Help for businesses during coronavirus

Government support

Additional Restrictions Grant (details updated 21 April)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) will open for applications at 12 noon on Friday 23 April 2021. 

It is important that you read the following information carefully as there are changes to the application process from the previous round.

  • 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.
  • Due to the limited funding of £743,530 available under this scheme the Council will assess applications on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • This is a new grant application window, businesses that have successfully applied for previous ARG rounds will need to submit a new application.
  • Restart Grant (businesses that are liable party for business rates within the eligible sectors) recipients are not eligible to apply for ARG.

Please review the Councils Covid Restart & Additional Restriction Grants Support Policy to assess your eligibility based on your business circumstance. 

Timescales, eligibility and changes since the last ARG grants rounds. 

The ARG application form will go live on this page from 12 noon on Friday 23rd April.

  • Previous ARG recipients will need to submit a new application. No automated payments will be made to previously successful ARG applicants.
  • Businesses that have received or are eligible for the Restart Grant are not eligible to apply for the ARG.
  • Like previous rounds of ARG, businesses that employ 50 employees or more are not eligible under the grant eligibility. This is based on total employee numbers in the company and not by individual site.
  • Charities are not eligible under the Councils policy.
  • Parish Councils are not eligible.
  • Government guidance means that additional information is required from businesses making an application. Please review your application and make sure you provide all the information that is relevant to your business circumstances. Incomplete applications will be rejected and applicants will be required to reapply if they wish to be considered for a grant payment. The grants team do not have the capacity to contact individual applicants to request missing information as this will delay the process for all applicants.

Please read the next section carefully for details of the required information.

Information required:

  • Self-employed, sole traders are required to provide their home address.
  • Those in a partnership will need to provide the names and addresses of all partners.
  • A unique identifier number for the business e.g. company registration number, unique tax reference number, partnership number, VAT registration number.
  • National Insurance Number
  • Date business established/incorporation date
  • If a business leases premises or has a commercial mortgage, the annual charge
  • Businesses liable for business rates need their business rates number and rateable value
  • The total value of all Covid-19 business grants the business has received – including grants paid by other Council’s. The Council will not be able to provide this information so businesses will need to review bank statements to obtain.

Documentation required to support your application:

All applicants:

  • Bank statement showing the account holder name, address, sort code and account number. If online banking is used screen prints can be provided showing this information.
  • A copy of your latest self-assessment tax return form or accounts. If you haven’t been self-employed long enough to submit a self-assessment an HMRC document containing your unique tax reference number.

Dependent on business circumstances:

  • If you have premises but are not the liable party for business rates a copy of your lease, license or mortgage agreement (domestic mortgages not included in eligibility) and a recent bank statement (no more than 3-months old) to show the rent or mortgage payment.
  • If you do not have business premises in Bassetlaw that you are the liable party for, a utility bill to show you live in Bassetlaw.
  • If applicable, proof of your current license e.g. taxi driver

We will aim to assess your application and reach a decision within 10-working days. Successful applicants will receive the grant payment within 5-working days of notification that they have been successful.

Please do not contact the Council for an update on your application. This will only slow down the grants administration team in assessing applications and delay the distribution of grant payments to businesses. We understand the urgency and want to get grants out to businesses as quickly as possible.


 

 

Restart Grant (details added 1 April) 

From April 2021 your business may be eligible for a one-off Restart Grant of:

  • up to £6,000 for non-essential retail business premises, or
  • up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible for a grant from Bassetlaw District Council if it:

  • is predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the sectors listed above
  • occupies a property in Bassetlaw on which it pays business rates (or is in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief)
  • was trading on 1 April 2021.

Grant amounts

Grant amounts are based on the rateable value of properties on 1 April 2021.

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.

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.

This is a mandatory scheme and the amounts paid are not at the discretion of the Council.

Application Process

The Government has announced that further information is required from each business making an application. In view of this, you will be required to make a new application and no automated payments will be made related to previous successful Local Restrictions Support Grant applicants.

To apply please complete the following application. Before you start to fill in the form please read the grant overview details at the start of the application. This tells you the information you need to hand to complete the form. 

 

Unlike previous grant application rounds we are unable to provide a definitive timeline for when we will let businesses know the outcome of their application as Government now requires additional pre-payment checks be carried out using third-party software so we will be reliant on how quickly they can carry out these necessary checks.  


We understand the urgency to businesses so we will get payments out to businesses as soon as we are able to but due to pre-payment checking  process this is likely to take longer than previous grant application rounds.

Closing date for applications

The Government has set a grant closure date for this scheme – applications need to be submitted before 23:59 on 30 June 2021.

Government Guidelines and grant eligibility

Businesses can review the full Government eligibility criteria for the Restart Grant.

Appendix C provides a list of businesses that fall into the scope of each sector.

Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed businesses (Tier 5) for the period 16 February – 31 March 2021 (Updated 1 April 2021)

If you have business premises, are the liable party for business rates, and your business was legally required to closed from 16 February – 31 March 2021 and you haven’t applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for this period then please complete the following application form. This grant relates to businesses in non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. Please note, if you received the LRSG for the period 5 January – 15 February 2021 as you completed the addendum application form when we moved into Tier 5 then you would have received an automated payment for this period during week commencing 1 March. Please check to see if you have already received this before completing the application form and contact a member of the grants administration team if you are unsure.

  

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 when funds are 100% allocated 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  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  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.
LRSG Closed addendum - pt2 16/2 to 31/3 31/05/2021

Support for businesses with premises that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses

  • Rateable value of £15k or under - £2,096 per 44-day period
  • Rateable value more than £15k and less then £51k - £3143 per 44-day period
  • Rateable value £51k and above - £4,714 per 44 day period

 

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 - invoicepayments@bassetlaw.gov.uk

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 https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/jobs-and-working/employment-and-skills-portal

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 11, 2021