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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.

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

Business grants update – 14 January 2021

Business grant application process now open

Advice for all applicants

Please read all information very carefully before making a grant application. This will ensure you are aware of whether your business will be eligible for a grant and if so what grant payments the business will be eligible for.

It will also ensure that you apply for the appropriate grant which will make the grants administration process much quicker, resulting in a more prompt grant payment for your business where you meet the eligibility criteria.

All grant applications – declaration requirements

To be eligible to apply for any of the business grants you must be able to answer yes to all of the following 4 questions: 

  • my business is still viable and I intend to recommence trading once Government restrictions are lifted (ie your business has not gone into liquidation, administration or bankruptcy and it is not envisaged it will do so)
  • by accepting any grant award I will not be in breach of Subsidy Conditions (previously referred to as State Aid regulations)
  • I acknowledge and agree that if I supply false or misleading information as part of the grant application, any grant awarded will be recoverable and I will be liable for prosecution
  • I agree that details of my grant application(s) and any grant(s) awarded can be shared with Government agencies.

If you cannot answer yes to all of the above questions you are not eligible to apply for grant funding. You will be required to sign a declaration within your grant application confirming the above if you do proceed with a grant application.

Grants for businesses with a rateable value

Value of grant payments

Businesses with a rateable value, forced to close due to Tier 4 and national lockdown restrictions and where the applicant pays the business rates:

Type of grant  Payment period covered Rateable value up to £15,000 Rateable value between £15,001 - £51,000 Rateable value over £51,000
Local restrictions closed (Tier 4) 31/12/2020 - 04/01/2021 £238.21 £357.14 £535.71
National lockdown 05/01/2021 - 15/02/2021 £2,001 £3,000 £4,500
Additional closed lockdown payment One off £4,000 £6,000 £9,000
Discretionary grant (locally determined) One off £2,000 £3,000 £5,000
Total grant payable   £8,239.21 £12,357.14 £19,035.71

Tier 4 / national lockdown business grant for businesses with a rateable value if you've previously had support

This tier 4 / national lockdown application form is for businesses which have a rateable value and are registered on the council's Business Rates List and which also meet all of these conditions:

  • has you as the registered business rates payer, and
  • has been forced to close as a result of the recent Tier 4 or the latest (5 January 2021) national lockdown restrictions, and
  • has previously received grant payments in November or December 2020. 

Please only use this application form if you meet these conditions.

Apply for tier 4 / national lockdown business with rateable value and previous support grant

Tier 4 / national lockdown business grant for businesses with a rateable value making a first application for support

You are eligible to apply for this grant on this application form if this is your first time applying for support and your business also meets all these conditions: 

  • your business is registered on the council’s Business Rates List (ie has a rateable value), and
  • has you as the registered business rates payer, and
  • has been forced to close as a result of the recent Tier 4 or the latest (5 January 2021) national lockdown restrictions. 

Please only use this application form if you meet these conditions and this is your first time applying for support.

Apply for tier 4 / national lockdown business with a rateable value but first time support

Grants for businesses without a rateable value (including home-based businesses or those paying rent or lease costs to the business rate payer) and those businesses with a rateable value who have not been forced to cease trading but have been significantly impacted by the tier 4 and national lockdown restrictions

Applications for the discretionary grants below must be received no later than midnight on 31 January 2021. Applications received after this date will not be considered.  

Value of grant payments

Businesses without a rateable value (eg home-based businesses) or where the occupant is not the business rates payer (eg pays rent or lease costs), forced to close or significantly impacted due to Tier 4 and lockdown restrictions may be eligible for one off grant allocations:

Rateable value or annual rent / lease Grant value
Up to £15,000 £2,000
Between £15,001 - £51,000 £3,000
Over £51,000 £5,000

If your business has:

  • no rateable value and doesn’t pay rent/lease
  • and has temporarily been forced to cease trading (including those businesses in the direct supply chain)

you can apply for a one off payment of £1,000. 

If your business has: 

  • no rateable value and doesn’t pay rent/lease
  • and has significantly restricted trading as a consequence of the tier 4 / national lockdown restrictions (60% income loss)

you can apply for a one off payment of £500. 

