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Coronavirus: business support

National lockdown: Stay at home. You must not leave your home unless necessary. Find out what you can and cannot do.

Government support available

Please use the flowchart to help you find which grant is relevant to your business

 

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG)

At the end of October, the government announced they would be giving additional funds to local councils, in the form of Local Restriction Grant Support Funds, to support local businesses.

LRSG covers:

  • the periods of national lockdown from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December 2020, and Monday 4 January 2021 onwards
  • the period where Middlesbrough was under Local COVID Alert Level Tier 2 (High) restrictions (Saturday 3 October to Thursday 5 November)
  • additional sector support for businesses (such as nightclubs) which have been forced to close since March 20
  • some discretionary funds to best support Middlesbrough’s local business economy

We launched the first of these funds on Friday 6 November. This is aimed at those businesses forced to close as part of the national lockdown.

National lockdown in England

As of 4 January 2021, a new national lockdown is in force in England until further notice.

Find out which business should be closed as part of the national lockdown.

Further business support packages have been announced 5 January to support businesses required to close as part of this lockdown.

You can check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses) on GOV.UK.

National lockdown: business update - Wednesday 13 January 2021

We've received the government guidance today in relation to the additional LRSG (Closed) payments, and the one-off top up grant (Closed Business Lockdown Payment) for all businesses required to close during the national lockdown (5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021).

We will be processing these payments together, as quickly as we can.

Businesses which are eligible for the lockdown payments are those which have been required to close by the government, and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities, and hospitality businesses.

If you've already had a payment from our previous LRSG (Closed) scheme, you'll get an email directly on Thursday 14 January from Middlesbrough Council asking you to confirm your business details. Once you've confirmed them, we'll do the rest. Please look out for our email in your inbox, and if you have not had anything, please check your spam inbox too. Please note, some businesses will have already been paid up to 15 January 2021 on the recent cyclical payments that have been processed. Payments will be adjusted automatically so there is no further action is needed. Any adjustment relating to Tier 4 will also be dealt with automatically.

If your business has not already had a payment through the LRSG (Closed) scheme, or your business' circumstances have changed, you'll need to complete the 'national lockdown January' claim form.

You can find out more about the amount of funding your business is entitled to on GOV.UK.

The last date for claims on this grant is 31 March 2021.

Businesses which are not eligible include:

  • businesses which are still able to provide their main service because they do not depend on offering direct, in-person services on their premises, and can still operate their services effectively remotely (for example, accountants, solicitors)
  • businesses in areas outside the scope of the national restrictions, as defined by government
  • businesses which have chosen to close but not been legally required to
  • businesses which are in administration, are insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made

The person who, according to our records, was the ratepayer on 5 January 2021 is eligible for the grant. We may withdraw the grant if the person who receives it was not the ratepayer on the eligible day (5 January 2021).

These grants are subject to state aid and count as taxable income.

Our teams are extremely busy processing the grants, so we ask you to please not try phoning us at the moment, as this gives us more time to process the payments quickly.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) 

If you've already had a payment from our previous LRSG (Closed) scheme, you'll get an email directly tomorrow from Middlesbrough Council asking you to confirm your business details. Please do not reapply.

The grant support for the business is based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the property, as follows:

  • £15,000 or under - grant of £1,334 per 28 days
  • £15,001 to £50,999 - grant of £2,000 per 28 days
  • £51,000 and over - grant of £3,000 per 28 days

Eligible business sectors include:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars)
  • holiday accommodation (hotels, hostels, guest houses, and campsites)
  • leisure and sports facilities
  • entertainment venues
  • personal services (hair, beauty, tanning, and nail salons; tattoo and massage parlours; spas)
  • community centres

We're now inviting applications and aim to make payment within 7 to 14 days of getting your application, if your business is eligible to claim the grant.

You should only make a claim for this grant if you've been forced to close your business as part of the national lockdown restriction measures (Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December) and your business falls into the eligible categories listed above. Please take care to fully answer all of the questions on the online form, and give accurate contact details and bank information. These grants are subject to state aid and count as taxable income.

Local Restrictions Grant Scheme (open businesses - local restrictions) 

This grant scheme covers hospitality, leisure, hotel, bed and breakfast, and nursery education businesses which are not legally required to close, but are severely impacted by Local Covid-19 Alert Level ‘High’ (LCAL 2) and Local Covid-19 Alert Level ‘Very High’ (LCAL 3) restrictions.

