Help for businesses during coronavirus

Government support

Summary Table 

A summary of all grants can be found in the table below.

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Name of Grant Scheme Time Period Scheme Closure date Description
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 1 April - 30 June 2021

30 June 2021 or earlier if the funds are 100% allocated - This has now closed

The Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary scheme, to support businesses not eligible for the mandatory Restart Grant scheme, but within the same non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym and sports business sectors. Businesses that can demonstrate that they are in the immediate supply chain of these sectors and that their business has been adversely affected by restrictions, may also be considered.
 Restart Grant  1 April - 30 June 2021  30 June 2021 - Closed Strand 1

Non-essential retail premises

Eligible businesses will receive a grant of:

  • £2,667 for each property with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under
  • £4,000 for each property with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • £6,000 for each property with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over.
 Restart Grant   1 April – 30 June 2021   30 June 2021 - Closed Strand 2

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises

Eligible businesses will receive a grant of:

  • £8,000 for each property with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under
  • £12,000 for each property with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • £18,000 for each property with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over.


If you sit outside of the supported sectors for these grants you can use the Government Coronavirus find financial support for your business to see what alternative support is available.   

Business Support

Grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings

The government will provide two taxable Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants to support those experiencing reduced demand due to COVID-19 but are continuing to trade, or temporarily cannot trade.

It will be available to anyone who was previously eligible for the SEISS grant one and grant two, and meets the eligibility criteria.

Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering 3 months. The first grant will cover a three-month period from the start of November 2020 until the end of January 2021. The government will pay a taxable grant which is calculated based on 40% of three months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £3,750.

The second grant will cover a three-month period from the start of February until the end of April 2021. The government will review the level of the second grant and set this in due course.

For further details please visit the HMRC website.

Further details on Government Coronavirus Business Support or use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

EU transition business support

Smaller businesses can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 from the £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund, to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The Fund aims to help businesses access practical support to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU. Businesses are eligible for grants if they import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU or move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Businesses that trade solely with the EU and are new to importing and exporting processes are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Recruitment and Redundancy Support

Kickstart Scheme

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Employers creating fewer than 30 placements can be supported by a representative referred to as a Kickstart Gateway who will work with a group of employers to make up this minimum level of placements. Find further details on the Kickstart Scheme and to identify a Kickstart Gateway.  

Extended Support for Apprenticeships

The Government has extended the apprenticeship hiring incentive in England to September 2021 and an increase of payment to £3,000. In addition, £7 million will be invested in a new “flexi-job” apprenticeship programme in England, that will enable apprentices to work with a number of employers in one sector.

For further details on eligibility, what the funding can be spent on and payment instalments please visit the Government's Incentive Payments for Hiring a New Apprentice.

Extended Support for Traineeships

An additional £126 million for 40,000 more traineeships in England, funding high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds in 2021/22 academic year. For the first time ever, the government will fund employers who provide trainees with a new work experience placement, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee. The Traineeship work placement is on offer to all employers and during the qualifying period from the 1st August to 31st January each employer may support up to 10 Learners. The government has also expanded eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below, to ensure that more young people have access to high quality training.

For more details on traineeships, the benefits they can bring to your organisation and how you can support a young person by providing a work experience placement please visit:

Extension of Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

Extension of the Film & TV Production Restart scheme in the UK, with an additional £300 million to support theatres, museums and other cultural organisations in England through the Culture Recovery Fund.

Support for Employers from Jobcentre Plus – Recruitment and Redundancy Support 

Jobcentre Plus has launched their new Employer Help website which offers a range of advice to help your business overcome challenges associated with COVID-19. Whether you are needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff

The D2N2 Redeployment Triage Service

The Redeployment Triage Service, administered by Futures who are the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands, will match those recently made redundant with new work in sectors experiencing a surge in employment demand such as food retail, care, and distribution. The service also engages with employers needing to make redundancies to ensure a smooth transition for employees into new work. This information is for all businesses and employers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Advice from Environmental Health to businesses 

Helpful guidance on our Environmental Health page of our website has been put together for you, should you be considering this change to your food business.

As many businesses are now closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic or are being used less frequently, we would like to remind you of the Legionella risks in unoccupied/less occupied properties where water can stagnate within water systems.

The Government (17 September) published guidance on what to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus when living on a traveller site, in a vehicle or on a canal boat.

Premises reopening support assessment tool

Nottinghamshire Best Bar None have developed a reopening support tool (external link) to assist licensed premises to assess their reopening processes.

The document will take 5-10 minutes to complete and a report will be produced as soon as responses have been submitted. The information in this report will show the premises areas that they may need to address before they reopen or that they might want to consider in order to make improvements, or in some cases, to become legally compliant.

Find more information on the latest Government guidance on reopening businesses and venues in England.

Planning Enforcement  

How can you use marquees in your outdoor space? Guidance for local businesses on effectively using marquees in an outdoor space in a safe manner.

Approved Council Suppliers 

If you are one of the Council’s approved suppliers and are wishing to submit an invoice, please submit this to us by email and quote the Purchase Order reference number. Unfortunately at this time, and in order to process payments in a timely manner, we are unable to accept paper invoices.

Please send all invoices to -

Further advice 

Information from our Business Rates team.

  • The East Midlands Chamber have created a Coronavirus hub on their website which is updated daily with the latest developments and new financial measures. The Chamber has introduced a £100,000 financial package to help support members affected by Covid-19. The fund will enable Chamber members which have been impacted by the lockdown restrictions in place because of coronavirus to claim a rebate of up to 100% of their membership fees, for the next three months.
  • The D2N2 Growth Hub and D2N2 LEP have coronavirus webpages showing all available support and links to find out more and access it, including a Redeployment Triage Service from D2N2 LEP. 
  • British Independent Retailers Association has a webpage containing advice for employers on health and safety advice and employment law.
  • The Federation of Small Business has a webpage which consists of various forms of advice to small business about coronavirus.
  • The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development has produced a fact sheet, which sets out how employers should respond to the threat from coronavirus.
  • HMRC has launched a tax helpline to provide guidance to businesses concerned about paying their tax due to the impact of coronavirus. Further details can be found online or the number is 0800 0159 559.
  • Companies House has produced guidance for if your business has been impacted by coronavirus and you need more time to file your accounts.
  • The Department for Trade and Transport, along with Public Health England have produced specific advice for the transport sector.
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank.
  • new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • Nottinghamshire County Council Employment and Skills Portal

Last Updated on Thursday, July 1, 2021