COVID-19 business support

Financial support

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Restart Grants Scheme - Applications close 30 June 2021

A one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.  Non-essential retail business in England are also able to apply for a one-off grant of up to £6,000.  The Restart Grant scheme is for eligible businesses on the business rates list only. 

The Restart Grants are based on the type of business and the sector it falls into rather than whether they were legally forced to close under previous schemes.  This is important because it means that the types of business that can apply has changed.

You can review the Restart Grant guidance and complete the form here Restart Grant Form Application Guidance.

Applications are now being accepted but please be patient in awaiting the outcome.  The Government now requires us to carry out additional verification checks on every application before payment can be made which will delay payments being issued.  

Please do not contact us regarding this scheme, as it will slow the process of issuing grants for existing schemes to businesses.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum February 2021) – Applications close 31 May 2021

The mandatory Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) and (Closed Addendum) scheme assists eligible businesses that are legally required to close due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The application window for all periods prior to 16 February 2021 are now closed.

We are still able to accept applications for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 until 31 May 2021.

The grant amounts for the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 are based upon the rateable value of the premises as set out below:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,096 for the 44 day period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £3,143 for the 44 day period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £4,714 for the 44 day period.

If your business is listed as the ratepayer on the council’s Business Rates records (even if you pay nothing due to discounts and reliefs) please make your application using the Apply for a Mandatory grant button below. 

Apply for a mandatory grant

Additional Restrictions Grant

The application window for these grants has now closed.

The Government has recently confirmed that the council will receive additional funds from April 2021 but we are yet to be advised how much we are to receive to enable us to devise a new scheme.

We will be working alongside other Local Authorities in the Nottinghamshire area to devise the framework of a discretionary grant scheme once the funding allocations are known. 

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019-20 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

You will be eligible if your business is based in England and your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,
  • for assembly and leisure, or
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

There is no action for you. We will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Business Rates Holiday for Childcare Nurseries

Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There is no action for you. We will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Government financial support

As well as the above schemes which are facilitated by us, there are a number of Government schemes which may be able to support your business:

You can also sign up to receive free alerts from the Government about support for businesses and self-employed people during coronavirus (opens in new window).

Find out about all the business support available from the Government (opens in new window).

Business support not specific to COVID-19

We have a number of business grants, a free advice service and a range of business support available that is not limited to COVID-19.

Visit our business support section