Financial support is available for businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The government has set new eligibility criteria for this grant so you must submit a new registration for your business, even if you have previously registered for restrictions support grants.
Grants are available from 1 April 2021.
Restrictions support grants
You may be able to claim Tier 2, 3, 4 and national restrictions support if you pay business rates and your business has either been forced to close or is severely affected by local restrictions from 2 December 2020.
The closing date claiming these grants is 31 May 2021.
The final payment date for these grants will be 30 June 2021.
Assistance with business rates
Businesses in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors are entitled to reductions in the business rates bills for 2021/22. If your business is eligible, your business rates bill will be:
- reduced by 100% for the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021
- reduced by two-thirds for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022
For more information, go to our business rates pages.
Grants you can no longer claim
Businesses required to close during the period of restrictions from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 can no longer claim a national restrictions support grant. The closing date for claiming this grant was 31 March 2021. The final payment date for this grant is 30 April 2021.
The discretionary support scheme for businesses severely affected by restrictions from 2 December to 31 January 2021, but not eligible for Tier 2, 3, 4 and national restrictions support, closed on 24 March 2021.
Our process for providing discretionary support is currently on hold while await confirmation of further funding from the government. Once we have received this, we'll consider our approach for future support. If you have submitted an application but not yet been told the outcome, we'll contact you once we have the confirmation we need from government.
The discretionary support scheme for businesses severely affected by restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020, but that did not qualify automatically for a grant, closed on 13 January 2021.
Since November 2020, when the discretionary schemes started, we've provided £3.1million in support to 650 local businesses who were not eligible for the standard schemes. A further 239 businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sector received top-up allocations totalling £1.8million.
The following government schemes ended on 28 August 2020:
- Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)
- Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme
Further information and advice
For government information and advice, go to: