A number of initiatives to support business and the self-employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have been put in place by the Government and other agencies. We are working to to be able to provide you with this new funding and support locally. This page will be updated whenever Government policy develops.
For details of government support including updates please see the Coronavirus Business Support page from the government.
- Help for small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
- Help on business rates
- Self-employment Income Support Scheme
- Cultural sector emergency Covid-19 funding package
- Tax helpline for those concerned about paying their tax due to Covid-19
- More Coronavirus information
- All eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors will receive a cash grant of up to £25,000. This will be paid depending on your Rateable Value (RV) ; RV up to £15,000 will get £10,000 and RV between £15,000 and -£51,000 will get £25,000.
- All businesses in receipt of small business rates relief, regardless of sector, will be eligible for a cash payment of £10,000.
We have received the money from the government and it is now available.
If this applies to your business, this means:
- If we have your business bank details already, for example because you pay business rates by Direct Debit, then we will now start to pay these grants automatically by BACS transfer. You do not need to do anything.
- If we do not have your bank details, for example because you do not pay business rates by Direct Debit, we will be unable to automatically pay your grant to you and you will now need to supply us with essential details including bank details in order to receive your grant. Just press the button to begin.
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- All eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors will pay no business rates in 2020-21. Please note that some of the initial exclusions for this relief, such as estate agents and letting agents, are now included. We are currently working to ensure no payments are drawn from eligible accounts.
- Any properties occupied by providers of Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of Early Years Foundation Stage and are subject to Business Rates in the year 2020/21 will receive a 100% discount. Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to relief for each of their eligible properties.
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Arts Council England is to offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160 million.
Arts Council England says these emergency funding streams will be open to applications very soon.
As well as support for organisations inside the National Portfolio, organisations outside the National Portfolio will be able to apply for up to £35,000, and individuals in certain roles will be able to apply for up to £2,500.
Eligibility criteria will apply.
For more information at this time please visit the Arts Council England Covid-19 page.
We'll update this information as we know more.
HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Redditch Borough Council is working with partners and key agencies to stay up to date in receiving top-level guidance on Coronavirus, and will be taking appropriate action across its services as required. To check service updates during the outbreak please visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/coronavirus.