The grant covers the period that Middlesbrough was in LCAL Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday 3 October 2020 to Wednesday 4 November 2020, and any return to LCAL Tier 2/3 restrictions after the national lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Eligibility

Businesses in the sectors listed above, which were established and trading on the day prior to the introduction of the LCAL restrictions, and which have property and high fixed costs are eligible.

Examples of hospitality and leisure businesses include: restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, cinemas, galleries, spas, wellness centres, and gyms.

Eligible businesses which have already claimed the lockdown (closed) grant can also submit a claim to this scheme.

Businesses which are in administration, are insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible to claim through this scheme.

Grant values

Grants will be based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the business property:

  • properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under - grant of £467
  • properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 - grant of £700
  • properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above - grant of £1,050

Where a Rateable Value (RV) does not apply, grants will be awarded based on the annual rental value:

  • businesses with an annual rental value of £15,000 or under - grant of £233.50
  • businesses with an annual rental value of £15,001 to £50,999 - grant of £350
  • businesses with an annual rental value of £51,000 and above - grant £525

Grants will be paid for every 14-day fixed period that the criteria is met (maximum grants per period will apply).

This scheme has been extended, effective from 10 December 2020, to include those businesses that can demonstrate that they have been severely impacted because of the Covid restrictions placed on hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast, and nursery businesses whilst they continued trading, through fixed property-related costs and a significant fall in income. These businesses will qualify for a single payment only (total to 28 days) and this will be based on the payment allocation outlined above.

Apply

As part of your claim, you'll need to submit relevant evidence showing that your business was open and trading, but severely impacted by the restrictions. Please take care to fully answer all of the questions on the online form, and give accurate contact details and bank information. These grants are subject to state aid and count as taxable income.

If you've read the guidance and believe you're eligible for this grant, we invite you to submit a claim.

Full details of all government support, is available on the business support page on GOV.UK.

Sector support

Businesses, such as nightclubs, which have been forced to close since March 2020 may have access to an additional fund covering the period Sunday 1 November to Thursday 5 November.

For businesses which fall into this category, payments will be automatically applied.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 

This scheme is to provide additional support to the grant funding under the Local Restrictions Support Grant Schemes.

At this stage, the scheme is to offer support to businesses which were not covered by the 'Local Restrictions Support Grant - Open' and 'Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed' schemes, but were still severely impacted by lockdown.

Eligibility

Eligible businesses include:

  • retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses in shared spaces, where they are not the party liable for Business Rates (for example, a beauty business renting space in a larger salon)
  • retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses which were allowed to open, but were unable to do so, because the main venue they operate in was closed (for example, a cafe in a museum or sports centre)
  • concessionary stall holders in retail centres
  • market traders with regular pitches in Middlesbrough
  • businesses which supply retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors
  • sole traders/self-employed without a Business Rates liability, but with high fixed costs and specific quantifiable business only-related overheads

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): additional eligibility - from 16 December 2020 onwards

From 13 January 2021, we're expanding this scheme so more businesses are eligible to apply.

The additional eligibility criteria is effective from 16 December 2020. If you've already applied and were not eligible for a payment at the time, please do not reapply as we are reviewing all previous applications to see if you're eligible under the new criteria. As before, you'll need to provide evidence that coronavirus restrictions have had a severe financial impact on your business.

The following businesses are now eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant:

  • businesses which were not legally required to close, but where a large element of the business delivered/provided is not permitted under the regulations, which has resulted in a significant financial impact
  • startup businesses whose trading date made them ineligible for help during the first wave of lockdown support
  • car part/car repair garages and other car services like taxi operatives, which have fixed overheads
  • nightclubs and other entertainment venues which fall outside of the sector scheme
  • event-related businesses  
  • travel/transport businesses, for example coaches and private hire
  • manufacturing businesses
  • cultural services including: dance venues, theatres, concert venues, museums and heritage centres, galleries, performance-led venues, performance production/exhibition, and festival production

We will consider payments for businesses which already have access to other scheme(s), as long as you can demonstrate that access to the Additional Restrictions Grant will provide financial support to ensure the ongoing viability/sustainability of the business.

Grant values

Grants will be based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the business property:

  • properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under - grant of £934
  • properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 - grant of £1,400
  • properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above - grant of £2,100

Where a Rateable Value (RV) does not apply, grants will be awarded based on the annual rental value:

  • businesses with an annual rental value of £15,000 or under - grant of £467
  • businesses with an annual rental value of £15,001 to £50,999 - grant of £700
  • businesses with an annual rental value of £51,000 and above - grant £1,050

A grant of £467 will apply where the above rateable or rental values cannot be assessed, for example for market traders or the self-employed.

