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Support from Government for businesses affected by Covid-19

COVID-19: support for businesses

Small business grant applications are now open - apply here

You will need your unique reference number to apply. Letters containing the reference number have been sent to eligible businesses. If you need further help or information on grants please contact us by email businessgrants@southribble.gov.uk 

Bills already sent out for properties currently in receipt of retail discount will show the discount as 50%. This is because the bills were sent out before the budget announcement was made. If your business already qualifies for the relief we will be issuing a revised bill in due course, showing the 100% discount. 

If you already receive retail relief or other small business rate relief, there is no need to contact us about your bill. We will contact you as soon as the claim system is in place.

If you have any additional business support enquiries, or would like to let us know your email address to notify you, please email: businessgrants@southribble.gov.uk 

Government response 

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

See Government announcement here.

The measures include:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

  • a Self-employment Income Support Scheme

  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs

  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England

  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief

  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank

  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans

  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

The key measures identified by Government to be delivered by local authorities are:

  • Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates
  • Business rates holiday
  • Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The Cabinet Office has issued the following further guidance and advice on business and premises closures and issued Stay at Home FAQ.

South Ribble is delivering these business support programmes as the detailed guidance is received from Government.