Advice and support for businesses
Business grants open for applications
You can apply for a business grant if your business has rates liability and has been forced to close because of tier or lockdown restrictions.
If you have applied for a business grant since the second national lockdown in November, you don't need to apply again.
Last updated: 12 April at 09:27
All businesses and venues that remain open should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and staff.
On this page you will find links to information which will help you manage your staff, get support and plan for recovery.
Business grants are now open for applications.
The Furlough Scheme (also known as the Job Retention Scheme) has been extended until 30 September 2021. Employees will get 80% of their normal salary.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension supports self-employed people with a grant to cover COVID-19 restrictions.
The next grant will be available from late April 2021.
To apply, you must:
- have previously been eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (but you don't have to have applied for them)
- intend to continue to trade and either:
- are currently actively trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
- were previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus
The following businesses and venues must stay closed to reduce social contact:
- indoor hospitality venues, including restaurants, pubs, bars, social clubs, cafes and canteens
- holiday accommodation, including hotels, hostels and BnBs
You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.
Support is available for employers and self-employed people.
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