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We're here to support our local businesses thorough the covid 19 pandemic.

 

Current guidance


Government has published information through the link below on the current guidelines from 19 July 2021.

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Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) — Business owners can watch videos and register for free webinars to learn more about the support available to help deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

Nationwide measures from Thursday 5 January 2021.

Government guidance 

 

Funding support


Grant Scheme closure dates

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG)

LRSG (Open) and LRSG (Closed) schemes have now ended.

Restart Grants

Applications closed on 30th June 2021

Restart Grant payments must be made by 31st July 2021

Additional Restrictions Grants

Applications are currently closed but a new scheme will be launched during the summer

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) July 2021 onwards


The South Ribble Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) scheme is currently closed. However, we plan to launch a new ARG scheme during the summer. The details will be published here.

If you would like to be notified when the new ARG scheme is launched, please email businessgrants@southribble.gov.uk with your contact details.

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

 

Restart Grant (RG)


On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. The scheme is called the Restart Grant (RG).

Your business may be eligible for the Restart Grant scheme if it meets these criteria:

  • Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021. 
  • Businesses must occupy hereditaments appearing on the local rating list on 1 April 2021. For the purposes of this grant scheme, occupied hereditaments that are mandated to close due to COVID-19 restrictions are considered temporarily closed. 
  • The eligible business Is the business that, according to the billing authority's records, was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 1 April 2021 
  • Businesses must primarily offer in-person services where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises. 
  • Businesses must align with the scheme definitions and criteria for the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym business sectors. 

Check full eligibity criteria for the Restart Grant.

Business categorisation for the purposes of grant funding thresholds

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises - one off grant
Business rateable value on 1 April 2021Payment 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list
with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021
£8,000
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list
with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April
2021
£12,000
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list
with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021
£18,000

 

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

Non-essential retail premises - one off grant
Business rateable value on 1 April 2021Payment 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list
with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021
£2,667
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list
with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April
2021
£4,000
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list
with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021
£6,000

 

The application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021.

Subject to subsidy allowance conditions, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament. A separate application is required for each hereditament.
 

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 end on 30th September 2021. 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

 

Kickstart


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

Any additional funding opportunities 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 

 

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.

 

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