If your business has been forced to close due to lockdown restrictions, you may be eligible for a grant
Find out about assistance available for businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Page last updated: 20 November 2020
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Business Closures (New National Restrictions from November 5)
To reduce social contact, the government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close on Thursday 5 November 2020 at 00:01. To find out information on these new restrictions, including why they are being introduced, how they will effect daily life and what they mean for business please see the official Government guidance.
In addition, the Government have provided specific guidance relating to businesses and venue closures.
A copy of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 can be found on the Legislation.gov website (PDF)
Business Support Grants
Local Restrictions Support Grant
The Government has announced that there will be financial support available to businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which are then required to close due to local lockdown restrictions.
This scheme is now live and open to applications, for more information on the scheme, your eligibility and how to make an application please visit our Local Restrictions Business Grant page.
If you are not eligible for the LRSG Scheme and would like information on other Covid-19 business support grants, please read all the helpful information below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.