Tier 4 / national lockdown restrictions grant for businesses without a rateable value
that have had previous support and for businesses with a rateable value who have
been significantly impacted by the restrictions but have not been forced to cease
trading who have had previous support

You can apply for this grant if your business:

  • does not appear on the council’s Business Rates List and you are not the business rates payer (eg you pay rent to the business rates payer or your business is home based), or does appear on the council’s Business Rates List, and has not been forced to cease trading but has been significantly impacted by the restrictions, and has been forced to close or has been significantly impacted as a result of Tier 4 or the latest (5 January 2021) National Lockdown restrictions, and
  • is not on the Government’s list of businesses who can continue to trade (which includes construction and tradespeople), and
  • has previously received a discretionary grant payment from Ashfield District Council between 16 November 2020 and 8 January 2021. 

Apply for tier 4 / national lockdown business with or without a rateable value and previous support

Your application must be received no later than midnight on 31 January 2021 to be considered. 

Tier 4 / national lockdown restrictions grant for businesses without a rateable value making first application for support

If your business:

  • does not appear on the council’s Business Rates List and you are not the business rates payer (eg you pay rent to the business rates payer or your business is home-based), and
  • has been forced to close or has been significantly impacted as a result of tier 4 or the latest (5 January 2021) national lockdown restrictions, and
  • is not on the Government’s list of businesses who can continue to trade (which includes construction and tradespeople), and
  • has not previously applied for or received a discretionary grant payment from Ashfield District Council between 16 November 2020 and 8 January 2021 (eg missed the last grant application deadline or was not previously aware of the opportunity to apply for grant). 

Apply for tier 4 / national lockdown business with no rateable value making first application for support

Your application must be received no later than midnight on 31 January 2021 to be considered. 

Processing of applications

We will process business grant applications as quickly as possible but please bear with us as we are expecting large volumes of applications.

Once your application has been processed you will receive an email confirming whether the application has been successful or not and if it has, the value of grant to be paid. The grant payment will then be made by BACS within 3 working days to your nominated bank account.

We will aim to process all grants within 3 weeks of application. Please refrain from emailing or telephoning about your grant application’s progress as this diverts resource away from processing the grants. Thank you for your patience at this time.

National Lockdown – From 5 January 2021

Businesses and venues which must close

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
  • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services.

Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities. A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England , but includes:

  • education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend
  • hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of film and TV filming. 

Businesses and venues which can remain open

Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. Businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open. The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
  • market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
  • businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
  • petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
  • animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
  • places of worship
  • crematoriums and burial grounds. 

Grants in respect of Tier 3 Restrictions from 2 December to 30 December 2020 (ONLY)

Businesses who pay Business Rates and/or have a separate Rateable Value on their business premises which have been forced to close for at least the above duration and are included in the following list:

  • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants – these businesses are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses.(Several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training)
  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues. This includes:
    • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
    • casinos
    • bingo halls
    • bowling alleys
    • skating rinks
    • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
    • laser quests and escape rooms
    • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
    • snooker halls. 

Apply for a Tier 3 restriction grant

Christmas Support Payment (wet-led pubs)

If your business is a pub you may also apply for a separate Christmas Support Payment (wet-led pubs) additional grant. 

Apply for a Christmas Support Payment

Other grants and support

Businesses in the following sector who pay Business Rates and/or have a separate Rateable Value on their business premises which have been allowed to continue to trade but whose trade has been severely impacted for at least the above duration and are included in the following:

  • certain leisure and sporting facilities such as:
    • gyms
    • sports courts and facilities
    • leisure centres, fitness and dance studios
    • golf courses
    • swimming pools
    • riding centres
    • outdoor playgrounds - subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier.

Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3.

Apply for a tier 3 business (open) restrictions grant

Tier 2/3 Restrictions from 14 October to 2 December 2020 (ONLY)

If you are a Business who pays Business Rates and/or has a separate Rateable Value on your business premises and you have not already applied for Business Grants for the period 14 October to 2 December and your business is within the hospitality, accommodation, beauty or leisure sectors.

