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Support for businesses affected by Covid-19

COVID-19 Support for businesses


National Restrictions January 2021 - Covid Business Support Grant update 

A national lockdown was announced on 4th January. The details of the restrictions are published on the GOV website: National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If your business has already applied for Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) or any of the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG),  you do not need to re-apply at this stage.

Chasing progress on an existing application could result in delays. We will send you a decision email as soon as the application has been fully processed. Please allow us time to deal with the high volume of applications and enquiries we are receiving about all the different grant schemes.

We will identify and contact businesses eligible for further LRSG closed business payments under national restrictions from existing LRSG applications. Please only submit an application if you have not already applied.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant https://www.gov.uk/government/news/46-billion-in-new-lockdown-grants-to-support-businesses-and-protect-jobs We will contact businesses as soon as the guidance on operating this support has been issued.

Please bear with us at this extremely busy time we will contact you as soon as we can.


Support for Government announcement on extended retail opening hours

To assist retail businesses in South Ribble to reopen safely we are supportive of the Government announcement encouraging more flexibility of retail opening hours during December and January. This will help businesses to reopen safely with extended opening hours where necessary and allow shoppers to support local businesses.

If any retail business has any questions or concerns please get in touch at planning@southribble.gov.uk


Important note about phising scam emails 

We want to make you aware of certain fraudulent and malicious activity that may target you and your business via email, claiming to be somebody, or from an authority, that they are not. 

We can confirm that you or your business may legitimately receive an email invite from SRBC if we believe you could be eligible support.

However, — we will not be asking customers to click on any links contained within emails.

Instead, we will simply be directing businesses to our official SRBC website to make an online application.

Funding support

New support has been announced by Government including Local Restrictions Support Grants, Kickstart scheme and Job Support scheme (updated 26 November 2020)


Business Grants Update (26 November) - South Ribble will be placed in Tier 3 restrictions after 2 December. We understand that the Local Restrictions Support Grants (for businesses instructed to close) will be extended. If your business has already applied for Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed Businesses) you do not need to re-apply. We will identify businesses eligible for further payments under Tier 3 from existing applications. Please only submit an application if you have not already applied. 


Local Restrictions Support Grant (For businesses mandated to close under Tier 3 from October)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) (Closed) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates
  • is in a local lockdown area and has been required to close because of the formal publication of local restrictions guidance that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September.
  • has been required to close for at least 2 weeks because of the lockdown
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

From 00:01 hours on Saturday 17th October the following businesses were required to close under local lockdown restrictions in Lancashire:

  • Pubs and bars (which do not serve substantial meals)

From 00:01 on Monday 19 October, the following venues were also required to close:

  • Licensed clubs
  • Adult gaming centres 
  • Bingo halls 
  • Casinos  
  • Bookmakers and betting shops
  • Children's soft play centres​

Businesses that have been required to close due to national restrictions imposed on 23 March 2020 and have not been able to re-open will also be eligible to receive grant funding:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

Following an announcement from government, premises operating with Club Premises Certificates must adhere to the same rules as other licensed premises as detailed on this page.  This took effect from midnight on Friday 30 October.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (For businesses mandated to close under national restrictions from 5th November)

LRSG (Closed Addendum) is for businesses that have been mandated to close by Government from 5th November to 2nd December and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Government guidance for businesses on the Local Restrictions Support Grants - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19#support-for-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-restrictions


National Restrictions January and February 2021

South Ribble was placed in Tier 4 restrictions from 30th December and under National Lockdown from 5th January 2021. The Local Restrictions Support Grants (for businesses instructed to close) have been extended. If your business has already applied for Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed Businesses) you do not need to re-apply. We will identify businesses eligible for further payments under Tier 4 and national Restrictions from existing applications. 

Please submit an application through the link below if you have not already applied and your business meets the eligibility criteria. Thank you very much.

Apply here for the Local Restrictions Support Grants for businesses instructed to close under Tier 3 and National restrictions

Are you eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)? Check here - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If your business is eligible for LRSG (closed) you can expect to receive the payments below:


Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) (for open businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3)

Please click here to read our guidance note on business types included in this grant.

The ‘LRSG Open’ grant is specifically aimed at hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses that have not been mandated to close under the Tier 2/3 restrictions but can demonstrate that they have been severely impacted by the restrictions. 

These categories of businesses are therefore not eligible for the LRSG (Closed). Under this grant, a business may be eligible if it fulfils the below criteria:

Business must have been open and trading as usual before 14th October 2020.

Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible

Business is in the hospitality, accommodation or leisure sector

Must be able to demonstrate a loss of income during the qualifying period (while South Ribble was in Tier 2 or higher restrictions from 14th October).

