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Support for Businesses

 

For all business enquiries, please email business.support@ashfield.gov.uk


The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

CLICK HERE for the Government's dedicated page for advice about COVID-19 for employers and businesses.

For some of these schemes there is no need to do anything, the relevant party (for example, your local authority or HMRC) will write to you if you are eligible.

 

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The government will provide additional funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR).

Find out if you are eligible here.

If your business is eligible for SBRR or rural rate relief you will receive a letter from Ashfield District Council. Letters have been posted and will be with eligible businesses within the next few days. Those who meet the criteria should then complete the online form. To complete the form you will need to log onto your OpenAshfield account or register for OpenAshfield. Full details will be included in the letter.

Grant Funding FAQs can be found here

Access OpenAshfield here

You will be asked provide the following:

  • Your bank details
  • Business Rates account number and your rateable value (both of these can be found on the letter which the Council has sent to you about these grants or on your Business Rates demand).

Payment will be made within 7 working days of the information being received.

 

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The government will provide additional funding for local authorities to support businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries.

Find out if you are eligible

If your business is eligible you will receive a letter from Ashfield District Council. Letters have been posted and will be with eligible businesses within the next few days. Those who meet the criteria should then complete the online form. To complete the form you will need to log onto your OpenAshfield account or register for OpenAshfield. Full details will be included in the letter.

Grant Funding FAQs can be found here

Access OpenAshfield here

You will be asked provide the following:

  • Your bank details
  • Business Rates account number and your rateable value (both of these can be found on the letter which the Council has sent to you about these grants or on your Business Rates demand).

Payment  will be made within 7 working days of the information being received.

 

Support for self-employed

The government has announced it's support scheme for the self-employed. HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online. Full details of the scheme can be found on the government website.

 

Coronavirus and Claiming Benefits

Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits can be found here.

 

Business Closures

On 23 March the Government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

• Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
• Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
• Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.

Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut.

For a full list of businesses that must remain closed, please visit: Guidance: Further businesses and premises to close

All concerns and allegations of employers not abiding with current guidance (regarding COVID-19) in businesses that are non-food businesses (i.e. call centres, retailers, banks, building, open shops in general, warehousing and any premises that is not a food concession or offering take away) should be forwarded to: trading.standards@nottscc.gov.uk.

Ashfield & Mansfield Regeneration Grant Schemes

It is with regret that from Monday 23rd March 2020 all Grant Schemes offered by The Ashfield & Mansfield Regeneration Team will be suspended until further notice. This is a temporary measure while we are working with businesses to overcome the impact of COVID-19. This does not affect the government’s announcement of business grant support found here: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Check the Invest website for updates/relaunch: https://invest.ashfield-mansfield.com/support/business-grants/

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.

The Department of Works & Pensions, D2N2 and the National Careers Service have set out information for businesses and employers proposing to make changes to their workforce because of the COVID-19. This may be through making redundancies or seeking to fill urgent vacancies.  To ensure that support can be given to your employees and to the labour market during this time look at the Information for Employers Making Redundancies or with Recruitment Opportunities

 

Increased Risk of Legionella in Vacant Businesses

Since the Government is now advising home working, it is timely to remind businesses of the Legionella risks in vacant properties where water is allowed to stagnate within water systems. As a general principle, outlets on hot and cold water systems should be used at least once a week to maintain a degree of water flow and to minimise the chances of stagnation.

Click here for more information on how to reduce the risk in your premises.

 

More useful information

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

Support for businesses who pay business rates

Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Support for businesses paying tax

Insurance

Download the Employers and Business Guidance Poster