Business support package for January lockdown (from 5 January 2021 onwards)

Earlier this month, The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced new financial support for businesses affected by the current national restrictions. These schemes are now open for applications.

This new Government support includes one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that are required to close during the current lockdown - these grants are worth £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 per property depending on rateable value. Further Government funding is also being issued to help councils support businesses that are being impacted by the restrictions but that are not eligible for the grant.

For further information and to apply, please visit our dedicated Covid business grants page.

Other available grants

The following Government Covid-support business grant schemes are also open for applications, offering support to district businesses that have been affected by the November 2020 national restrictions and last year's local tier restrictions:

We are also reminding businesses that were closed during the recent national restrictions to make sure that they apply for grant funding.

Our COVID-19 recovery grants have been fully allocated and applications are now closed.

Which grant do I apply for?

As a result of COVID-19 and the Tier restrictions, the Government has introduced a number of different grant schemes. It can therefore be confusing which grant to apply for. Please see the quick reference guide which will assist you in order for you to apply for the correct grant:

Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed 26 December 2020 onwards (Tier 4)

On 23 December the Government announced West Sussex will enter Tier 4 on 26 December 2020. Details are available in the Government guidelines (Tier 4: Stay at Home).

Additional information is available at eligibility for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses). .

Please view the Government guidelines (Local Restrictions Support Grant A (Closed) Addendum .

Please visit Business rates - 2020/21 announcements to apply and find out more information.

Other schemes are still available if you have not yet applied.

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.

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