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.

Discretionary Business Grants Scheme – Relaunch – 4th August 2020

Effective from 4th August the Discretionary Business Grant Scheme is relaunched with a closing date of midnight on Monday 17th August 2020. No applications will be considered after this deadline.
Payments will be made on a first come first served basis and total payments cannot exceed the Council’s funding allocation of £1,078,750.

The relaunched Scheme further relaxes the eligibility criteria in respect of ‘fixed property costs’ as follows:

  • Businesses with ongoing fixed property costs of 5% or more will be eligible to apply. This is now extended to cover vehicular property used for the running of businesses.

 

Additionally, for ALL businesses who the Panel determine meet the eligibility criteria, the minimum Discretionary Grant payment will now be £3,000. 
For those businesses who have already received a grant award where the value was less than £3,000 an additional payment will automatically be made to bring the full value of the award to £3,000. You do not need to contact us to arrange this.
Please note that if you have already submitted an application you do not need to resubmit as your application will be assessed against the original and the relaunched Schemes and for eligible businesses the maximum award will be paid.

For those who have already applied we will be in contact by email over the next two weeks to notify you whether you meet the eligibility criteria and for those who do we will request bank details to enable payment.

For those who are applying to the Discretionary Grant Scheme for the first time, applications will be processed as soon as possible after the 17th August and we will make contact with you by email by no later than 28th August to advise whether you are eligible for a grant and if so the amount, and we will request bank details to enable payment.

Please be assured that all applicants will receive an email response confirming the Grants Panel decision. It would be most appreciated if you would avoid making further contact by telephone or email as this diverts resource away from expediting grant processing. In some circumstances the Panel will need to make contact by email to request additional information. Please provide this information as a matter of urgency to avoid delays in progressing your application.

To see if you are eligible to apply to the relaunched Scheme please complete the eligibility checker below:

Discretionary Grant Eligibility Checker

If you have answered YES to any of the questions above, then your business is not eligible for funding from this scheme. Please see the Government’s website for further information about this and other support measures they are offering.

Applications close MIDNIGHT on Friday 31 July.

Please read the scheme details and FAQs below to help you prepare your application.

Please note that submission of evidence to support your application is mandatory. You will be unable to submit your application without uploading this evidence.

Please note that although this is a discretionary grant scheme there are number of Government-set qualifying criteria. (See sections 1 and 2 of the scheme).

RE-LAUNCHED Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

Click here to fill in the
Discretionary Business Grants application form

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 have received a letter from Ashfield District Council. 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

Grant Funding Schemes Government Guidance 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 seven working days of the information being received.

 

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The government is providing 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 have received a letter from Ashfield District Council. 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

Grant Funding Schemes Government Guidance 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 seven working days of the information being received.

 

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.

Find out more here

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

The government have issued guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England. The guidance can be found here

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 Regeneration Grant Schemes

We are currently operate the following business grants. Please note that 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.  Find out more.

To discuss further or to request an application form, please contact us by emailing localplan@ashfield.gov.uk

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.  Find out more.

To discuss further or to request an application form, please contact us by emailing: localplan@ashfield.gov.uk

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.  Find out more.

To discuss further or to request an application form, please contact us by emailing: localplan@ashfield.gov.uk

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.  Find out more.

To discuss further or to request an application form, please contact us by emailing: localplan@ashfield.gov.uk


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 D2N2 Business Investment Fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency and/ or job creation. The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy advice and some equipment purchases. Grants of between £3,500 and £20,000 are available and will contribute up to a maximum of 35% of project costs. More information can be found at D2N2 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

Financial Ombudsman Service

Insurance