Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Financial assistance for businesses

Last updated 27/03/2020.

The government has announced a set of financial measures to provide support to businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Fund

To support businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

Small Business Grant Fund

To support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief with a one-off grant of £10,000 to help meet ongoing business costs.

Further details on eligibility are set out in the summary document below we ask that you read this information before submitting an application:

If your business is eligible for a grant please complete the on-line application form. It will ask you for details of your business, contact details for correspondence and bank account details. This will enable us to verify the grant application and make the payment directly into your bank account.

It is also important that you have your business rates reference number. This can be found on the demand notice posted out at the beginning of March 2020. If you are unable to find your number you can contact the Customer Services Team at the Council who will assist.

To ensure that businesses are alerted to the financial support available, all eligible businesses will receive a letter in the next few days, which will also include your business rates reference number.

Apply online here

Grant funding application form »

We will endeavour to process your application as soon as possible and you will receive email confirmation when the payment has been made.

If you have any questions please contact [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 2020/21 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

  • Coronoavirus 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​.