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Business Financial Support

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.

From 29 March up to two households OR a maximum of six people can meet outdoors. People still need to follow the guidance regarding social distancing and remember hands - face - space - fresh air. 

There's more information at gov.uk


Restart Grants - From April 2021

The Chancellor announced on 3rd March 2021 that the Government would be launching a Restart Grant - a one-off grant available to business who are liable for business rates and who operate in the personal care, hospitality, leisure, gym & sport, retail and accommodation sector.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

For those businesses that HAVE received Local Restriction Support Grants between November 2020 and March 2021 - An email has been sent to all businesses who have previously applied with a short application form link included so we can collect additional information needed to process your application - please check the email account that you included on your most recent application.

For those businesses that HAVE NOT received Local Restriction Support Grants between November 2020 and March 2021- you will need to submit a full application which can be found on our Restart Grant page linked below.

We appreciate businesses need this grant funding as soon as possible, but please be patient with us while we process your application, we are working as quickly as possible to pay grant funds to businesses.


Discretionary Restart Grants

We will be launching the Discretionary Restart Grant w/c 3rd May - we will confirm on this webpage once the scheme has been launched next week. 

  • Businesses that HAVE received Discretionary Grants between November 2020 and March 2021- Any existing applicants of the Discretionary grant scheme will receive an email which will include a link to a short application form so we can collect additional information needed to process your application.

Please keep checking the email account that you included on your most recent application (please also check your junk folder).

  • Businesses that HAVE NOT received Discretionary Grants between November 2020 and March 2021- you will need to submit a full application which will be available on this webpage towards the end of next week, we will also provide detail of eligibility.

Hardship Grant Top-Ups

Once we have launched the Discretionary Restart Grant, we will then assess if any further small top-up grants can be made available to Hardship Grant applicants (likely to be Theme 2 only) subject to available funding - any further updates will be included on this webpage.


Mandatory Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme

Open for new applications to cover the lockdown period 16th Feb - 31st March 2021 only. 

The mandatory Local Restrictions Support Scheme is for Businesses who are liable for Business Rates AND are legally required to close during the period 16th Feb - 31st March 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).


Hardship Grants - currently closed

The hardship grant is for businesses impacted by Covid-19 and aimed primarily at firms that were not eligible for help from the mandatory and discretionary schemes.

This one-off grant covers the period from 4 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 and is grouped into four themes:

  • Grant for licenced local taxi drivers who are also resident in Staffordshire Moorlands and who have NOT had discretionary grants since November.
  • Grant for home based businesses including those in the arts, cultural and events sectors and self-employed tradespeople including mobile hairdressers/driving instructors etc who are based in the District AND have had a significant fall in income due to Covid AND have on-going business overheads e.g. insurance, licences etc.
  • Grant for essential traders who have a permanent shop or market lease agreement AND who have experienced a significant drop in income due to lower footfall. 
  • Grant for exceptional circumstances for SME businesses who are liable for business rates AND who are at significant risk of failure due to Covid AND closure will involve making ten or more people redundant. 

This scheme closed on 31st March 2021 - this may reopen in due course depending on funding.


Discretionary Local Restriction Support Grant - currently closed

The Discretionary Local Restrictions Support Scheme is for businesses who incur fixed property costs and were either mandated to close (but not liable for Business Rates) or supply those sectors that were closed.

This scheme closed on 31st March 2021 - this may reopen in due course depending on funding.


Business Interruption Loan Scheme

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

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


Data Matching - National Fraud Initiative 2020/21

High Peak Borough Council are participating in an exercise to promote the proper spending of public money.

We participate in the Cabinet Office's anti-fraud initiative, known as the National Fraud Initiative. For this initiative, we are providing details of Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF), Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), and Local Authority Discretionary Fund (LADF) data so that it can be compared to information provided by other public bodies. This data will primarily be matched to identify possible cases of grant fraud. These exercises, therefore, help promote the best use of public funds.

You do not need to take any action. More information is available on this via our National Fraud Initiative webpage.


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