The government has outlined financial relief for businesses to support you during the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). From this page you can find out how to access the support, find out more about the grants and loans that may be available for your business and read the latest business related advice. You can also use this online business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Please visit our dedicated webpage for guidance on running your business safely and your responsibilities as an employer or employee.

Business Grants

Business grants update:

We’re pleased to say we have paid over £17m in grants to eligible businesses – that’s 87% of the payments due. There are more payments still to make – thank you for your patience while we work through them.

We have been working to contact each business directly, and we have reached many of you. However, we know we haven't been able to speak to everyone - which is understandable with so many businesses closed.

Therefore three forms are now available to apply for a grant. Please use the form applicable to your business:

I've been contacted by NWLDC, provided with my unique ref and memorable word, and been asked fill out a form

I've not heard anything from NWLDC but believe my business is entitled to receive a Small Business Support Grant

I've not heard anything from NWLDC but believe my business is entitled to receive a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

If you're unsure of your eligibility please read the following criteria first:

Scheme 1 - Business Support Grants Fund

Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000 in line with the eligibility criteria as set out below.

Eligibility:

  • Properties included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 were in receipt of relief under the business rate Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (including those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief).
  • Hereditaments which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the rural rate relief scheme
  • Eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament
  • State Aid rules apply with a limit of 200,000 euro over 3 years.

Scheme 2 – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund

Eligibility:

  • Properties with a rateable value up to £15,000 may be eligible for a grant of £10,000. 
  • Properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 may be eligible for a grant of £25,000.

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

If you have any enquiries about business grants, email us at: covid-19businessgrants@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Government has provided North West Leicestershire District Council with a £1 million fund to allow us to further support small businesses at this difficult time.

The fund is aimed at small businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed costs that have suffered a significant fall in income due to Covid-19. The maximum grant available through our scheme is £10,000 but we expect the vast majority of payments will be much lower to ensure we can distribute the £1 million as widely as possible.

Applications for this scheme closed on Sunday 21 June 2020 with the first grant awards being paid from the week commencing Monday 22 June.

If you have any queries about this scheme, please contact discretionarygrantfund@nwleicestershire.gov.uk.

NWLDC Discretionary Business Grants Fund Policy (PDF Document, 0.43 Mb)

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme allows small business owners to apply to accredited lenders by filling out a simple online form, with only seven questions. Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with the cash being made available within days. The Government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. Loan terms are up to six years.

The scheme is being delivered through a network of accredited lenders. The Government has also agreed with lenders that a flat rate of 2.5% interest will be charged on these loans. For more information and to apply, please check your eligibility and apply online. 

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The recently announced Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will go live from Tuesday 26 May, when a new online service will be launched for small and medium-sized employers - with fewer than 250 employees - to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.

Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

Full guidance can be found here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

This scheme allows employers to claim for 80% of your employee’s wages up to £2,500 a month per employee if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The scheme will close to new entrants from Tuesday 30 June.

Claim for your employees' wages

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June.

This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June, in order for the current 3 week furlough period to be completed by 30 June. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims will be published on 12 June.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Check if you are eligible and apply now.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme FAQs

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Government has extended the maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme from £50 million to £200 million.

Loans under the expanded scheme will be made available to large businesses affected by coronavirus from the week commencing 25 May 2020.

Changes also mean companies receiving help through CLBILS and the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Fund will be asked to agree to not pay dividends and to exercise restraint on senior pay.

HMRC COVID-19 tax helpline (GOV.UK)

If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559.

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