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Coronavirus support for businesses

Ashfield businesses and self-employed people can get Coronavirus (COVID-19) support as well as advice to help keep your business and employees safe.

You can contact us if you need business support:

There is more about government's support for business on the Gov.UK website.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Tier 2)

The government has announced they are providing additional funding to allow local authorities to support businesses in Tier 2 areas which are not legally closed, but which are severely impacted by the restrictions on socialising. Including hospitality, leisure, hotel and B&B businesses.

We are currently awaiting further guidance from the government. Once finalised the grant application process will be published on this website.

Grants for business

There is a range of support available to help public services, people, and businesses through the disruption caused by coronavirus. In some cases you won't need to do anything as you'll be contacted if you are eligible.

You can also find coronavirus financial support for your business through the Gov.UK website. You may also find these documents useful:

Applications for the Discretionary Business Grants Scheme has now closed. 

The Small Business Rate Relief (SSBR) Grant Scheme and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Scheme have now closed.

Small business bounce back loans

Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. You can find out more about small business bounce back loans on the Gov.UK website. 

Support for the self-employed

If you are self-employed and eligible for coronavirus support HMRC will contact you and ask you to apply. There is a self-employment support eligibility checker and more information on the Gov.UK website. 

Ashfield and Mansfield Regeneration Grant Schemes

We are currently operate the following business grants. Please note funding is limited and offers will be made on a first come first serve basis subject to businesses meeting the relevant criteria for grant funding.

Business Growth Grant

The Business Growth grant of up to £2,500 is available to established businesses who produce a viable Growth Plan which will need to encourage job creation. Businesses can use this grant both where they need support in developing a Growth Plan and for costs involved in its implementation.

To discuss further or to request an application form contact us by:

Business Start-Up Grant

The Business Start-Up grant of up to £1,000 is available to individuals looking to start a business. The grant can be used towards start-up costs. Eligible costs include the purchase of machinery and equipment, business stationery and marketing costs such as advertising and web design.

To discuss further or to request an application form contact us by:

Retail Grants

Shop front improvements

This grant, of up to £2,500, is for independent retailers, already occupying premises, wishing to make alterations or repairs to their shop front in order to enhance its appearance. 

To discuss further or to request an application form contact us by:

Vacant shops

This grant, of up to £2,500, is open to independent retailers taking occupation of a vacant retail property.  Eligible costs include improvements to premises, fixtures and fittings, rental payments, insurance premiums, advertising and marketing costs.

To discuss further or to request an application form contact us by:

Support and guidance for business

There is support available for businesses during coronavirus disruption, facing closure, and to make sure they, their employees and customers are safe. 

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 the D2N2 website

Business closures to reduce spread of virus

There is guidance available for businesses closing temporarily to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You can find the latest information on the business closures on the website

If you think a non-food business is failing to abide by the rules you should let Trading Standards know. You can email them at

Increased risk of Legionella in vacant businesses

There is an increased risk of Legionella in buildings which have been vacant for some time, such as from employees working from home instead of the office. Pools and spa facilities are also at greater risk. It is caused by water stagnating in the system. 

To reduce the risk hot and cold water should be run at least once a week. Contractors should be competent in Legionella management and pools or spas should follow the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group Code of Practice