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Coronavirus - Business and licensing

Details about changes to licensing and our working practices will now be in the business and licensing section of the website. The best source of information and guidance on Coronavirus is on Gov.uk.

Support grant for businesses closed due to national restrictions

From Thursday 5 November new restrictions are in place across England, including the closure of certain businesses and venues. These include:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality venues
  • accommodation
  • leisure and sports facilities
  • entertainment venues
  • personal care facilities

How to qualify for financial support

To qualify for a grant your business must have been:

  • open as usual before any restrictions were in place
  • registered for business rates at the premises on 31 October 2020 (even if you have not paid your rates this financial year due to a relief or exemption)
  • required to close the main part of its business, due to the restrictions imposed by the government

Businesses are also eligible if they are on the list of businesses that have to close, and have adapted their business model to provide a reduced service, such as takeaways or click and collect. If the main part of a business (before government restrictions) is to provide takeaways or click and collect services, then the business is not eligible for this grant.

This criteria may be updated if we receive new details.

If your business is closed and you do not have a business rates account do not complete this form.

There will be a separate discretionary grants scheme for businesses without a business rates account and your application will not be transferable. Details of the scheme will be published on this website and via our social media channels with a separate application process.

How much support you will receive

The payment amount will depend on the rateable value of the property as in the table below. The payment will cover the full four weeks from 5 November to 2 December 2020. 

Rateable value of premises

Grant payment per four weeks

£15,000 or under

£1,334

£15,001 to £50,999

£2,000

£51,000 or over

£3,000

 

Apply for a Support Grant

Apply for business support grant

Our team will will process the grants as quickly as possible, but at this stage we cannot give a firm guarantee of when payments will be made. Please bear with us and we will resolve all payments.

To find out more about how we use and collect your personal data, please read our privacy notice.

State aid

These grant payments count towards state aid. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of state aid rules. Read more about state aid

Keeping up to date

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Financial support

GOV.UK has details on all the financial support schemes available to businesses and how to check if you are eligible.

The Coronavirus Job retention scheme may pay part of your employees’ wages.  

If you are self-employed you may be able to claim under the Self-employment income support scheme.

The Zoo Support Fund is now open to applications. The fund is intended to help smaller zoos at immediate risk to protect the welfare of animals living on site or by rehoming. 

Working safely

Read working safely during coronavirus on GOV.UK. This government guidance is to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guides cover a range of different types of businesses.

There are separate guidelines for transport operators.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) have issued some guida

nce on safe practices for animal businesses.

guide on maintaining records for staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.

Face masks will be compulsory in shops from Friday 24 July. We have produced a poster for you to print off and display.

Test and trace

From the 24 September it will be the law for some businesses to display a NHS QR code poster to let customers check in with the Test and Trace app. To find out which businesses need to do this and to get a QR code poster visit the NHS Covid information for organisations website.