I understand how difficult this unprecedented crisis will be for businesses and I have campaigned for business owners to be given the support they need to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Two support schemes are now available to local businesses that have been affected by the national lockdown and/or local restrictions:

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides additional funding for local authorities, in Local COVID Alert Level Very High areas, to support businesses that have had their trade affected by the restrictions. This includes:

      • closed businesses that don’t pay business rates
      • businesses that have not been required to close, but are still severely impacted

Each local authority has the discretion to establish business grant schemes or other business support as best fits their area. You can find further details here.

 

Lockdown Business Support Grant

This grant helps businesses that have been required to close due to new national lockdown restrictions by providing grants of £1334, £2000 or £3000 every four weeks whilst the restrictions are in place.

The amount you receive depends on the rateable value (RV) of the property and the length of time the business remains closed. Unlike previously, properties with a rateable value of more than £51,000 may apply.

You may be eligible for a grant, if your business:

      • is registered for business rates, and
      • was trading as usual but has been forced to close

You can apply if your business closed because of:

      • local Tier 3 ‘very high’ restrictions on 23 October 2020
      • or new national restrictions introduced on 5 November 2020

Your business can apply if you were forced to close on 23 October 2020 under Tier 3 local restrictions.  The following types of business are eligible:

      • pubs, bars and licensed premises (who do not serve substantial meals)
      • casinos
      • betting shops
      • adult gaming centres
      • soft play centres

Your business can apply if you were forced to close on 5 November 2020 under national lockdown restrictions.  The following types of business are eligible:

      • non-essential retail
      • hospitality
      • leisure

You can also find further details here.

Both of these grants are managed by the local Council. For more information you can contact the Council’s Business Sheffield Advisors by calling 0114 224 5000 or via businesssheffield@sheffield.gov.uk.

I would urge every businesses to look carefully at the package of support available and do whatever it takes to keep employees on.

If you find that these schemes aren’t sufficient or you encounter any difficulties when applying, please do let me know.

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