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Coronavirus: Support for businesses

We are here to support you through the lockdown, providing advice, guidance and grants. Please see the information below and Norfolk County County’s website for toolkits to help your business at this time.

It has been confirmed that from 2 December, Broadland will be placed under Tier 2 to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.  This tier has been strengthened compared to previous tiers. It’s important you follow the rules to help suppress the virus.  Find out everything you need to know about the tiers on the Government website here.

Business support grants

We have been provided with funding from the Government to distribute Local Restrictions Support Grants and Additional Restrictions Grants.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is now open for applications. Once we have been able to confirm the eligibility for each applicant we will be making prompt payments to support local businesses. 

Eligible businesses will qualify for grants in respect of a premises that is both:

  • Subject to its own business rates assessment (whether the ratepayer is in receipt of rate reliefs/discounts or not), and
  • Where those same premises are required to close by law under the new National Restrictions from 5 November

Further guidance is available on the Government website to check if your business is eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant. 

Pubs and restaurants not able to admit customers but which are offering takeaway, click and collect or delivery services will be treated as closed for the purposes of this grant and so will qualify.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

The value of grant support for the four-week period will be at the level below according to the rateable value for the premises used in the calculation of the business rates charge:

Rateable value range Grant award value
Less than or equal to £15,000 £1,334
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £2,000
Greater than or equal to £51,000 (there’s no upper limit) £3,000

If you are unclear whether you qualify please call us on 01603 980441 or email [email protected].

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

We will be using additional funding provided by Government to set up an Additional Restrictions Grant fund which will provide further support to businesses over the coming weeks and months. We are currently developing how this funding will work.

If your business falls into one or both of the below categories, the Additional Restrictions Grant may be able to provide some support.

  • The business does not operate from premises which are business rated, or
  • The business does run from business rated premises but is not required to close by law

Further guidance is available on the Government website to check if your business is eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant. 

Complete our expression of interest form below to hear more about this grant once it is open for applications and to tell us how your business is being impacted at this time.

Register your future interest in the ARG

Business rates relief

Business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

A rate relief holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year is now live.

Businesses within these industries do not need to do anything. Revised bills are now being issued to these businesses to reflect this expanded relief.

Business rate holiday for nurseries (childcare facilities)

A relief holiday is also now live for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

You are eligible for the business rates holiday where your business property is:

  • occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register
  • wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Businesses within these industries do not need to do anything. Revised bills are now being issued to these businesses to reflect this new relief.

One off rate relief

If you are not eligible for either scheme above and are struggling to pay your business rates, please contact the business rates team as soon as possible. They may be able to assist with rescheduling payment dates.

Broadland District Council Rates Team[email protected]

Other useful links

UK Government
Norfolk County Councils Coronavirus page
Federation for Small Businesses
UK Government - Webinar
Norfolk Chambers of Commerce

If you have any concerns or need support, please call a member of the Economic Development Team on 01603 980441 or email [email protected].

You can also find information and support at The New Anglia Growth Hub. The Growth Hub can be contacted directly on 0300 333 6536. 

Additional business support available

Support for employers
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)

Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

If you're an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Support for the self employed
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant has been extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you are eligible and how much you can get.

Self-employed eligible to apply for Universal Credit

Self-employed people are now eligible to apply for increased amounts of Universal Credit if you are on a low income or out of work.

Finance support for your business
Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.

Deferral of Self Assessment payment

Self-assessment payments normally due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 can now be deferred to January 2021. Find out about deferral of self-assessment payments.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is available for SMEs.

COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus through the purchase of their short-term debt. Find out more about the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility.

Support for businesses paying tax

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time to Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Insurance cover related to pandemics

Businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their broker or insurer to understand what they are covered for. However, the Government recognise that many businesses, particularly SME's, don’t have insurance cover for a pandemic and so they have made cash grants available to help businesses bridge through this period.