Find out about assistance available for businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page last updated: 27 July 2020

Re-opening your business safely 

In light of more recent lockdown relaxation from Government, the council is working hard to ensure that businesses can start trading with confidence, and customers can shop safely, so we are pleased to say, “You are welcome" to North Norfolk.

This campaign is to ensure that local businesses have the resources and information readily available to enable them to re-open with confidence, and for shoppers to enjoy their communities safely.

We have put together guidance and resources to re-open your business safely.

Business Support Grants

North Norfolk Discretionary Grant (Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund)

The North Norfolk Discretionary Grant Scheme is intended to support certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the earlier business grant funds scheme. The scheme is aligned with Government guidance which has stipulated a number of key conditions and sector priorities. 

Small Business Grant Funding (SBGF)

The Government is providing small business grant funding of £10k for Local Authorities. This is to support each small occupied business property that already pays little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

If your business is in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector, you will receive a cash grant of:

  • £10k where the Rateable Value of the occupied property is £15,000 or less or
  • up to £25k where the Rateable Value of the occupied property is £15,001 or over and less than £51,000.

Business Rate Relief

Businesses in the following sectors will not have to pay business rates for 2020/21 tax year:

We have a Business Rates and Coronavirus frequently asked questions page.

Government Support and Funding for Businesses

The Governments's Business Support Finder will help you to understand what your business may be eligible for.

In addition to business support grants and business rate relief, a range of other business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees by the Government:

Paying your employees

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Paying sick pay

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Paying tax

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Deferral of Self-Assessment payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time

Support for the self-employed

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Support for small and medium-sized businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Support for large businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

Other sources of support

New Anglia LEP

New Anglia LEP has established a Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recovery. It will provide grants to support short-term business resilience projects and longer-term recovery and diversification projects.

New Anglia Growth Hub

You can find free support, advice and information on sources of finance through the New Anglia Growth Hub. You can contact the Growth Hub online or call 0300 333 6536.

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

ACAS has written a guide for employers and employees giving information about the different scenarios facing staff, such as self-isolating, designating staff as furloughed and sickness.

British Chambers of Commerce

The Coronavirus Hub contains advice and guidance about the steps that Chambers and members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government's strategy.

Canine and Feline Sector Group

The Canine and Feline Sector Group have published a guidance for animal related businesses seeking to provide clear advice on how to operate in a safe manner that protects the health of their staff and clients.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

What you need to know about coronavirus and how it will impact your business.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.

Find a Job service

You can post vacancies on Find a Job for those businesses that find themselves needing to increase their workforce as a result of the outbreak, such as those in food logistics, preparation and retail.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Resources, advice and guidance for chartered accountants and business.

Institute of Directors

Advice and resources for directors.

HMRC Helpline

HMRC have additional helplines, including one set up to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus on 0800 0159 559.

You can find more details about contacting HMRC online.

Make UK - The Manufacturers Organisation

Employee payment advice.

Visit Britain

Advice for tourism and event businesses affected by Covid-19 is available on the Visit Britain website.