New business support funding available - find out more about support funding for businesses affected by national coronavirus restrictions

Businesses that must close from 5 November 2020

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs, with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions, such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks, must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes

Businesses and venues which can remain open

Other businesses are allowed to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities

Find out more about the new national restrictions on the Government's website.

Support grants for businesses forced to close

There are two funding schemes available to support businesses affected by national coronavirus restrictions.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is available to businesses forced to close by law.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme) will support some businesses that do not qualify for the main scheme but are still affected by the restrictions.

Read on for more details about both schemes and to see which one you may qualify for.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

If your business has been forced to close as a result of new national coronavirus restrictions introduced on 5 November 2020 then you may qualify for grant support funding.

To receive the funding you must have been required to close by law and be registered for Business Rates.

A full list of businesses required to close by law is available on the Government’s website.

Qualifying businesses will receive the following amounts based on the rateable value of your business premises:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks.
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per four weeks.

You may receive more than one grant if you have more than one qualifying business.

You will not qualify for funding if:

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme)

We are making £1.3million available to support businesses that do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Grant Scheme, but who are still severely affected by national coronavirus restrictions.

 Businesses that qualify for an Additional Restrictions Grant will receive up to £3,000.  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.

Applications will be prioritised on the following criteria:

  • The importance of the business to the economy as an employer. This will include those who are self-employed.
  • Whether the business has been forced to close, or can demonstrate a significant reduction in revenue, due to national coronavirus restrictions on trade from 4 November.

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.

Evidence this criteria has been met will need to be provided. Please read the guidance notes in full before applying.

pdf Read the Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme) guidance. (163 KB)

Pubs and restaurants that may still be trading by takeaway, delivery or click and collect should apply for the main business support grant scheme as they have been legally required to close.

The deadline for application is 12noon on 20 December 2020.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

Business Rates discounts

Discounts on Business Rates were introduced earlier this year for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses, pubs and nurseries. 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 that support for self-employed people will rise to 80 per cent of trading profits during November 2020.

Visit the Government's business support page for more information.