Find out about assistance available for businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Page last updated: 22 June 2020
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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.
Applications for this grant have now closed
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 grant eligibility check
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).
Support for the self-employed
Support for small and medium-sized businesses
Support for large businesses
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)
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
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)
Institute of Directors
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
Advice for tourism and event businesses affected by Covid-19 is available on the Visit Britain website.