Help for businesses during coronavirus

Government support

Small Business Grants & Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure Grants

Following the Budget on 11th March and the Chancellor’s statement on 17th March, the Government set out the two grant funding schemes to support local businesses.

These schemes, aimed at small business and the retail, hospitality & leisure sector with a rateable value less than 51000, were closed by Government on 28th August. 

During the period the grants were being administered, we were able to make payments in excess of £24.8m to over 2,100 local businesses.

Local Discretionary Business Grants 

On the 13th May the Government published its initial guidance for Councils in respect of developing and implementing Discretionary Business Grants schemes. This grant was aimed at small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. The government made £1.175 million available to Bassetlaw District Council. The total funding has now been allocated with approximately 145 small businesses throughout the district receiving financial support. The scheme is now closed.

Business support

2020 Employer Skills Survey

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working with Skills Support for the Workforce (external link), is seeking the views of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire employers. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many organisations. We are keen to understand what funded training provision might benefit your organisation in better times and also what needs may have arisen through the impacts of recent events.

We are keen to hear from employers of all sizes (including sole traders) and from all sectors. Please share your views by completing a short survey (10-15 minutes) available at .

A 50p donation for each completed survey response (for the first 200 responses) will be made to the Good Things Foundation registered charity number 1165209) which supports digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. Those completing the survey can opt to receive a copy of the findings once published.


COVID-19: Support for businesses Government guidance

For the latest business advice and support through the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Government Business Support – Support available to businesses about the financial support available, how to claim your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how to apply for a grant if you are self-employed.

Find coronavirus financial support for your business - Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

COVID-19: Business Survey - D2N2

We are asking local businesses to take a short survey, produced by D2N2 Growth Hub, so that we can get an understanding of the needs of local businesses in the area during the pandemic. This information will also help inform us what support we can offer when the recovery phase begins. Take the Survey >>

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.

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

  • Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
  • Information from our Business Rates team.
  • Webinars from HMRC - HMRC are delivering a programme of webinars on measure to support employers, employees and the self-employed.
  • 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


Contact us for further information


If you require further information then please email us. Be sure to include your name, business name, email address, contact number and nature of your enquiry/concern/what support you require. We will get back to you as soon as possible.


Last Updated on Thursday, September 10, 2020