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

 

Current guidance


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.

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Nationwide measures from Thursday 5 January 2021.

Government has published information through the link below on the restrictions, which come into effect on 5 January 2021.

A full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.

Government guidance 

 

Funding support


Grant Scheme closure dates

LRSG (Open)

  • Applications received by 31 March 2021
  • Payments made by 30 April 2021

LRSG (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards: For the first 42 day payment (5 January to 15 February):

  • Applications received by 31 March 2021
  • Payments made by 30 April 2021

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

  • Applications received by 31 March 2021
  • Payments made by 30 April 2021

LRSG (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards: For the second 44 day payment (16 February to 31 March)

  • All applications must be received by 31 May 2021
  • Payments must be made by 30 June 2021

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)


South Ribble was placed in Tier 4 restrictions from 30 December 2020 and under National Lockdown from 5 January 2021. The Local Restrictions Support Grants (for businesses instructed to close) have been extended.

If your business has already applied for Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed Businesses) you do not need to re-apply. We will identify businesses eligible for further payments under Tier 4 and national Restrictions from existing applications. 

Please submit an application through the link below if you have not already applied and your business meets the eligibility criteria. 

Apply here for the Local Restrictions Support Grants for businesses instructed to close under Tier 3 and National restrictions.

LRSG (Closed businesses) Addendum: 16 February to 31 March: All applications must be received by 31 May 2021. (You do not need to reapply if you have already had an application for LRSG (Closed businesses) approved.

Are you eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)? 

Check eligibility here .

If your business is eligible for LRSG (closed) you can expect to receive the payments below:

Local restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) : Payments to eligible businesses in South Ribble 2020 / 2021

 Rateable value under £15,000Rateable value £15,000 - £51,000Rateable value over £51,000
LRSG (Closed) 14 days (Pro Rata)
17 October - 4 November
£858£1,286£1,929

LRSG (Closed Addendum)
5 November - 1 December

£1,334£2,000£3,000
LRSG (Closed) 14 days
2 December - 16 December
£667£1,000£1,500
LRSG (Closed) 14 days
17 December - 29 December
£667£1,000£1,500

Christmas Support Payment
(wet-led pubs)

£1,000£1,000£1,000

LRSG (Closed) payment under Tier 4
30 December - 4 January

£238£357£536

LRSG (Closed) payment under the National restrictions
5 January - 15 February

£2,001£3,000£4,000
Closed Business Lockdown Payment£4,000£6,000£9,000
LRSG (Closed Addendum) 16th February to 31st March 2021£2,096£3,143£4,714

 

Important:

  • If you have already had an application for LRSG (Closed businesses) approved, you do not need to reapply.
  • If you have not applied for LRSG (Closed businesses) and you think you may be eligible, please email: businessgrants@southribble.gov.uk

 

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) April 2021 onwards


The South Ribble Additional Restrictions Grants scheme is for businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions but have been excluded from other grant support. 

The first ARG Scheme was in operation between December 2020 and March 2021, applications for ARG Scheme 1 closed on 31st March 2021.

Further funding has been awarded for Additional Restrictions Grants. The South Ribble ARG Scheme has been reviewed and we are:

  • Extending payments through to May for successful ARG1 applicants, and
  • Opening a new ARG2 round (closing date 21/5/21) for any NEW applicants

We will be contacting all eligible businesses approved under ARG 1 soon with details of the extended payments.

South Ribble Additional Restrictions Grants Scheme 2 (ARG 2)

Under this grant, a business may be eligible if it fulfils the below criteria:

  • Business meets the eligibility criteria for the Additional Restrictions Grants (from 1st April onwards) including:
  • Business was trading on 1st April 2021
  • Business has not ceased trading, is not in administration, liquidation or subject to a strike off notice
  • The grant will not be used as a wage supplement (business must have on-going business costs)
  • Business operational base must be in South Ribble
  • Business does not qualify for Restart Grants
  • Business is able to demonstrate a severe loss of income during the qualifying period (April to May 2021)
  • Business is either fully closed or only trading partially or only online

Only one application per applicant, business or per property.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum Subsidy Allowance limits permitted under the de minimis and the COVID19 Temporary State Aid Framework are excluded.

Apply for the grant here

The closing date for ARG 2 applications is 21 May 2021.

ARG 2 grant amounts will be based on the qualifying dates (when the business was not eligible for Restart Grants) and any fixed property costs comprising rental/lease/mortgage payments and business rates payable. Amounts will be advised when the grant applications have been processed.

Property costs (if applicable for non-home-based businesses) can only be attributed to the business that is the leaseholder.

Note: The South Ribble ARG Scheme payments (for eligible applications) are single payments. The amounts are based on the available funding and calculated to be comparable with the levels of support under the Local Restrictions Support Grants where possible.

We reserve the right to amend this scheme at any time.

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

 

Apply now for a Restart Grant

Please note that you will need to apply for this grant even if your business has received previous grants because this is a separate scheme with different qualifying criteria and payment levels.

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 begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. 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

Applications are now closed for:

  • Business Recovery grants - expressions of interests were taken from Monday 24 August and if eligible, you will be invited to the next stage once the scheme is launched in mid-September
  • Discretionary grants
  • Small Business grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants - payments for eligible applications will be made by 30 September

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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