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More Support for our Borough Businesses

Local businesses which received support grants for Lockdown 2 in November 2020 will be automatically contacted by us with details of further grants to cover January's Lockdown 3.

The grants are available to businesses which have had to close due to government restrictions or whose supply chain is affected by businesses which have had to close. However, a new application is not needed for the initial 42-day lockdown period which started on Tuesday 5 January. We are contacting everyone by email.

Those that have had to close at any point since 5 November 2020 but have not yet applied for a grant can do so on our website with one application for each business premises, using the form appropriate to the business.

Lockdown 3 grants are based on the rateable value of a business's premises, to cover an initial 42-day period from Tuesday 5 January: 
Rateable value up to £15,000 - a grant of £2,001 
Rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 - a grant of £3,000 
Rateable value of £51,000 and over - a grant of £4,500 

A one-off payment for recipients of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) is also available for the same period:

Rateable value up to £15,000 - a grant of £4,000 
Rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 - a grant of £6,000 
Rateable value of £51,000 and over - a grant of £9,000 

Businesses which continued to offer takeaway, click-and-collect or delivery services despite closure are also eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). Businesses can apply for one grant for each of their qualifying premises. Companies which chose to close, but were not required to, will not be eligible, along with those which are in administration, insolvent or have received a striking-off notice. Businesses which have already received grant payments equal to the maximum levels of State aid allowed under the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will also not be eligible. 

Applicants will need to give references from their rate demand; an image of their bank account, showing account name, number and sort code; their company number, charity number and VAT registration number if applicable; and information on any funds received through state aid or a declaration that the level of funds received does not exceed the limits. 

A Christmas support payment of £1,000 is also available for wet-led pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from the sale of food. We have emailed all venues that we think are eligible. 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) is available to cover the period 2-19 December for businesses which were not forced to close but supply the hospitality, leisure, travel, holiday, airline, cultural, arts and tourism sectors. 

A discretionary scheme is in place to help bed and breakfast businesses which pay Council Tax, and businesses which do not have a rateable value but have high business-related property costs, such as rent or service charges.  The scheme can also help businesses in shared premises where they have had to close, and businesses that supply the hospitality, leisure, travel, holiday, airline, cultural, arts and tourism sectors.

Businesses which are not the ratepayer at their premises should supply details of the ratepayer, proof of rent and service charges, and the proportion of the shared premises that they occupy. If a premises has no rateable value, businesses should also provide proof of rent and service charges. Bed and Breakfast owners need to provide their Council Tax bill. Where the business is part of the supply chain to the hospitality, leisure, travel, holiday, airline, cultural, arts and tourism sectors, an explanation of this supply chain and how the business has been affected is required.

Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for funding. 

Grant income received by a business is taxable, and will need to be included as income in the business's tax return. 

Lead Councillor for Economy, Cllr John Redpath says: 

"We understand that many local businesses are facing ongoing and new financial difficulty due to the continued impact of the global pandemic. As a Local Authority, we are here to support all of our local businesses and provide as much help as we can. We have already distributed over £23 million in government grants and provided business rate relief to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. 

"New grants to help businesses are being introduced regularly. All new schemes are published on our website. We would recommend that businesses bookmark this page." 

Cllr Redpath continued: "We invite all businesses to get in touch as we may be able to help in other ways, including through our assistance to help businesses follow new licensing guidelines. We have also been working with the Community Foundation for Surrey's Coronavirus Response Fund, as the Mayor of Guildford's chosen charity for 2020-21, to match fund any donations to support local charities and voluntary organisations helping vulnerable, elderly and isolated members of the community. Businesses can also get information and support through the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub, at www.enterprisem3growthhub.co.uk/

 
"Additional help may be available through the government's Kickstart Scheme and new investment in 'green' jobs. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has also this week published information on additional resources available to employers and employees, including support offered by the National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses, at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-support-for-business-from-outside-government."

Published Wednesday 27 January