Coronavirus - Business and licensing
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
- 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
£15,001 to £50,999
£51,000 or over
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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.
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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
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