Health and safety
Workplace health and safety, and health protection laws, will continue to require businesses to implement and maintain risk-based safety measures. This will include enabling social distancing, wearing face coverings (especially for workers whose role brings them into close contact with customers), good hygiene controls, and management of coronavirus cases.
The government website also has guidance on current rules.
Businesses wishing to use their outdoor space can apply for a temporary Pavement Licence to put out temporary removable furniture. There will be no charge for the licence.
Recovery Loan Scheme
The Recovery Loan Scheme provides financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic. You can apply to the scheme if COVID-19 has affected your business. You can use the finance for any legitimate business purpose – including managing cashflow, investment and growth.
At the Autumn Budget 2021, the government announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme will be extended by six months to 30 June 2022, with some changes applying from 1 January 2022. Find out more about the Recovery Loan Scheme and apply.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions
- a grant of £1,500 per job to cover setup costs and employability support
COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)
On 25 March 2021, the government announced an additional Business Rates support package, worth £1.5 billion, to support businesses in England which have been affected by COVID-19 but are not eligible for existing support linked to Business Rates. Guidance on this support package, the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF), has now been published. You can read the full announcement about the Business Rates support package on GOV.UK.
The relief will be in the form of a reduction to the business' Business Rates bill. We're currently working through the government guidance and we'll update this page with more information as soon as possible.
The government has specifically excluded the following businesses from this scheme:
- businesses which are, or would have been, eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering retail, hospitality, and leisure) and the Nursery Discount
- properties which are unoccupied (other than those closed temporarily due to national coronavirus restrictions)
The government's coronavirus section has all the information you need if you're a business owner or a self-employed person. This includes any financial support available, guidance on how to run your business safely, and how to comply with NHS Track and Trace.
Working safely during coronavirus
The government has produced guidance to help employers, employees, and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guides cover a range of different types of work. Read the government 'working safely during coronavirus' guidance now. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality, leisure, and nursery education establishments
The government has announced these businesses will be supported with a 100% rates discount until 30 June 2021. This means that your business will not need to pay business rates during the first quarter of the financial year 2021/2022.
Updated bills will be issued for ratepayers then required to pay the normal charge or allowed a lesser reduction to 31 March 2022.
66% discount will be available, but this has been capped by the government, which means larger businesses will not qualify for it from all of their rates bills.
Support from Middlesbrough Community Learning
Middlesbrough Community Learning, Middlesbrough Council's apprenticeship, adult learning, and employability service, is reaching out to businesses and support services throughout the Tees Valley, to offer free advice and support.
Their current offer includes:
- Apprenticeships for new and current staff (including staff on furlough)
- Middlesbrough Council levy advice, guidance, and access (if eligible)
- Computing and ICT training (all levels, both classroom-based and online)
- Recruitment (access to local job candidates, sifting, and interview support)
- Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT (all levels, both classroom-based and online)
- Employability programmes (including interview preparation, CVs, self-marketing, self-employment, one-to-one advice)
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- English and Maths (entry levels)
- Distance learning (online access to courses, often used as staff CPD and inductions, including stress management, first aid, risk assessments, mental health awareness, safeguarding, health and safety, alcohol awareness, and more)
- Training for life and work
- Volunteering and work experience opportunities with Middlesbrough Council
To find out more, contact Middlesbrough Community Learning on 01642 811400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note these contact details should not be used for grants information or advice, for grange information please see the section above).
I need help to grow my business
Our investment team can direct you to the right support to help your business with growth, recruitment, relocation, etc. Please email email@example.com.
What do I do if I do not appear to qualify for any of the grants?
Please visit the GOV.UK coronavirus section, as additional funding may be available from the government.
Can I get business support?
Advice, support, and finance to support growing businesses across the Tees Valley is available from the Tees Valley Combined Authority's business hub - Tees Valley Business.