Business support funding schemes

Business support schemes

Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary funding scheme)

 General information

Keeping your business safe

Lateral flow testing for businesses (opens in new window)

Temporary pavement licences

Use of marquees to increase outdoor space

Construction site hours

Business Rates discounts

Loans and other support

Help for the self-employed

Keeping your business safe

The Government has issued new guidance to help businesses continue to protect your staff and customers from the risk of Covid-19.

Read the Government's advice on keeping your business safe (opens new window)

Business support schemes

The following support schemes are now closed to new applications.

  • National Lockdown Business Support Grant 5 January 2021 scheme (the extension to this scheme from 16 February to 31 March 2021 is open for new applications until 31 May 2021)
  • Tier 2 and 3 restrictions support grant 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 
  • National Lockdown grant 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020
  • The Restart Grant supported non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 and up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.

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Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme)

The Additional Restrictions Grant is now closed. All applicants will be contacted as soon as possible with the outcome of their application. 

Temporary pavement licences

To help support the reopening of hospitality this summer, the Government has extended legislation allowing pubs, cafes, restaurants and other eateries to put removeable furniture (tables, chairs etc) outside their premises on pavements and the public highway until September 2022.

To do this you will need to apply for a temporary pavement licence. The licence is valid for six months therefore if you had one last year this may have now expired.

They cost £100 and can be applied for by filling in the form on the Worcestershire Regulatory Services website.

Apply for a temporary pavement licence

Use of marquees to increase outdoor space

Pubs and restaurants  can put up a marquee within their premises without the need for planning permission but the marquee can only be in place for a maximum of 56 days. This measure will be in place until 31 December 2021.

If the marquee is within land belonging to a listed building then full planning permission will need to be applied for.

Construction site hours

The Government has announced that rules allowing construction work to go on until 9pm in residential areas and for 24 hours in some cases, will be extended until 30 September 2021.

Read our pdf guidance on the relaxation of construction site hours (418 KB) for more information.

Business Rates discounts

Discounts on Business Rates were extended in the budget on 3 March 2021 for certain businesses. Visit our Business Rates Reliefs page for more information.

Loans and other support

There is a range of other financial support available to help you through this challenging time.

Please read the Government's guide to financial support for jobs and businesses for more information.

You can also visit the Government's business support page.

You can sign up to our business e-newsletter and we will provide you with the latest updates direct to your inbox. 

Help for the self-employed

The Government has announced the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended to September 2021, with 600,000 more people who filed a tax return in 2019/20 now able to claim for the first time.