Apply

As part of your claim, you'll need to submit relevant trading evidence to show that your business has been severely impacted by the restrictions.

Please take care to fully answer all of the questions on the online form, and give accurate contact details and bank information. These grants are subject to state aid and count as taxable income.

If you've read the guidance and think you're eligible for this grant, we invite you to submit a claim. We'll start processing applications from Thursday 10 December, and our expected turnaround is 14 days from this date. We are experiencing very high demand at the moment, so please do not contact us to check on the status of your application. We will contact you if we have any questions about your claim.

Full details of all government support is available on the business support page on GOV.UK.

Full details of the Local Restrictions Grants are available on GOV.UK.

For more information about the wider business support available to help your business please email invest@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Christmas Support Payment (wet-led bars and pubs)

On 1 December 2020, the government announced additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions. 'Wet-led pubs' are those which predominantly serve alcohol rather than food. Don't miss out - the deadline for applications is 31 January 2021.

Eligibility

The payment will be a one-off grant of £1,000 for each eligible business property. Businesses running multiple pubs will be entitled to a grant for each eligible property within the restriction area.

Eligible pub businesses can apply for this grant as well as existing grant support.

You'll need to provide evidence that the pub derives under 50% of its income from food sales.

For this scheme, the pub should:

  • be open to the general public
  • allow free entry (other than when occasional entertainment is provided)
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • allow drinks to be purchased at a bar

Businesses must have been trading on 30 November to be eligible to get funding through this scheme. Where local restrictions are in place which have required the business to close, the business is still classed as trading.

How to apply

If you think your business is eligible, please complete the claim form. You must be prepared to supply evidence that the pub derives under 50% of its income from food sales, and show accounts dated from before March 2020, or later if the business was established after this date.

If you have any questions, please email invest@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

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 31 March 2021. Find out more about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The next round of grants are now available through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. To make a claim, your business must have been impacted by coronavirus on or after 1 November 2020. You must claim between 30 November 2020 and 29 January 2021. Find out about eligibility and claim through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme no

Middlesbrough Council supports your business

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure

Our retail, hospitality and leisure businesses are vitally important to Middlesbrough and the UK economy. The government has announced these businesses will be supported with a 100% retail rates relief discount for the next 12 months. If the scheme applies to you, you should get a letter from us. You will also get a revised bill. This means that your business will not need to make any business rates payments during the financial year 2020/2021. Please do not pay anything in the meantime.

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.

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

Frequently asked questions

As soon as we receive information and guidance from central government we will update this web page with the relevant information to enable payments for your business to access the lockdown grants.

If you have already applied for the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) then we will automatically consider you again under Tier 4 and the most recent National lockdown. If eligible all grants will be paid in a single transaction. If we require any additional information we will contact you directly. Please do not reapply.

The flow chart will help. It depends on which sector your business operates in and whether you are legally required to close or you are open.

If you are eligible you can claim an open and a closed grant, however you do need to provide the relevant evidence and information to support your claim. The Additional Restrictions Grant is only available if you haven’t been able to claim any of the others.

All questions on the claim form must be completed and answered. Supporting evidence such as statements, payroll info, loss of income, accounts will be required to be submitted with the claim as directed. Any claims that are incorrectly completed or do not have the relevant information attached will be rejected and you will be asked for further information. This will result in a significant delay to processing your application as correspondence is dealt with in date order.

Whilst the Council distributes the grant, the money is provided by Central Government and must do this in accordance with their guidelines. Whenever the Council is distributing public funds we have to report back to central government on how we have spent public the money and provide information on the businesses we have supported. Although we appreciate this may be frustrating we aim to keep this documentation to the minimum required to complete our reporting requirements.

Yes, we appreciate it is time consuming but your claim forms acts as your declaration that you have met all the relevant criteria for that particular grant.

We will aim to process claims within 14 days of receipt. If we need further information we will email you, if the claim is accepted and paid we will not send any acknowledgement of this and would expect you to check your bank account for receipt.

If you are successful in an application that has a repeating element to it this will be processed automatically after the relevant time period so you don’t need to reclaim

Yes – please apply to the Wet Led Pub grant with the relevant evidence

Our teams are in very high demand, therefore it is really important that they concentrate on processing correctly completed submissions, this ensure funds are distributed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please follow the flow chart, have a look at the information on the web page and complete the relevant claim form. If there are any issues with the claim we will get in touch with you to discuss further and you will have a point of contact at that time.

Our investment team can direct you to the relevant support to help your business with growth, recruitment, relocation etc please email invest@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support, additional funding may be available from Central Government.

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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