Help for businesses during coronavirus

Government support

Local Discretionary Business Grants Fund Policy and Application Form

On the 13th May the Government published its initial guidance for Councils in respect of developing and implementing Discretionary Business Grants schemes. This grant is aimed at small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

The guidance says that Councils may wish to collaborate about the design of their scheme to ensure consistency across a region. Nottinghamshire Districts and Boroughs have worked to agree an outline for a scheme which is fair and consistent and that reflects the criteria stipulated within the guidance.

The first funding round opened on 5th June and closed for applications on 30 June 2020. The eligibility criteria focused on the priority businesses identified within the Government Guidance to Local Authorities. All applications received for this funding round have been assessed against the grant eligibility criteria and there is still funding available. A second round will open at 9am on Wednesday 15 July, this will be administered on a first come first served basis. There is £872,500 of grant funding still available.

The application process for consideration under this scheme will run through-out July 2020. The closing date for applications will be 27th July 2020*. No applications will be accepted after this date.

*All applications will be assessed as they are received and the Council reserves the right to shorten or lengthen this closing date dependant on the value of grants awarded and the allocated funds available.  No further payments will be made once the fund is exhausted unless further Government funding is provided.

Nottinghamshire Districts and Boroughs have revised the grant eligibility to open this up to wider businesses so we advise that all business revisit the policy to assess your eligibility. The rateable value for those with business premises has been increased to 100,000 and the thresholds that relate to property overheads and loss of income have also changed.

Government guidance on the Local Authority Discretionary Fund.

How to apply


Small Business Grants & Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure Grants

The government has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England. This will benefit around 500 business across the District. We will rebill eligible business with a zero bill for 2020/21. We will process this automatically; businesses do not need to do anything. If you receive a bill and think that it is incorrect, please contact our Business Rates Unit on 01909 533460. Please bear with us as we experiencing a high volume of calls at this time.
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • £10,000 grant per business in the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure Sector with rateable value of 15k or less
    (Please note, if businesses fall within both of the above categories, the maximum grant eligible will be £10,000
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between 15,001 and 50,999

These grants are not open for application. If your business qualifies for one of the above grants, we will be organising payments. In order for us to do this we ask that you provide important information so we can issue the grants without delay. This important information including payment information can be provided by submitting your details via our online form.

There are around 2000 businesses eligible for the £10,000 grant and around 300 eligible for the grant of £25,000 in Bassetlaw. These grants are per property. Businesses that are liable for rates at two or more properties meeting the eligibility criteria will receive payments for each liability.

PLEASE NOTE: We are working through online registrations and payments have started to be issued to eligible businesses. Please only call/message the Council if you have not heard anything from us within 14 days.



Business support

2020 Employer Skills Survey

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working with Skills Support for the Workforce, 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 before the deadline of 31st July 2020.

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

  • 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 Wednesday, July 15, 2020