Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for businesses

If you want to know the implications of the National Lockdown and how this will affect your business, please refer to the Government website for more information, this can be found here:

Register to order free lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees

You can register to order tests if:

  • your business is registered in England
  • you employ 50 people or more
  • your employees cannot work from home

Find out more here:

Contact us

If you would like to contact our team please email [email protected]

Venues required by law to record contact details

The government announced on 10 September 2020 that premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

Pavement Licences

Hambleton businesses can now apply for a licence that allows you to place removable chairs and tables in the outdoor area next to your business so that food and drinks can be served outside.

Information and support

The government has announced a range of measures to support your business through the coronavirus pandemic. You can find more information on the government’s website:

Businesses should check for daily updates at GOV.UK and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information​.

Financial assistance for businesses

The government has issued guidance and criteria on the payment of cash grants for eligible businesses. You can see these here:

Hambleton District Council has administered some of the Government's financial assistance for eligible businesses in the district, this is now coming to a close on the 28 August 2020. Details on further support can be found at the page linked below:

Online resources for businesses and employers

The government is scaling up its business support helpline in light of the current situation. As a business owner you can speak directly to an advisor. The number to call is 0300 456 3565.

HMRC has launched a tax helpline to help your business if you are concerned about paying any taxes due and Companies House has produced guidance if coronavirus means you need more time to file your accounts.

Business Continuity

The situation is kept under constant review and any change in guidance will be based on scientific evidence. The Government's approach is clinically led, based on the expert advice of the UK’s Chief Medical Officer for England, the NHS and Public Health England.

Business and other venues social distancing measures

This document provides guidance and compliance advice for those businesses and other venues asked by the government to close as part of further social distancing measures. You can find this document here:

Live updates

We will be using our social media channels @HambletonDC and @HambletonBiz plus our website to keep people up to date. We will also share information through our business networks.

We're working with partner organisations to ensure that the Government is kept informed of the issues for businesses.


Please note all business events such as the Business Conference and market town workshops are postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Useful links

Businesses should check for daily updates at GOV.UK and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information​. 

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