Covid-19: Support for businesses

April restart grants

The Restart Grant Scheme supports business rated properties predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public. Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Grants of up to £18,000 will be paid to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

Please ensure you respond to emails arriving from to receive grant support.

Discretionary Grant Support

The Discretionary Grant Fund 3 and Exceptional Circumstances Fund 2 are now closed to new applications. The council is reviewing the discretionary support. We will publish on this page any additional discretionary support that is made available and we will notify previous recipients by email.

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.


  • 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

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


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.

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