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]

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.

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 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:

Apprenticeship Service

The Apprenticeship Service (AS) has been open to claim incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice from 1st September.

Employers can make a claim once there is a contract of employment and apprenticeship agreement in place.

It takes less than 15 minutes to complete the process on AS. Employers then submit further financial information.

Payments are made about 4-6 weeks after the eligible date to allow for data and evidence checks. The final payments will be in January 2021.

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​.