Help for businesses during coronavirus

Government support

New Tier 3 Business Grants (2nd December)

Tier 3 Closed

If your business has been forced to close from 2nd December under the new Tier 3 arrangements and you have previously applied for a grant under the National restrictions, we will contact you directly about your payment in due course. We do not envisage businesses having to complete a new application for this grant.

Tier 3 Open

We are still waiting for information from Government on how the new Tier 3 Open grant will be administered.


 

Business Support - Restrictions Support Grants

The Government has announced a second wave of Business Support, which will be administered by local Councils, to provide cash grants for businesses that have been affected when entering Tier 2, Tier 3 and National Lockdown restrictions. 

The following grants are available.

Bassetlaw District Council has now adopted the scheme and the application process is now open.

How to apply

We have designed one application form to make it as simple as possible for eligible business to apply.

Please read the Covid Business Grants Support Policy before filling in your application form.

 

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is a scheme designed to support businesses that were affected when entering Tier 2 local restrictions in Nottinghamshire on 14 October 2020.

This is a discretionary scheme and the level of funding provided to councils to administer this is based on the number of hospitality, leisure and accommodation within the area.

Awards will be for each 28-day period that the area remains in Tier 2 or in Tier 3 (or awarded on a pro-rata basis if the period is less than 28 days).

Please note, that this scheme is suspended from 5th November 2020 when England entered national COVID-19 restrictions.

  • For hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses and have a business premises, business rates account and a rateable value.
  • Awards will be based on the business premise rateable value.
  • Businesses are able to claim grants for each qualifying business premises.
  • Grants of up to £934 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £1,400 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £2,100 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme is to support businesses that that have been legally required to close as a result of Nottinghamshire entering Tier 3 on 30 October 2020.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

  • For businesses that have a Business Rates account and were legally required to close on 30th October 2020.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme is to support businesses that that have been legally required to close as a result of National Lockdown commencing on 5th November 2020.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

  • For businesses that have a Business Rates account and were legally required to close on 5th November 2020.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) scheme is to support businesses that that have been legally required to close on 23 March 2020 and have been required to remain closed.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

  • For nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars which have a business rates account and were legally required to close on 23 March 2020 and have been required to remain closed.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Additional Restrictions Grant

Local Authorities will receive a one-off lump sum payment from the Government, amounting to £20 per head in each eligible Local Authority when Tier 3 or widespread national restrictions are imposed.

Local authorities can use this funding for business support activities.

The Council has agreed to use this funding primarily for discretionary grants, but may also use this funding for wider business support activities.

Nottinghamshire Councils have worked together to create a consistent scheme across the County.

The scheme will:

  • Support those in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.
  • Support those that directly supply the retail, hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

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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.


 

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.

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.

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

Extended Retail Opening Hours For Christmas and January

Following the Written Ministerial Statement from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government about extended retail opening hours for Christmas and January, Bassetlaw District Council will not be pursuing planning enforcement action against any breaches of planning conditions that relate to retail opening hours (Monday – Saturday) unless there is evidence of demonstrable and unacceptable harm. This applies to all retail business for the period up until 31st January 2021.

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, December 3, 2020