Apply for a business grant

All other businesses

Any business that does not pay business rates and/or does not have a separate rateable value on their business premises is not eligible to apply for the current grants available.

The Discretionary Grant Scheme closed on 29 November 2020. In the event that further grants are announced by Government we will provide updates on this website and via the council’s Twitter and Facebook. Please ensure you check these regularly.

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.

Other sources of help

Universal Credit

This is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. It can be applied for in addition to the JSS and SEISS payments. You or your partner cannot apply if you have more than £16K of savings. You can find out more on the Universal Credit website

New Style Jobseekers Allowance

If you are unemployed or work less than 16-hpw, have paid enough Class 1 NI contributions in the last 2-3 years and have savings under £16k – then you are entitled to 6-month JSA payments. Claim £58.90 if you're 18 to 24. £74.35 if you're 25 or over. £116.80 if you claim income-related JSA as a couple. You can find out more about Jobseekers Allowance on the Gov.UK website

Mortgage payment holidays for homeowners

Borrowers who have been impacted by COVID-19 and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a 6-month holiday and those that have started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to 6 months without this being recorded on their credit file. The FCA will announce further information on this shortly.

Self-Isolation Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

This helps people on low incomes, who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home, in areas with high incidences of COVID-19 with a one-off grant payment of £500.

If you are asked to self-isolate by the track and trace system you are able to apply for a one-off grant payment of £500 if you meet the eligibility criteria. We are managing the scheme and we will contact you to confirm that your application has been received.

VAT Deferral Schemes

Rather than paying in full at the end of March 2021, businesses will now be able to choose to make 11 equal instalments over 2021-22. All businesses which took advantage of the VAT deferral previously can use the New Payment Scheme. Businesses will need to opt in, but all are eligible. HMRC will put in place an opt-in process in early 2021. You can find out more about VAT Deferral Schemes on the Gov.UK website

Reduced VAT

This reduction is for the hospitality and tourism sectors only, and aims to help them manage cash flows at this difficult time. VAT is reduced to 5% and this will remain place until 31 March 2021. This rate applies to the sale of food and non-alcoholic drinks from restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and similar premises, suppliers of accommodation and admission to attractions across the UK. You can find out more about reduced VAT on the Gov.UK website

Free help for small businesses

Suffering late or unfair payments from larger businesses. The Small Business Commissioner helps small businesses resolve disputes around late and unfair payment. This is a free service for any small business (under 50 employees) suffering payment problems from their larger business customers (over 50 employees).

The SBC will provide advice and information to small businesses on:

  • resolving disputes and dealing with an unpaid invoice
  • checking contracts and getting invoices right
  • signposting small businesses to existing support and dispute resolution services.

You can find out more on the Small Business Commissioner website

Business Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

You can get a loan between £2K-£50K with the first 12-months interest free and no re-payments. The Government also announced on 25 September, that loans can be repaid back over 10-years. Closing date for applications is the end of March 2021. You can find out more about BBLS on the Gov.UK website

Coronavirus Small and Medium Business Interruption Loan Scheme CSBILS

The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million for up to 10-years, with the first 12-months interest free. Please be aware that this particular scheme is for businesses that have an annual turnover of less than £45 million and can show they have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Closing date for applications is the end of March 2021. You can find out more about CSBILS on the Gov.UK website

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme CLBILS

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) provides finance to mid-sized and larger UK businesses with a group turnover of more than £45m that are suffering disruption to their cash flow due to lost or deferred revenues during the COVID-19 outbreak. Closing date for applications is the end of March 2021. You can find out more about CLBILS on the British Business Bank website

Financial Help and Updates on COVID-19 Support

You can register for daily bulletins to ensure that your business remains aware of the latest changes and know what support is available. You can also find further information about any available financial support for businesses during coronavirus on Gov.UK website.

If you would like to be kept up to date with the latest information on what’s available to support local businesses in Ashfield, then follow us at:

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 Gov.uk 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 trading.standards@nottscc.gov.uk

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

How to contact us

You can contact our business support team if you need any help with starting a new business or if you’re looking to grow an existing business: