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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant related specifically to the re-opening of businesses in line with the Government roadmap, and particularly if the business had been impacted by the decision to delay Stage 4 of the roadmap. The grant scheme has now closed.

Restart grant

The Restart grant supported businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. The grant scheme has now closed.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed premises)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed premises) was for businesses that were required to close under restrictions imposed. This scheme has now ended.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (open premises)

This grant was for businesses that were open but impacted by Tier 2 restrictions but not required to close. Copeland’s scheme supported the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors. This grant scheme has now closed.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

The Closed Business Lockdown one off grants of between £4000 and £9000 were available for the retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. This grant scheme has now closed.

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

A one off payment of £1,000 for wet-led pubs. This grant scheme has now closed. 

Business Grant Subsidy Allowance (State Aid)

The EU State Aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the Brexit transition period (December 31, 2020). View our updated guidance in relation to Business Grant Subsidy Allowance

Expanded Retail and Nursery Discount - Business Rates from July 1, 2021

Business rates relief for retail, leisure, hospitality and nursery sectors.

Following the 100 per cent discount that was applied during the 2020-21 financial year, at the Budget on March 3, 2021, the Chancellor announced that a 100 per cent discount will apply for the first three months of the financial year 2021-22, this discount will cover the period April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

From July 1, 2021, a 66 per cent discount will apply for the remainder of the 2021-22 financial year.

The 66 per cent discount applicable from July 1, 2021 is subject to a ‘cash cap’. This means a ratepayer may only receive up to the following cash caps of Expanded Retail Discount in 2021-22, ignoring any relief for the period before July 1, 2021:

· £2 million for ratepayers which were mandated by the Government to close their business on January 5, 2021, due to the pandemic

· £105,000 for all other ratepayers

To  clarify, businesses that receive less than £2 million in Government aid (for those forced to close) or less than £105k (for those not forced to close), between July 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, are eligible for the 66 per cent discount. Any business that received Government support exceeding these totals will not be eligible for the 66 per cent discount.

Full guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief/retail-discount and https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief/nurseries-discount

Bills were issued with the 66 per cent discount, to eligible businesses, on July 12, 2021. For businesses that have been asked to submit a declaration confirming the cash cap will not be exceeded, please do so here.

Other support and guidance

Other support and guidance is available via the following websites:

·        Federation of Small Businesses(link is external)

·        Cumbria Growth Hub(link is external)

·        Cumbria Chamber of Commerce(link is external)

·        Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership(link is external)

·        Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster(link is external)

·        Cumbria Tourism(link is external)

For a Workplace Resource Pack from Public Health England, incuing inormation on how to manage and report a positive case, workplace testing, and hygiene, click here.

For further information on making a workplace secure, click here.

Tourism businesses

Tourism businesses can also contact our Tourism Officer, Katie Read, at katie.read@copeland.gov.uk for one-to-one advice on cancellation policies and rights, changes to business rates etc. If you haven't already, please sign up to Katie's Covid-19 Tourism Business emails, by emailing katie.read@copeland.gov.uk.

Food and drink premises

For detailed Government guidance for food businesses click here. This includes coronavirus and food information, food hygiene guidance, employee sickness, social distancing and guidance for takeaways. Our Environmental Health team has also prepared guidance in line with Government advice.

The Beer and Pub Association has produced a practical guide for pubs that are showing the Euro 2020 football games.

Other

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has produced an information page and a leaflet on fire safety for businesses.

If you have not been contacted and would like to discuss your trade waste requirements, please email tradewaste@copeland.gov.uk

You can find out more about the Government Kickstart Scheme here which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.