Covid-19: Support for businesses

November 2020 Covid-19 Restrictions Grants

Local restrictions grant scheme

We have now started to contact businesses via email from localrestrictionsgrant@herefordshire.gov.uk where they qualify for a grant.

This scheme is different to the previous Small Business Grant / Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Fund, as now eligible businesses are those with a business rated property that has been required to close due to the current national lockdown restrictions.

Businesses offering direct, in-person services that had reopened following the end of the first national lockdown but were then mandated to close in this current lockdown will be eligible and will be contacted. Bars, pubs, restaurants and shops required to close are still eligible for a grant if they chose to operate as a takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services.  The grant amount is linked to the businesses rateable value, as follows:-

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under - £1,334 grant
  • Rateable value between £15,001 and £49,999 - £2,000 grant
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or over - £3,000 grant

We are contacting businesses that we have identified are eligible for this grant via email but if you need to contact us about this grant, please email:  localrestrictionsgrant@herefordshire.gov.uk

Fraud statement

Herefordshire Council will not accept deliberate manipulation or fraud, and any instances will be actively investigated. Any business who falsifies their records or dishonestly provides inaccurate information to gain grant money, will face prosecution. The Council reserves the right to recoup funds and claw back any grants paid in error.

Grant support for other businesses directly impacted by the restrictions

We are in the process of establishing a grant scheme for businesses that are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) but have been directly impacted by the new national restrictions. This webpage will be updated as soon as we have more information on this scheme. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide you any further information if you contact us.

Funding

  • Kickstart Scheme - 100% funding for employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people (age 16-24) who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. All of the costs are covered by central government.
  • The Job Support Scheme helps individuals and businesses deal with the challenges created by coronavirus (Covid-19) by helping employers retain their employees.
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension the Government will provide a taxable grant covering 40% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £3,750 in total.

For information on other grants and funding available for businesses in Herefordshire please visit our Covid-19: Grants and funding for businesses page.

Businesses reopening

Government guidance on reopening your business.

Business rates support

If you own a business you may be eligible for help in one the following ways:

Business support in Herefordshire during Covid-19

Herefordshire Council is working with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (Marches LEP) to support the business community throughout the coronavirus outbreak through our joint business support service, the Marches Growth Hub. You can contact the growth hub at enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk

Business support and advice

All of us in Herefordshire Council understand that this is a difficult time for you, your business, and your employees. Government measures and advice are being updated as the situation develops so we encourage you to visit these pages and links regularly for the latest position.

We urge all Herefordshire businesses to do everything they can to limit the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus). Please ensure you and your staff follow government guidance to ensure social distancing.

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by Covid-19, including:

Business loans

Self-employed

Cash flow

Other business support

For individual businesses, the first port of call for advice and support is the Government Coronavirus Business Support Portal.

The Business Support Helpline 0800 998 1098​ (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) is for businesses in England, of all sizes, to speak directly to an advisor.

Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Training and events to support your business

The Marches Growth Hub calendar has a list of training and events to help support your business.

Fastershire - New FREE courses to help get your business online.

Other useful links include:

We recognise that aside from financial and business support you, your employees or people in your supply chain, may want to access mental health and wellbeing advice. Please visit WISH mental health and wellbeing for details of the local advice and services.