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Business support due to COVID-19

Available grants

Support grants are available for businesses which are affected by local restrictions or national lockdown. Your business may be able to apply for one or more of these grants.

The Restart Grant scheme is a one-off grant award available for business rate payers only in non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. 

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is:

  • based in England
  • rate-paying
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • trading on 1 April 2021.

Visit the GOV.UK website to find out if you are eligible for a Restart Grant

How much will you receive?

For non-essential retail premises (used mainly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public):

  • businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

For hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses:

  • businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • businesses occupying hereditaments  with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

Business Grant subsidy allowance (formerly state aid)

The EU State Aid rules no longer apply, and new subsidy allowances have been established for COVID-19 business grant schemes.  You need to ensure that your business complies with these arrangements. Visit the GOV.UK website for further information about complying with the UK’s international obligations on subsidy control: guidance for public authorities.

How to apply for a Restart Grant

If you think you are eligible for a Re-start grant, please email all of the following information to ctax@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Application closing date 30 June 2021.

We will not be able to consider your application without this information:

  • Business rates account number (this is on your business rates bill)
  • Business name, trading address including postcode and contact phone number
  • Nature of business
  • Copy of a recent bank statement dated within the last 3 months
  • Confirmation statement that your business was trading on the 1st April 2021
  • Date business established
  • Declaration stating that by accepting the grant, you will not exceed the Business Grant Subsidy allowance (please see this link for an explanation Check if you're eligible for a coronavirus Restart Grant - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk))
  • Number of employees (at the business premises to which this application relates)
  • Confirmation of your HMRC Unique Taxpayer Reference number or Company reference number

The information you provide in respect of a Restart Grant application will be used by the Government for monitoring and evaluation purposes, as well as for prevention and detection of fraud and/or other criminal activities and for suspension and/or recovery of the grant where necessary. The Government may share information for the purpose of counter fraud activity and debt recovery with other government departments, agencies and/or local authorities. View our data protection and privacy policy.

We aim to reply to your email within 14 days.

Our team are extremely busy so we would ask that you do not send repeat emails as this will slow down the payment process for all businesses.  We will reply to all emails and thank you for your patience.

Additional Restrictions Grant

Businesses that have previously received an Additional Restrictions Grant or who have applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) will automatically be considered for the Additional Restrictions Grant for the duration of the current national lockdown. You do not need to make a separate application.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is available to help those businesses which – whilst not legally forced to close – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place during the National Lockdown from 5 January 2021

The grant is available to businesses that trade from an address in the local authority district of Wyre Forest.  Applicants must have been trading on 4/01/21, i.e. not in administration, insolvent, or subject to a striking off notice.

Any business can apply; however, the following will be considered as priority:

  • Businesses that supply goods and services to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors;
  • Businesses that supply goods and services to the events sector;
  • Businesses that have fixed property costs but do not have a separate listing on the business rates system, eg Market Traders, Street Licence Holders, Businesses in Shared Spaces;
  • Businesses that provide mobile personal care services that are required to close;
  • Businesses that, whilst not required to close, have been significantly impacted by the restrictions in place.

For full eligibility criteria, please read the Additional Restrictions Grant 2021 Guidance Notes.

Apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant and Top Up Grant (national lockdown from 5 January) 

5 January to the 15 February 2021

Applications for the period of national lockdown covering 5 January to the 15 February 2021 are now closed and late applications will not be considered.

16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021

For the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 inclusive, the rate of payment for eligible businesses will be:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants will be £2,096
  • For properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51k, grants will be £3,143
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants will be £4,714

Please note the Closed Business Lockdown Payment is not payable for this period.

Our revenues team have been contacting all businesses we believe to be eligible.  If you think you are eligible for a grant, please email all of the following information to ctax@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Application closing date 31 May 2021.

We will not be able to consider your application without this information:

  • Business rates account number (this is on your business rates bill)
  • Business name, address and contact phone number
  • Copy of a recent bank statement dated within the last 3 months
  • Confirmation of your last trading date
  • A statement confirming that you have been mandated to close
  • Declaration stating that by accepting the grant, you will not exceed State Aid limits
  • Number of employees you have
  • Confirmation of your HMRC self-assessment number of company number

We aim to reply to your email within 14 days.

Our team are extremely busy so we would ask that you do not send repeat emails as this will slow down the payment process for all businesses.  We will reply to all emails and thank you for your patience.

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