Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Financial assistance for businesses

Grant schemes are now available to support businesses that are experiencing difficulties because of the Omicron variant, and the dual impact of staff absences and lower consumer demand.

The grants that are now available are:

Bounce Back Grant Fund 2022/2023

If you're looking for information on the Bounce Back Grant Fund 2022/2023, you can find more here:

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG)

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) is to support business rated premises in the Hambleton area, where the main service / activity (50% or more) is carried out at the rated premises and is in the hospitality, leisure, and accommodation sector as set by central government and listed on the page here:

Apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) here >>

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Omicron - closes 28 February 2022

In line with the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) for business rated premises announced by the Government on 21 December 2021, Hambleton District Council has launched an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Omicron grant scheme that aims to support businesses severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions and the rise of the Omicron variant, including those outside of the business rated system.

Apply for the ARG Omicron grant here >>

Business Support Grant

Hambleton District Council in conjunction with the UK Government has allocated money to provide small-scale grants to businesses within the district, in order to stimulate the local economy and aid economic recovery following the impact of Covid-19.

The application window for this grant is now closed. Please keep checking this page for further information.

More information

If you have any queries, please contact the Business and Economy Team - [email protected]

Further Financial Support

Business rates relief

We are in the process of sending out updated bills for those businesses eligible for the new government reliefs. Please do not contact us about the reliefs; we will issue updated bills automatically if your business is eligible.

If you have a Direct Debit set up against a business rates account, which is eligible for full business rates relief, no payments will be taken for the 2021/22 financial year. You do not need to notify us to cancel your Direct Debit arrangement. 

If we do take a payment, and you think we shouldn’t have done, please let us know.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS is a new scheme, announced by The Chancellor at Budget 2020, that can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. Find out more here:

Tax Helpline

HMRC Helpline for businesses concerned about paying their taxes due to coronavirus.

Other Government support

For information on the following please see the Government support for businesses page

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax Payments
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • Statutory Sick Pay Relief package for small and medium-sized businesses

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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