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COVID-19 help for business and self-employed

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.

You can also use the GOV.UK Business Support finder to see the support available for your business.

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Covid-19 support grants for businesses

The Government has made several grant schemes available to businesses impacted by local and national restrictions due to Covid-19. The different grants available, along with which business can claim, are listed below.

If you have previously completed an application form for a Covid business support grant because your business was asked to close at any point since 1st November 2020 then we will use the details from your previous application to make a new grant payment. You do not need to reapply.

Restart Grant Scheme

On 3rd March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. Full guidance on restart grants is available on the .gov.uk website.

See the restart grant announcement on the GOV.UK website

Under the Restart Grant scheme, Local Authorities will receive funding to be allocated in one-off grants to businesses.

There are 2 strands to the scheme,

Non Essential Retail and

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business.

  • Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely.
  • Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public.

Applications for the Restart Grant scheme will be open for applications until 30th June 2021.

If you do not meet the qualifying criteria for the Restart Grant you may be able to apply for support from the council’s additional restrictions grant fund. Details of the new Discretionary Grant Scheme is available in the section below.

Apply for Restart Grant

If you do not meet the qualifying criteria for the Restart Grant you may be able to apply for support from the council’s additional restrictions grant fund. Details of the new Discretionary Grant Scheme is available in the section below.

Discretionary Grant Scheme (Additional Restrictions Grant)

Redditch Borough Council has funding available to support businesses that are not able to receive restart grants.

The grants will help businesses to recover from the impact of Coronavirus restriction and will prioritise businesses that pay business rates and which were not required to close during the national restrictions in place from January to March.

The businesses that will be eligible for support will include exhibitions businesses, manufacturers in the supply chain for hospitality or events, travel and leisure coach operators.

You can no longer make an application for a discretionary grant.
The application period for the discretionary grant closed 15th June 2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grants

National Restrictions required non-essential retail, and leisure, hospitality, personal care and other businesses providing services to the general public to remain closed from 16th February to 31st March. During this period businesses are eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed)

You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided here

For the period of closure from 16th February to 31st March, the following grants are available

£2,096 for premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000
£3,143 for premises with a rateable value £15,000 to £50,999
£4,714 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more.

The deadline for applications for grant for this period is 31st May 2021. If you have made an application for any grant since 1st November 2020 then this payment will have been made to you automatically.

If you have not applied for the earlier grants you can make an application here

Before you apply, make sure you have read the details of the grants that are available and the Government guidance. You will be required to complete a declaration confirming that you understand the details of the scheme that you are applying for and that if a grant is paid in error that it will be recovered from you in full.

When you make your application, you will need your business rates account number. If you don't have a business rates account but think you're eligible for a grant you can apply and will be asked for details of your business. You will need a copy of your business bank account statement, which will need to be provided as evidence that your business was trading at the relevant dates.

National Restrictions were announced from 5th January 2021. Whilst the national restrictions remain in place businesses that are required to close by law will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) – LRSG (Closed).

You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided here

The LRSG (Closed) is based on the rateable value of the property that a business occupies, the grant will be:

For the period 5th January 2021 to 15th February 2021

£2,001 for premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000
£3,000 for premises with a rateable value £15,000 to £50,999
£4,500 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more.

The deadline for applications for this period is 31st March 2021

Businesses that were required to close from 5th January 2021 will also be eligible for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP); which is a payment which will be made in addition to the LRSG (Closed).

The closed business lockdown payment will be:
£4,000 for premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000
£6,000 for premises with a rateable value £15,000 to £50,999
£9,000 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more.

Applications for CBLP will need to be made by 31st March 2021.
The grants for this period are no longer available.

From 2nd December to 30th December Tier 2 restrictions were in place within Worcestershire. The restrictions meant that some business, such as pubs that did not serve food, needed to close; other business could remain open but will have been impacted by the restrictions that were in place.
From 31st December to 4th January Tier 3 restrictions were in place and this meant more businesses were required to close by law.
If your business was required to close by law, then you will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) – LRSG (Closed).
You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided here
If your business could remain open but was impacted by the restrictions that were in place, then you may be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Open).
The LRSG (Open) is aimed at businesses that were open when these restrictions came in and specifically those within the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors (for example bars, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, theatres).
We will also provide support to businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure supply chains if they have been significantly impacted (for example food and drink suppliers to bars and restaurants).
You can find out more about LRSG (Open) here
The LRSG (Open) scheme is a limited fund and when available funding has been used no further grants will be payable.
The deadline for applications for support for the period from 2nd December to 4th January was 31st March 2021.
Grants for this period are no longer available.

National Restrictions were in place from 5th November 2020 to 1st December 2020. Businesses that were required to close by law will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) – LRSG (Closed).
You can check whether you are eligible for the scheme and the amount of grant that will be provided on here
The deadline for applications for support for this period was 31st March 2021.
The Grants for this period are no longer available

Some businesses have been required to close at a national level since 23rd March 2020. These businesses include

  • Nightclubs
  • Discotheques
  • Dance Halls
  • Sexual Entertainment Venues
  • Hostess Bars

These businesses will be eligible for Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector).

You can check whether you are eligible for LRSG (Sector) on the GOV.UK website here

The deadline for applications for LRSG (Sector) was 31st March 2021.

The LRSG (Sector) grant is no longer available

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Help on business rates

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) supports self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Cultural sector Covid-19 support

Arts Council England is providing individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector financial support during this crisis. Eligibility criteria will apply. For more information at this time please visit the Arts Council England Covid-19 page.

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Tax helpline

HMRC has a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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More Coronavirus information

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.

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