Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Business support

COVID-19: Support for businesses Government guidance

For the latest business advice and support through the disruption caused by COVID-19.

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Government guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Free business advisory support

The D2N2 Growth Hub is a support network for growing businesses across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. They are offering free local business advisory support for all businesses within the district. Find out more and book your appointment on their website.

D2N2 Growth Hub website

We are advising business owners to be on their guard to avoid falling victim to fraudulent attacks by phone, text, email or online during this Covid-19 situation and to treat any requests for personal or financial information with extreme caution.

Small Business Grant Fund

This is a £10,000 grant the government is funding for all businesses that qualify for small business rates relief or rural rate relief. 

This applies to all such businesses, regardless of sector. In order for us to process and pay the grant, businesses need to complete the online application.

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.

Grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

This is a £25,000 grant funded by the Government for any businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in premises with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000. 

The level of grant awarded will depend on the rateable value of the business property (Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme).

In order for the Council to process and pay the grant, businesses need to complete the online application.

Redundancy information

If you have already made employees redundant or are about to make small numbers redundant (up to five) or are planning to make larger-scale redundancies (five or more), please refer those individuals for direct support to Futures, the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands:

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy (opens in new window)

Recruitment Information

If you are seeking to fill urgent vacancies, short or long term, to meet changes to your business as a result of Covid 19, we can help connect you with immediately available individuals. Please register your vacancies with:

John Blankley (Senior Employment Support Adviser at Futures)
Phone: 0115 876 4947 / 07570 671592

Please have the following information available when registering your vacancies:

  • Nature of work
  • Number of vacancies (can be approximate)
  • Necessary or desirable skills requirement
  • Location of vacancies
  • Any current recruitment routes being used.

Creditor payments

Suppliers owed money by us will continue to be paid and should email their invoices to There may be a delay in dealing with invoices sent by post.

Suspension of legal and enforcement action

We have suspended legal and enforcement action to help residents and businesses deal with the fallout from coronavirus.

No legal summonses will be issued by us for a four month period, which will be reviewed in line with the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, there will be no new action or contact by enforcement agents.

The measures will apply to Council Tax, business rates, council housing rent and all other debts to the local authority. It is very important that anyone having difficulty paying money owed as a result of COVID-19 gets in touch with us as soon as possible.

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