Business support funding schemes

Restart Grant scheme

Other support schemes

Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary funding scheme)

 General information

Lockdown easing roadmap

Lateral flow testing for businesses (opens in new window)

Temporary pavement licences

Extended opening hours for non-essential retail

Flexible delivery hours

Use of marquees to increase outdoor space

Construction site hours

Business Rates discounts

Loans and other support

Help for the self-employed

Lockdown easing roadmap

The Government's lockdown easing roadmap sets out the earliest dates possible for when certain businesses may be allowed to reopen.

Read the Government's lockdown easing roadmap (opens new window).

Restart Grant Scheme

On 3 March, the Chancellor announced further business grant funding for councils to support businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Restart Grant will support 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.

You will need to apply for this funding, even if you have previously received funding from us from a previous business support scheme.

Applications for the restart grant scheme are now open. Deadline is 30 June 2021. Please read all of the guidance on this page before applying.

Apply for the Restart Grant

Read on for more information about the scheme. If you do not meet the qualifying criteria for the Restart Grant you may be able to apply for discretionary business support funding.

Restart Grant payments to non-essential retail businesses

The amount you receive will depend on your rateable value.

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive £2,667.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive £4,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or more will receive £6,000.

Restart Grant payments to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive £8,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive £12,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive £18,000.

Qualifying criteria

Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to qualify to receive funding under this scheme.

A business is considered to be trading if it is carrying out business activity such as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.

Other indicators a business is trading, for the purposes of this scheme, are:

  • The business has staff on furlough
  • The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
  • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
  • The business is engaged in business activity - managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures

Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible for this funding.

Qualifying businesses

The types of business that may qualify for the Restart Grant are listed below.

Non-essential retail (up to £6,000)

  • Betting offices
  • Departmental stores
  • Markets (other than livestock)
  • Sales kiosks
  • Showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing
  • Tobacco and vape stores
  • Antiques stores
  • Sales offices
  • Travel agents
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Clothes shops
  • Book shops
  • Auction rooms
  • Car auction
  • Car showrooms
  • Car supermarkets
  • Car washes (standalone)
  • Car/caravan
  • Sales/display/hiring Sites
  • Charity shops
  • Carpet stores
  • Furniture shops
  • Sofa shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Florists
  • Plant nurseries
  • Jewellers
  • Stationery shops
  • Gift shops
  • Make-up shops
  • Animal groomers
  • Sweet shops
  • Photography studios

Hospitality (up to £18,000)

  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafes

Leisure (up to £18,000)

  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Ice rinks
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Roller skating rings
  • Stately homes & historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos & safari parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Pleasure piers
  • Pavilions
  • Conference centres
  • Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Heritage railways
  • Public halls
  • Night clubs & discotheques
  • Hostess bars
  • Sexual entertainment venues
  • Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
  • Arenas
  • Concert halls
  • Go kart rinks
  • Model villages
  • Tourist attractions
  • Aquaria
  • Miniature railways
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
  • Animal attractions at farms
  • Wildlife centres
  • Botanical gardens
  • Circus
  • Visitor attractions at film studios
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Clubs & institutions
  • Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc

Accommodation (up to £18,000)

  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest & boarding houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodges
  • Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • B&Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes

Personal care (up to £18,000)

  • Spas sauna and steam rooms
  • Hairdressing salons
  • Tanning salons
  • Nail salons
  • Massage centres, massage treatments
  • Tattoo and piercing studios
  • Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
  • Barbers, groomers
  • Beauty salons
  • Beauticians, aesthetics
  • Other non-surgical treatments

Gyms & sport (up to £18,000)

  • Dance schools and centres
  • Dance studios
  • Gymnasia/fitness suites
  • Cricket centres
  • Ski centres
  • Sports and leisure centres
  • Outdoor sports centres
  • Outdoor adventure centres
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis centres
  • Sports courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Shooting and archery venues
  • Driving ranges
  • Water sport centres
  • Golf courses

Exclusions to Restart Grant funding

Businesses will not qualify for the Restart Grant if they:

  • Are not included within the ratings system (have no rateable value)
  • Have already received grant payments equal to the maximum permitted subsidy allowances
  • Are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

Any changes to the rateable value of a premises after 1 April 2021 should be ignored when considering if a business qualifies for funding from this scheme.

We do not have to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rateable value is amended retrospectively to 1 April 2021.

Restart Grant and fraud

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.

Business grant subsidy allowance

The EU state aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020. Please read our updated guidance for more information.

Other support schemes

The following support schemes close have 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 still 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

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Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme)

We won't be able to help every business though. The new money we have been given is a lot less than we had originally. This is because many businesses that were affected by restrictions can now trade again. We are targeting the money where it will be needed the most.

You may qualify for the new discretionary funding scheme if your business is:

  • Not registered for Business Rates and still facing restrictions after 12 April 2021
  • Registered for Business Rates but not eligible for a Restart Grant AND in either the events/conference sector or its supply chain OR the leisure/hospitality sector or its supply chain

If you meet the criteria above then you can apply for discretionary funding. You must complete all the questions and upload information to support your application.

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

Extended opening hours for non-essential retail

The Government has announced that non-essential retail businesses can open between 7am and 10pm Monday to Saturday from 12 April until at least 21 June 2021.

Most businesses can already do this but if you have a planning condition attached to your business that restricts your operating hours, we will temporarily allow you to open for longer in-line with the Government’s request.

If your business is regulated by a licence condition (eg pub, off-licence etc) then your opening hours will need to remain the same as those stated on your licence or you may face enforcement action.

The rules on Sunday trading hours are controlled by Parliament and must continue to be followed.

Flexible delivery hours

Since the start of the first national lockdown in March 2020, we have relaxed the rules around deliveries of essential items to help supermarkets and other retailers keep shelves stocked.

The Government has asked us to continue with this approach until at least 21 June 2021.

We ask you though to continue to be considerate to your neighbours.

If we get a complaint about noise because of this, we will work with you to try and find a solution.

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.