Coronavirus

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Businesses

The government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses as well as a package of measures to support businesses

The government have set up a website specifically for coronavirus business support 

You can use the government website to find information on:

As a local authority, we are involved in administering the following schemes:

  • business rates holidays (including the expanded retail relief scheme)
  • cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure
  • Small Business Grant Funding

Business rate holidays

The government have provided a 12-month business rates holiday to the following businesses in England:

  • retail, hospitality and leisure
  • nurseries

Eligible businesses will not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

You can check eligibility for the retail, hospitality and leisure scheme and eligibility for the nursery scheme on the government website.

Businesses do not need to apply for the holiday. We have now updated the business rates system and are issuing new bills to all eligible businesses this week (30 March 2020).

The relief is subject to State Aid limits.

Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure

The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme will provide businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property, depending on the rateable value of the property. 

The grants will only be paid to businesses that are granted extended retail relief and have a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000.

You can check eligibility and get more information on the cash grant scheme on the government website

We are currently identifying eligible businesses in Harlow to enable this grant to be paid as soon as possible.

There is no application process for this grant, but we may need to contact businesses to obtain details as part of the grant process. We are working with our systems providers to make this process as simple as possible.

If making contact with businesses to confirm the details proves difficult under the current national circumstances then it could create a delay in payments being processed or the payment method may be changed.

The relief is subject to State Aid limits.

Small Business Grant Funding

The Small Business Grant Fund provides grants of £10,000 to businesses that have already qualified for small business rate relief. 

You can check eligibility and get more information on the grant funding scheme on the government website

We are currently identifying eligible businesses in Harlow to enable this grant to be paid as soon as possible.

There is no application process for this grant, but we may need to contact businesses to obtain details as part of the grant process. We are working with our systems providers to make this process as simple as possible.

If making contact with businesses to confirm the details proves difficult under the current national circumstances then it could create a delay in payments being processed or the payment method may be changed.

The relief is subject to State Aid limits.

More advice

Business support providers can also provide help, on top of government support. They can provide advice covering a range of support topics, including access to finance and loans, existing support grants, training, and business planning. Two key providers are:

The government business support website also details support for businesses from outside of government