Covid-19: Support for businesses

January 2021 - national lockdown

From 5 January 2021, the country entered its third national lockdown. In response to this, closed businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant per business rated property as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

The local restrictions grant team are identifying and emailing eligible businesses to ensure those mandated to close receive a business support grant. Please ensure you respond to emails from localrestrictionsgrant@herefordshire.gov.uk to receive grant support.

Discretionary grant support

The Discretionary Grant Fund 2, providing financial support for the November/December 2020 national Covid-19 restrictions, is now closed.

Details of new discretionary funds for the new national Covid-19 restrictions (announced in January 2021) will be posted here shortly.

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.

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.