Restart Grant (from April 2021 onwards)

From 6 April 2021, non-essential businesses will be able to apply for new Government grants to help them reopen safely. The scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for non-essential hospitality, leisure, personal care and gym premises. All applications to this scheme must be received by 30 June 2021. For more information on these grants, please visit our Covid business grants page.

Additional Restrictions Grant (from 1 April 2021 onwards)

This funding is to assist businesses that have been affected by national restrictions but are not eligible for the Restart Grants. All applications to this scheme must be received by 30 June 2021. For more information on these grants, please visit our Covid business grants page


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum)

The Government announced on Monday 22 February 2021 that in order to continue support for non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses required to remain closed, a grant payment would be made for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021. Applications for this scheme must be received by 31 May 2021. For more information on these grants, please visit our Covid business grants page


The Government's budget announcement

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered his Budget to Parliament. This confirmed support for businesses through business rates reliefs, VAT reductions for tourism and hospitality, a VAT deferral scheme, a new loan guarantee scheme supporting businesses' access to loans and overdrafts, Restart Grants and an additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding. More information can be found on the Government's website.

Help for the self-employed

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

Further information is on the  HM Government website .

Advice for close contact services

Our Health Protection team have put together some information for businesses that offer close contact services including: hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, sports and massage therapists, tattooists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.


Dealing with possible COVID-19 cases in your business

We have put together some information for businesses on how to deal with possible COVID-19 cases in your business.

Public Health England have created a range of action cards to help with early management of a COVID-19 outbreak in different types of workplaces. These can be printed or downloaded and kept on-hand in your business or organisation. These can be downloaded from Public Health England's coronavirus resource centre .

Social distancing signage

If you are a local business, you can download free social distancing sign designs from our support local page. Here you can also find posters to encourage people to 'Stay Safe, Leave a Space' and 'Stay Safe, Wear a Mask', which can also be downloaded and displayed in your premises.

Business support finder

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. Use the Government  business support finder   to see what support is available for you and your business.

Please read the Government's business support  page for further information.

Collecting customer details for NHS Test and Trace

The Government has updated the guidance on collecting customer contact details for hospitality, leisure and tourism venues, close contact services, and local authority run services. These businesses need to ensure that all their customers (not just the lead member of the group) check in with the NHS COVID-19 app or provide their name and contact details on arrival. The Government has been highlighting how important this is, as part of their Test and Trace response. Businesses can read the full guidance on the  Government website and download the following posters and guidance.


QR codes for use in the NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code, and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus. This helps the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives.

Using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.

If you run a business or venue on the list above, you will need to create a personalised QR code poster, through the Government's website. Please create a QR code

Reopening businesses safely

On 13 May the Government announced new guidance for businesses looking to reopen. The guidance includes  workplace safety risk assessments , and cleaning your workplace .

The Food Standards Agency has also published guidance for food businesses  looking to reopen or adapt their businesses.

The Government has also issued advice on social distancing in the workplace .

Businesses are encouraged to download the government's 'COVID-19 Secure' poster and display it in their window to show that they have completed a risk assessment and put in the necessary measures to ensure social distancing.

Coronavirus bounceback loans

In May 2020, the Government introduced the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan - to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus.

  • Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
  • The Government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won't be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • Loan terms will be up to 6 years. 
  • The Government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.
  • The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

Further guidance on the scheme can be found on GOV.UK

Government helpline

The UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a dedicated business support helpline, where small business owners in England can get advice on how to minimise/cope with the impacts of coronavirus.

 The number is 0300 456 3565. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. You can also email

Further covid support for businesses and support.

To support our local businesses, we have launched a new campaign to encourage residents to shop locally. Free downloadable social distancing sign designs, and a COVID-19 compliance poster design are also available for businesses to download and use.

Food guidance

We have published food safety and health & safety information for businesses.

Covid-safe advice

Access guidance on how you can make sure that your workplace is safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Planning advice