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Business Financial Support

Once validated, we are aiming to process claims for the business grants within 10 working days. If you have recently completed a Business Rates Occupation/Vacation form and Small Business Rate Relief form then it will take longer than the 10 working days to process your grant application.  Please be assured we are working as quickly as possible to complete all requests.

Find what Coronavirus support for employers and the self-employed is available to you via the Governments Support finder. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

England is now in a national lockdown due to rising cases of Coronavirus.

Find out more on the guidance online via gov.uk.


Business Support Grants

New January 2021 Business Lockdown Grants

The Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) 5 Jan-15 Feb 2021 and Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG Closed) Addendum: 5 January 2021 onwards are only available to rate-paying businesses who have been mandated to close during the current national lockdown.

Business mandated to close [94KB]

If you completed a form and received a payment for the lockdown period 5 Nov to 2 Dec we will automatically pay you the CBLP and LRSG closed grant unless your circumstances have changed so you don't need to complete another application form.

Businesses eligible for a grant for the period 31 Dec 2020 to 4 Jan 2021 under Tier 4 will also receive an automatic payment.

Where possible, we will be paying all the grants together in one payment. If this is not possible due to the high number of grants we are processing, we will pay the Closed Business Lockdown Grant and the LRSG (closed) addendum grant together and the tier 4 grant will be paid separately.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) 5 Jan-15 Feb 2021
This payment is a one-off grant payment for rate-paying businesses mandated to close under national lockdown.

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January 2021 onwards

The following applies to LRSG (Closed) Addendum for 5 January onwards:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under on the start date of the 3rd national lockdown will receive £2,001 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the start date of the 3rd national lockdown will receive £3,000 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above on the start date of the 3rd national lockdown will receive £4,500 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.

Tier 4 Grant 31 Dec 2020 to 4 Jan 2021

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £238.00
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £357.00
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive a payment of £536.00

Mandatory Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme.

The mandatory Local Restrictions Support Scheme is for Businesses:

  • who are liable for Business Rates AND:
  • are legally required to close during the second national lockdown from 5th November 2020 AND/OR
  • who are in sectors that have not been authorised to open since the first lockdown period (e.g. Nightclubs)

Please note, as part of the mandatory grant application process;

  • businesses that operate in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that were severely impacted by the localised restrictions that came into force on 31st October to 4 November 2020 (Glossopdale area 14th Oct - 4th Nov) will automatically be awarded an additional 'LRSG OPEN' grant payment for this period (no separate application form required)
  • businesses that operate in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that have been severely impacted by tier 3 restrictions that came into force on 2nd December - 30th December will automatically be awarded an additional 'LRSG CLOSED / LRSG OPEN' grant payment for this period (no separate application form required)
  • From 31st December 2020, the Borough was placed in Tier 4 and from 5th January national lockdown restrictions are in place - businesses required to close by law during these times will be automatically awarded an additional 'LRSG CLOSED' grant payment - no separate application form is required.

Please see our FAQ document [250KB] for more information on this scheme.

Please do not submit another form if you have already submitted an application. ONLY complete an application if you have not yet applied for the grant (or if the Business Grants team has asked you to).


Discretionary Local Restriction Support Grant

The Discretionary Local Restrictions Support Scheme is for Businesses:

  • Business that ARE NOT LIABLE for Business Rates (including those businesses operating in shared spaces or premises under a paramount control of another party, market traders who incur fixed commercial property related costs and B&B accommodation who are liable for Council Tax rather than Business Rates) but were legally required to close during the second national lockdown from 5th November 2020 - 2nd December 2020 (businesses who are open for click & collect / takeaway are eligible as long as the MAIN service is closed)*
  • Businesses that WERE NOT legally required to close during the second national lockdown from 5th November 2020 - 2nd December 2020 BUT MAINLY SUPPLY the sectors that were mandated to close (suppliers to non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses) AND this supply represents 50% or more of your business .  NOTE: Funding is available for supply businesses irrespective of whether the business is liable for Business Rates or not.
  • Businesses must have been trading on 4th November (the day prior to the national restrictions) to be eligible for this grant
  • As part of the discretionary scheme, businesses that operate in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that were severely impacted by the localised restrictions that came into force on 31st October to 4 November 2020 (Glossopdale area 14th Oct - 4th Nov) will be automatically awarded an additional grant payment for this period (no separate application form required)
  • We will also review Discretionary applications to assess whether any businesses are eligible for an automatic additional payment for the tier 3 / tier 4 period.

