesses that have been affected when entering different levels of restriction throughout the pandemic. Grants are typically non-repayable forms of business support. 

Overview of Current Business Support Grants

Click the headings below to jump to the relevant grant scheme overview:


National Restrictions Grant - 16th February to 31st March 2021

The Council is making further Local Restrictions Support Grant payments to eligible local businesses for the period 16th February to 31st March 2021. 

This scheme will officially close to applications on 31st May 2021. Final payments under this scheme will be paid to eligible businesses by 30th June 2021.

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.

Apply for this grant scheme

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 for this scheme. Doing so is simply duplicating details we have about your business on file and could place unnecessary burden on the team processing applications.

National Restrictions Grant - 16th Feb to 31st Mar -  APPLICATION FORM (Opens in a new window)


Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG)

This will be a top-up amount of money to the current existing Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.  It will support businesses that do not have a business rates account.  At this time the Council has not been notified of the total amount of money available to be distributed under this scheme, so individual payment amounts are currently unclear. Please note that businesses will not be eligible to receive support under the ARG scheme, if they are eligible for a Restart Grant (see below).

Apply for this grant scheme

Additional Restrictions Grant - APPLICATION FORM (Opens in a New Window)

When clicking through to this application form, you will notice that heading reads "Restart Grants". This is not in error. We are capturing the necessary details for future ARG payments through this same form.


Restart Grants - From 1st April

This will support businesses with a business rates account (hereditaments), that were legally required to close as of 1st April 2021 and fall within the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors.  This is a mandatory scheme and the amounts paid are not at the discretion of the Council, rather the Government.

There are two strands to the Restart Grant scheme. Depending on the business type, this will determine which strand any eligible business falls into. Businesses cannot receive grant payments under both Strand 1 and 2.

Grants of the following will be paid:

Strand 1

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grant payments of up to £6,000.

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1st April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1st April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1st April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Strand 2

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants payments of up to £18,000.

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

Apply for this grant scheme

If you believe that your business is eligible for one of the above grant strands, then you will be required to re-apply by clicking on the link to Application Form below.  Failure to complete the application fully will result in a delay to payments being made or no payments at all.  Please read each question carefully and answer appropriately. It is hoped Restart Grants payments will be made to successful applicants from 16th April 2021 onwards.

Restart Grant - Both Strands - APPLICATION FORM (Opens in a New Window)



Historic Business Support Grants

All the grant schemes detailed below have now officially closed to applications. If you applied before 31st March 2021 and your business was found eligible for support under any of these schemes, payments will be made on or before 30th April 2021, using the account details provided to Council.

To view further information about these historic business support grants, please see Appendix B of - The Broxtowe Borough (BBC) Covid Business Grants Support Policy, Guidance Notes and Checklist (.pdf) (233KB) (Opens in a new window).

Details of grant amounts paid under these retired schemes can also be found here - Business Support Grants Payments Table (.pdf) (48.8KB) (Opens in a new window) .

Grant support schemes now closed to applications:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) - Tier 2, Oct 2020
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) - Tier 3, Oct-Nov 2020
  • Tier 3 Closed and Tier 3 Open - from 2nd Dec to 16th Dec 2020
  • Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum - National Restrictions, 5th Nov 2020
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) - Tier 3 Open from 2nd Dec 2020
  • Tier 4 Closed - 1st Dec 2020 - 4th Jan 2021
  • National Lockdown Grant (Closed) -from 5th Jan 2021
  • Christmas Grant Support for ‘Wet Led’ Pubs
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)
  • Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)  - Up to 14th February 2021 ONLY. There will be a further round of ARG grants, more details in due course.


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).

Protection from eviction for commercial tenants

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

 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) - until September 2021

An announcement from the Chancellor provided more details on the decision to further extend the Furlough scheme until the 30th September 2021.

The existing scheme will change from 1st July 2021, where businesses will be asked to further contribute to the cost of furloughed employee wages. The level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until the 30th June 2021. Find out more about the scheme's extension and changes from 1st July 2021 here - Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) (Opens in a new window).

Claiming Furlough Payments (for businesses)

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 that 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. 

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

On the 3rd March 2021 the Chancellor announced two further rounds of grant payments under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) .

Applications for the next round (fourth) of the SEISS will open in late April and close on the 31st May 2021 . The fourth round of the SEISS will cover the trading period February to April and is worth 80% of trading profits, capped at £7,500 to be paid in a single instalment. This amount is inline with the third SEISS payment.

Applications for the fifth and final SEISS grant will open in late July 2021. The amount of the fifth grant will be determined by how much your turnover has been reduced in the year April 2020 to April 2021.

The fifth grant will be worth:

  • 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, capped at £7,500, for those with a turnover reduction of 30% or more.
  • 30% of 3 months’ average trading profits, capped at £2,850, for those with a turnover reduction of less than 30%.

For further information and to stay up to date on any further SEISS announcements,  visit the government's Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Extension webpage (Opens in a new window). 

Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS)

The Recovery Loan Scheme is now open to help businesses of any size access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period. It has been designed to effectively replace the Bounce Back Loan (BBLS), Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS) and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan (CLBILS) schemes, which all closed to applications on 31st March 2021.

The RLS will provide to eligible businesses the following:

  • Term loans or overdrafts of between £25,001 and £10 million per business,
  • Invoice or asset finance of between £1,000 and £10 million per business.

No personal guarantees will be taken on facilities up to £250,000 and a borrower’s principal private residence cannot be taken as security.

There are a number of different lending providers for the RLS, which UK businesses can chose to apply for support through. The RLS provides those lenders with a guarantee of 80% on eligible loans between £25,000 and £10 million to give them confidence in continuing to provide finance to businesses. The scheme will be open to all businesses, including those who have already received support under the existing COVID-19 guaranteed loan schemes.

The RLS is open to applications until 31st December 2021, however this date is subject to review.

For more information and to apply please visit the Government's Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) guidance for businesses (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

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
tel: 0115 917 3826