Coronavirus : Guidance for businesses

COVID-19 Business support schemes

There are a variety of government schemes available to help businesses through COVID-19

Business rates relief 

Business Rate Relief for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses

Eligibility: All occupied leisure and hospitality businesses including shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venue, hotels, guest and boarding premise and self-catering accommodation, excluding Airbnb.

Benefit: 100 per cent relief on all business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.

How to access: The council will award relief automatically without application. You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the government's business rates calculator.


Pub Relief

Eligibility: All occupied pubs

Benefit: £5,000 for 2020-21; pro-rata if only occupied for part of the year. However, all pubs will now qualify for retail rate relief.

How to access: The council will award relief automatically without application.


Nursery School discount

Eligibility: All occupied children’s nurseries which are providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Benefit: 100 per cent relief on their Business Rates for 2020-21 with any rateable value.

How to access: The council has now awarded all relief automatically, however should you feel you are entitled and not yet in receipt please contact us.


Job Retention Scheme

Are you re-opening your business, or planning to do so shortly?

If you're bringing back your employees part time, you can claim furlough flexibly for them under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs.

You can currently claim for pay periods in Ju‌ne and Ju‌‌ly.

If you submitted a claim for May and need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough, you can also do this until 28‌‌ ‌June.

To help you plan ahead for future claim periods, the CJRS calculator is available to help you work out how much you can claim for employees in June, July, August and September.

For the latest information, join our live webinar. You can ask questions throughout using the on-screen text box, although we can't discuss personal circumstances.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar

We’ll look at:

  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to calculate what you can claim
  • how to apply.

Register here

We are also running monthly webinars on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Get the latest information on: 

  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to make a claim 
  • what you may be entitled to, and more.

Register here

During these interactive webinars you can ask questions using the on-screen text box and download handouts giving detailed examples and links to more information.

Afterwards we’ll also send you a link to a video recording of the webinars, in case you'd like to see any of it again.

We will continue to update our webinars to reflect the latest information as it becomes available.

Search 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK for full eligibility criteria


Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

Statutory sick pay relief package for SME's

If you're an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Check if you can claim


HMRC’s Time to Pay Scheme

If you have missed a tax payment or if you might miss your next payment due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline: 0800 0159 559. 

More advice if you cannot pay your tax bill on time

Companies House has produced guidance if coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts.


Business Interruption Loan Scheme

These schemes are designed to support UK businesses that are losing revenue and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.