PLEASE NOTE: All businesses will be required to upload a recent bank statement AND those businesses who are NOT LIABLE for Business Rates, will also need to supply evidence of their commercial property address/costs (e.g. rent agreement)  Discretionary grants are not available to businesses operating from domestic properties (except B&B accommodation who are liable for Council Tax rather than Business Rates)

Please see our FAQ document [325KB] for more information on the discretionary schemes.

Please do not submit another form if you have already submitted an application. ONLY complete an application if you have not yet applied for the grant (or if the Business Grants team has asked you to).


Christmas Support Payment (CSG) - Wet led Pubs

The Christmas Support Payment grant provides funding to pay one-off grants of £1,000 to wet-led pubs (where Local Authority area are subject to tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions). These grants are for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food and have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.

Pubs that are eligible for the CSG are those pub businesses who:

  • ARE LIABLE for Business Rates (it is the business that according to the Council's records was the ratepayer on 1st December that is eligible) AND
  • Operate as a 'wet led' pub, and under normal circumstances can be described as:-
    • Open to the general public
    • Allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
    • Allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
    • Permit drinks to be purchased at the bar
  • For the purposes of this grant, a wet-led pub is defined as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

For the purposes of this grant, the definition of a pub excludes: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

Final applications must be received by 31st January 2021

Please do not submit another form if you have already submitted an application. ONLY complete an application if you have not yet applied for the grant (or if the Business Grants team has asked you to).


Additional Grants - Tier 3 / Tier 4 / Hardship Grants

As the Borough has now been placed into tier 3 from 2nd December to 30th December, further grants will be payable to hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses who are liable for business rates:

  • A further 28 day CLOSED grant will be paid to those businesses who are mandated to close in tier 3
  • A 28 day OPEN grant will be paid to those businesses who are open, but have seen reduced demand as a result of the restrictions

These grants will be paid automatically using information supplied by businesses in the Mandatory Closed application form.  Businesses will receive an email confirming the payment made, the basis on which it has been paid and will ask businesses to make the Council aware if they are no longer eligible for the grant, or do not comply with state aid rules.  We are aiming to make these payments early next week (w/c 21st December).  PLEASE NOTE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.

From 31st December 2020, the Borough has been placed into Tier 4 - meaning a number of additional businesses have now been forced to close.  The Council is currently reviewing guidance, but it is likely that additional payments will be automatically made to businesses mandated to close (and are liable for Business Rates) based on the initial mandatory application form businesses have completed - this will be confirmed asap.

We will also review Discretionary applications to assess whether any businesses are eligible for additional payments for the tier 3 / tier 4 period.

We appreciate that there may be businesses who are not eligible for the grant schemes above, but who are experiencing financial difficulty.  Please keep checking this webpage for more information on further discretionary hardship grant schemes to be launched.

There's more information about this additional support on the Gov.uk website.


Business Rates Flexible Payments

The Council is committed to supporting businesses where possible in easing financial pressures during these unprecedented times. 

Under normal circumstances, business rates instalments commence in April through to January. Recognising the current exceptional circumstance if you are unable to pay your instalments at this time we can offer to defer your first instalment until 1 August and extend your payments through until March.

Please complete this form to request this payment plan.


Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is open for applications today and 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.

Delivered by the British Business Bank, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support the continued provision of finance to UK smaller businesses (SMEs) during the Covid-19 outbreak.

CBILS is available through the British Business Bank's 40+ accredited lenders and partners, which are listed on the British Business Bank website.


If you need to contact the council for help and advice during the current situation please Contact Regeneration