Help for businesses during coronavirus

Government support

 

Government Roadmap update for business

 

The Government set out a four stage roadmap on 22 February 2021 to ease Covid-19 restrictions in England.

 

Financial Support for businesses (updated 23 February 2021)

 

The Council has now received the guidance for ongoing Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Closed payments for further details please refer to the table below.  We are working hard on the best way to administer payments to businesses without the need for further application processes.  We hope to make payments as quickly as possible to get the financial help out to our local businesses.

 

If your business is not eligible for the LRSG you can use the Government Coronavirus find financial support search to see what alternative support is available. 

 

The 3 March Budget will outline the next stage in the Government’s Plan for jobs including further detail on economic support to protect jobs and livelihoods across the UK. 

 

 

New Applicants with premises within eligible sectors

 

If you have business premises and you were legally required to close during the second national lockdown (5 November – 2 December) and during the current national lockdown (from 5 January 2021) and you haven't yet applied please complete our application form.

 

This relates to businesses in non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Time Period

Name of fund

Description

16 February to 31 March 2021 – 44 day payment period

The application closure date is 31 May 2021 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum  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

5 Jan 2021 to 16 Feb 2021 (6 week period until Government review current lockdown restrictions)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

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 - £2,001 per 42-day period
  • Rateable value more than £15k and less then £51k - £3000 per 42-day period
  • Rateable value £51k and above - £4,500 per 42 day period 

5 Jan 2021 to 31 March 2021

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

A one-off top up grant for businesses with premises mandated to close during national restrictions include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under - £4,000
  • Rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 - £6,000
  • Rateable value of over £51,000 - £9,000 

31 Dec 2020 to 4 Jan 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)  Tier 4

Support for businesses that had been mandated to close by Government. Pro-rata payment for the five days spent in Tier 4.

  • Rateable value of £15k or under - £239 for 5 day period
  • Rateable value more than £15k and less then £51k - £358 per 5 day period
  • Rateable value £51k and above - £536 per 5 day period

Christmas Support Payment Scheme for Wet-Led Pubs

Wet-led Pub Grant

Application forms were sent directly to businesses the Council believes met the eligibility criteria based upon information provided under Tier 3 Restrictions Grant prior to Christmas.

14 Oct 2020 to 4 Nov 2020 and 2 Dec 2020 onwards (Tier 2 or 3)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Support for businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure sectors that have remained open under Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions of up to £2,100 for 4 weeks

2 Dec 2020 – 30 Dec Tier 3   Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) All allocated funding has been spent – this grant is now closed 
30 Oct 2020 to 4 Nov 2020 and 2 Dec 2020 onwards (whilst remaining in Tier 2 or 3) Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)   Support for businesses meeting Government eligibility criteria that have legally been forced to close under Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions of up to £3,000 for 4 weeks

5 Nov 2020 to 2 Dec 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Support for businesses that have legally been forced to close under the conditions of the national lockdown of up to £3,000 for 4 weeks

1 Nov 2020 to 4 Nov 2020 and 2 Dec 2020 onwards (whilst restrictions remain)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) Support for businesses that were required to close in March and which have never been able to re-open (for example nightclubs) of up to £3,000 for 4 weeks 

5 Nov 2020 to 2 Dec 2020 and 5 Jan 2021 to 16 Feb 2021 (funding application window opened 21st January and closed on 26th January 2021 as all funds have been allocated).

Additional Restrictions Grant – referred to as the Local Business Support Grant in this document Support for businesses affected by reduced trading conditions experienced during national lockdown. Focusing on the hospitality accommodation, beauty and leisure sectors, non-essential retail and their supply chains.

 

 

 

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. 

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) Extended

 

 

In light of the increased restrictions the UK Government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also known as the furlough scheme. This was due to close on 31 October 2020 but has been extended to 31 March 2021 (announced 5 November).

 

 

Grants for the self-employed extended

 

 

The UK Government has announced further changes to the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants in the form of 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. The third grant will cover a 3 month period from 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021. The Government will provide a taxable grant calculated at 80% of 3 months average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500 in total. This is an increase from the previously announced amount of 55%.

 

 

For further details please visit the HMRC website.

 

 

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. 

 

 


 

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

 

Government increases investment in Traineeships and introduces funding for employers who provide a work experience place.

 

 

The government has provided an additional £111 million this year for traineeships in England, to fund high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds. 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:

 

 

 

Incentive Payments for Hiring an Apprentice

 

 

The Government has introduced payments to support organisations that take on new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

 

 

Employers can apply for the payment from 1 September 2020, after they add new apprentices to their apprenticeship service account.

 

 

The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 employers already get for taking on an apprentice who is:

 

 

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority

 

 

In addition Employers will receive:

 

 

  • £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
  • £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over

 

 

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.

 

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.
 

 

 

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 Thursday, February 25, 2021