Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for businesses

For all the up to date information on business support from Government visit:

Contact us

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

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.

Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:

  • all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
  • to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
  • to claim the money back from the government

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.

Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.

Registration will close on 31 August. Find out how to register and check your eligibility for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme here:

Enjoy Hambleton Safely

Our Enjoy Hambleton Safely campaign is aimed at keeping our residents and visitors safe and to help reduce the risk from COVID-19 as they move around our market towns. We've produced posters, social media graphics, web banners and email signatures for you to use:

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:

Employers and businesses owners 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 is administering some of the Governments financial assistance for eligible businesses in the district. Details on how to access all support financial 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 Governments 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.

Hambleton District Council is 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​.