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.

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.

Please check your eligibility for this support and apply by clicking the link below. Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 14 June 2020 and we plan to start to pay the first grant awards from 22 June.

You can apply now for the Discretionary Grants Fund

If you have any queries about this scheme, please contact


You may be eligible if your business:

  • Has ongoing fixed building-related costs
  • Can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis
  • Has fewer than 50 employees
  • Was trading on 11 March 2020.

Priority for certain types of businesses

The majority of this funding will be prioritised in line with Government’s national priorities: 

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces - e.g. units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

We are also keen to support any other type of business in North West Leicestershire who can demonstrate a significant impact to their business income due to the pandemic restrictions and who continue to pay relatively high and ongoing fixed costs. Please apply if you think this may be you. Apply for the Discretionary Grants Fund.

Ineligible businesses

Business which are eligible for existing grant schemes are not eligible. However, those that have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are eligible to apply for a discretionary grant.

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

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.


  • 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


  • 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:

Business rates enquiries

We work in partnership with Hinckley & Bosworth District Council to provide this business rate support, therefore any enquiries related to business rates should be sent to: 

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). Apply now.

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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