Grant amounts:

  • Business with rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under = £934 per 28-day period
  • Business with rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 = £1,400 per 28-day period
  • Business with rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above = £2,100 per 28-day period

Apply here for Local Restrictions Support Grants for Open Businesses


Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) January 2021

The South Ribble Additional Restrictions Grants scheme is for businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions but have been excluded from the LRSG (Closed), LRSG (Closed Addendum) and LRSG (Open). 

Under this grant, a business may be eligible if it fulfils the below criteria:

  • Business must have been operational and trading as usual on the day before South Ribble was placed in Tier 3 restrictions (17th October 2020)
  • Business operational base must be in South Ribble
  • Applicant is not able to claim the full entitlement under Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
  • Businesses is not in liquidation, dissolved, or subject to a striking-off notice
  • Business does not qualify for LRSG Open or LRSG Closed or LRSG Closed Addendum grants [SEE NOTE], for example:

           o    non-ratepayers e.g. market traders or businesses in shared space
           o    small, independent retail businesses that are allowed to remain open but are severely impacted by restrictions
           o    home based businesses
           o    other businesses not mandated to close but severely impacted e.g. supply chain businesses

  • Business is able to demonstrate a severe loss of income during the qualifying period (October 2020 to January 2021)
  • Business is either fully closed or only trading partially or only online

NOTE: Your business may be eligible for ARG support if it does not qualify for LRSG for the period October 17th – November 4th or December 2nd – 29th  - even if it does qualify for LRSG outside those dates

Only one application per business or per property

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID19 Temporary State Aid Framework are excluded.

We reserve the right to amend this scheme at any time.

Apply here for the Additional Restrictions Grants.

ARG grant amounts will be based on the qualifying dates (when the business was not eligible for LRSG (Open) or LRSG (Closed) or LRSG (Closed Addendum) and any fixed property costs comprising rental/lease/mortgage payments and business rates payable. Property costs (if applicable for non-home-based businesses) can only be attributed to the business that is the leaseholder).
Grant amounts will be advised when applications have been processed. 

Please email any enquiries to: businessgrants@southribble.gov.uk 


Job Support Scheme expanded

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work. The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. In line with the rest of the JSS, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December. Find out more



The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

If your business would like to offer a placement, please email us: info@businessinsouthribble.com

Find out more here


Self-isolation support for those who are self-employed

Test and Trace support grants are available to those on low incomes who have been told to self-isolate.

Find out more and how to apply

Applications are now closed for:

  • Business Recovery grants - expressions of interests were taken from Monday 24 August and if eligible, you will be invited to the next stage once the scheme is launched in mid-September
  • Discretionary grants
  • Small Business grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants - payments for eligible applications will be made by 30 September

Any additional funding opportunites will be updated to this page as and when we receive information.

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 


Frequently asked questions for businesses during Covid-19


NHS Test and Trace

Displaying NHS Test and Trace QR code is now mandatory for some businesses 

Certain venues, including venues run by local authorities are now be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues. This includes all venues from the following sectors:

  • hospitality;
  • leisure and tourism;
  • close contact services; and
  • local authority venues.

Further details on the announcement 

Bank of resources which you can share with your own venues or with businesses in your area

Further materials on our business to business campaign which also may be useful 


'My business support query is not relating to Covid-19 – where can I find other business support information, advice and funding that doesn't relate to Covid?'

For additional non-Covid-related business support information, please go to our Business in South Ribble pages.


Additional support

Re-opening your business in a COVID-secure way 

Government support measures - financial

Government Business Support 

Working safely during coronavirus


Lancashire Skills Swap

Launched by the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub to support the local business community.

The service is dedicated to helping businesses who are looking for staff or volunteers, want to train their staff or want to offer people with knowledge and expertise to work for another business.

Businesses can access by visiting Lancashire Skills Swap and registering their details.

Opportunities are posted on the Skills Swap Noticeboard so you can see what is needed and what is on offer.

The Skills Hub team support people and businesses to link up and swap skills, as well as helping businesses access training for current staff, and for furloughed staff in preparation for the future.


Skills support for redundancy

The Skills Support for redundancy programme is available in Lancashire as part of Skills Support for the Workforce. The programme provides a fully funded tailored service for employers, and can support employees at risk of redundancy or who have been made redundant in the last 3 months.

Support includes employability skills, CV developing, IT and interview skills.

For more information email info@businessinsouthribble.com.


How to access other more general (non-covid-related) business support

Please click here to visit the Business in South Ribble web page for funding and advice.