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Coronavirus: business support

The risks of coronavirus remain high. To keep everyone safe, please stay cautious. Get the latest information about coronavirus.

Reopening businesses

Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted (19 July 2021)

Coronavirus restrictions have now been lifted, but as cases continue to rise in many places, we must all stay cautious.

To protect yourself and others, the government recommends that you still:

  • wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • wear a face covering (unless you're exempt) in crowded places, like on public transport
  • minimise the number of people you meet with

Employers still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of coronavirus, and to take reasonable steps to lessen or remove the risks you identify. Find out more about how to stay safe for businesses and venues.

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.

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.

Guidance for employers and self-employed people on keeping workplaces safe as coronavirus restrictions end is available from the HSE.

The government website also has guidance on current rules.

Restart Grants

Applications for the Restart Grant have now closed. The last day to apply was Wednesday 30 June 2021.

The Local Restrictions Grant and Restart Grant schemes which helped businesses throughout lockdown and restrictions, as well as with reopening, are now closed.

As a condition of accepting the funding provided, we will now go through a series of post-payment assurance checks to make sure the grants have been paid in line with the eligibility and subsidy allowance conditions for these schemes.  

Over the next few weeks, businesses will be selected and contacted as part of this process. If your business is contacted, we'd encourage you to respond quickly and in full to any requests for further information. If it's not possible for us to confirm that the grant was awarded correctly then we'll be obliged to recover the amount paid, and we would like to avoid taking unnecessary action to recover grants.

Pavement licences

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.

The Recovery Loan Scheme will run until 31 December 2021, subject to review. Find out more about the Recovery Loan Scheme and apply.

Kickstart Scheme

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:

Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme on GOV.UK or download the Kickstart Scheme guide (PDF).

Government support available

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 

The Additional Restrictions Grant gives essential financial support to businesses in Middlesbrough. The scheme aims to: 

  • give direct grant support to businesses which have been severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions
  • support businesses which have been unable to access other business support schemes  
  • introduce business support measures which will stimulate the local economy, and encourage long-term job creation and investment

To date, the scheme has distributed 2495 payments, totalling £4,021,991.93, to support businesses and business recovery in Middlesbrough.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant are now closed, as all funding is now committed.

We're aiming to trigger or secure further funding to help businesses with their continued recovery and reopening over the year. We'll publish more information here when it's available.

The Local Restrictions Grant and Restart Grant schemes which helped businesses throughout lockdown and restrictions, as well as with reopening, are now closed.

As a condition of accepting the funding provided, we will now go through a series of post-payment assurance checks to make sure the grants have been paid in line with the eligibility and subsidy allowance conditions for these schemes.  

Over the next few weeks, businesses will be selected and contacted as part of this process. If your business is contacted, we'd encourage you to respond quickly and in full to any requests for further information. If it's not possible for us to confirm that the grant was awarded correctly then we'll be obliged to recover the amount paid, and we would like to avoid taking unnecessary action to recover grants.

Get the latest information from the government

The government’s business support website 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.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough)

The government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being extended until 30 September 2021. Find out more about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The fourth grant covers the period February 2021 to April 2021. Find out more about the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

The fifth and final grant will cover the period May to September. If you're eligible, you'll be able to claim from late July 2021.

Middlesbrough Council supports your business

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 info@mcls.ac.uk (Please note these contact details should not be used for grants information or advice, for grange information please see the section above).

You can also visit the Middlesbrough Community Learning website and follow Middlesbrough Community Learning on Facebook for job and training updates.

Frequently asked questions

FAQs

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 invest@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

What do I do if I do not appear to qualify for any of the grants?

Please visit the GOV.UK business section, as additional funding may be available from the government.

Can I get business support by phone?

Help for businesses is available from the Tees Valley Business Support Line. The support line operates 24 hours, 7 days a week and can provide specific advice to businesses across the region. The service can signpost you other organisations and support to give your business relevant advice.

If you own a business, are an employer, or are self-employed, you can get in touch with the Tees Valley Business Support Line on 01642 662 777 or email support@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk.

 

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