Covid 19 business grant update

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

Follow the links to see the latest updates from Government, find financial support for your business and click here if you are self employed.

The Government has set up a business support helpline on 0300 456 3565. This is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Visit the Wychavon website for the latest information on COVID grant funding.  Please also see below for information about the national lockdown grant schemes.

Cllr. Richard Morris.
Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for economic growth and tourism


National Lockdown Business Support Grant Scheme 5 January 2021

The Government has introduced a new support scheme for businesses with a business rates account that have been forced to close during the national lockdown introduced on 5 January 2021.

If you have already successfully applied for, or received, a grant from the 5 November to 2 December 2020 lockdown then you do not need to apply again. This is because we are attempting to make payments to businesses automatically with the information we already hold. In a small number of cases automatic payments will not be possible because we need additional information.

You are advised to check your bank account regularly to see if payment has been made. If you have not received payment by 28 January 2021 then you will need to apply again by filling in the Coronavirus Business Support Grant Application Form.

The National Lockdown Business Support Grant Scheme 5 January 2021 has two parts to it.

One-off Bonus Grant – Closed Business Lockdown Payment

Businesses forced to close on 5 January 2021 by national lockdown restrictions may qualify for a one-off grant. The amount received will depend on the rateable value of the business property.

Rateable values of 15,000 and under will receive £4,000

Rateable values of 15,001 to 50,999 will receive £6,000

Rateable value of 51,000 and above will receive £9,000

Local Restrictions Support Grant ‘Closed’

As well as the Closed Business Lockdown Payment, businesses forced to close on 5 January 2021 may qualify for a grant that will be paid every 42-days national restrictions are in place. The amount received will depend on the rateable value of the business property.

Rateable values of 15,000 and under will receive £2,001

Rateable values of 15,001 to 50,999 will receive £3,000

Rateable value of 51,000 and above will receive £4,500

The initial payment you receive under this scheme will combine both amounts (so a minimum of £6,001 and maximum of £13,500). After the first 42-day period has passed, if restrictions are still in place, you will only receive the Local Restrictions Support Grant ‘Closed’ payment (between £2,001 and £4,500).

Payments of the above have already started to be made to eligible businesses. The automatic payment will also include an additional sum which represents a pro-rata grant for the five-day period that the district was in Tier 3 restrictions – 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.


Tier 2 and 3 restrictions support – 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

There are two funding schemes available to businesses either forced to close, or legally allowed to open but severely impacted, by Tier 2 and 3 restrictions in place from midnight on 2 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.

Businesses forced to close by Tier 2 or 3 restrictions can receive money from the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme

Tier 3 payments will be made on a pro-rata basis for the five-day period they were in force (31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. Before that Worcestershire was in Tier 2)

Businesses legally open during Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, but severely impacted, will qualify for ‘Open’ support funding if they received grant funding during the National Lockdown in place between 5 November 2020 and midnight on 2 December 2020.

If you have already applied for Tier 2 restrictions support, we are processing these applications now. If you have not already submitted an application you can apply for either scheme by filling in our Coronavirus Business Support Grant Application Form.


Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary funding scheme)

We are making funds available to support businesses that do not qualify for the main support funding schemes outlined above.

If you do not have a business rates account and you have been forced to close or can legally stay open but your business has been severely affected, they you can apply for this scheme.

You can also apply if you have a business rates account and can legally stay open during national lockdown restrictions, but your business has still been severely affected.

This scheme covers restrictions in place during the following periods.

National Lockdown from 5 January 2021

National lockdown in place between 5 November and midnight on 2 December 2020

To help us support as many businesses as possible, the amount of grant awarded will be proportionate to the impact of coronavirus restrictions on the income of a particular business.

The following types of businesses may qualify for an Additional Restrictions Grant:

Businesses with a rateable value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.

Businesses without a rateable value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.

Businesses without a rateable value within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.

Applications will be prioritised on the following criteria:

Businesses who have either been forced to close or whose trading has been severely affected, with a subsequent reduction in income. Eg hospitality and leisure

Businesses with large, fixed costs who have been unable to offset these either through grants received or through furlough payments.

Businesses who employ a significant number of employees.

Businesses that contribute towards the social fabric of their communities, who if they were

Businesses that have already successfully applied for Additional Restrictions Grant funding will receive automatic payment for the January onwards whilst we remain in lockdown and therefore do not need to reapply.

You can apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant here.


Wet-Led Pubs Christmas Support Payment

An additional support payment, of £1,000, was made available during Christmas 2020 for wet-led pubs – those that were unable to open because they do not serve food (substantial meals) – during the period of Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions. Qualifying ratepayers will receive a one-off payment of £1,000 on top of any previous grant support they may also be eligible for.

You cannot apply for this funding if:

You get more than 50% of your income from food sales.

You were not trading on 30 November 2020. This was during the national lockdown period so if you were closed, but would have been open without the national restrictions, then you are considered as trading for the purposes of this scheme and can still apply.

This scheme closes for new applications on 29th January 2021

You may be asked to supply evidence you receive less than 50% of your income from food sales to prove your pub is wet led. To apply for this support funding please email businessrates@southworcestershirerevenues.gov.uk


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