Covid-19 advice for businesses

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Support for Businesses from 1 April 2021

From 1 April 2021, West Northamptonshire Council is providing the following support to businesses as lockdown restrictions ease:

  1. Restart grants
  2. Additional Restrictions grants
  3. Local Restrictions Grant (2nd Payment cycle)
  4. Contact Us

1. Restart Grants

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of one-off grant funding scheme from 1 April 2021 to provide support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.

General Eligibility

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only.

Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

Businesses must be involved in one of the following activities:

  • Non-Essential Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Gym & Sports
  • Personal Care

Further details on which business are included and excluded in each of the above can be found here.

Further exclusions to all grant eligibility

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding (a potential total allowance of £10,935,000 taking into account all grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grants schemes). Further information on subsidy allowance is available here.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

How much will you receive?

Strand 1 of the Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

Strand 2 of the Restart Grant will support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000

If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality in the higher funding threshold, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business.

Applications for the Restart Grant are now closed.

 

2. Additional Restrictions Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (April)

From the 1st of April 2021 all remaining Additional Restriction Grant funding held by the 3 predecessor Councils will be transferred to West Northamptonshire Council – these being Northampton Borough Council, South Northamptonshire Council and Daventry District Council.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Businesses must have a registered address in the West Northamptonshire District to be eligible for this scheme. The business will need to be trading within the West Northamptonshire District.Where a business is registered in another council area (although has a presence in the West Northamptonshire Council area) the council will take a discretionary view on a case-by-case basis
  • Businesses must be actively trading or be taking measures to re-open from the 1st April onwards.
  • Businesses which have been forced to close and which are outside of the business rate system, for example shared spaces and market traders, are eligible to apply under this scheme.
  • Business owners who operate their business from home but have fixed business-related costs are also eligible to apply.
  • Businesses while not legally forced to close but which provide goods or services to a business that is mandated to close are eligible to apply for a grant. This could include, for example, businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or businesses in the events sector. A statement will be required from the company showing that:
  • at least 30% of their revenue comes from businesses required to close, or
  • 30% of normally expected revenue has been lost during the period.

Exclusions

  • Businesses which can continue to trade and can operate their services remotely.
  • Businesses which have chosen to close but are not required to close unless they can demonstrate significant financial impact as a result of restrictions
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of Subsidy Allowance permitted.
  • Business which are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this discretionary scheme.

Grant payments

The table shows the payment amounts for the period from the 1st of April 2021 onwards:

Forced to Close or severely impacted businesses that are Non-ratepayers such as shared space or market traders (outside of the business rates listing).

£2,667

Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under that derive more than 50% of their income from Non-Essential Retail.

£2,667

Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of over £15k and less than £51k that derive more than 50% of their income from Non-Essential Retail

£4,000

Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £51k and over that derive more than 50% of their income from Non-Essential Retail

£6,000

Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under that derive more than 50% of their income from Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care or Gym service sectors.

£8,000

Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of over £15k and less than £51k that derive more than 50% of their income from Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care or Gym service sectors.

£12,000

Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £51k and over that derive more than 50% of their income from Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care or Gym service sectors.

£18,000

In taking decisions on the appropriate level of grant, the Council may take into account the level of fixed costs faced by the business in question, the number of employees, whether they can continue to trade and the scale of the loss/impact of covid-19. 

Evidence required to support an application

Closed businesses applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirms their eligibility and in addition to this business that are required to close will need to provide evidence of their trading status in the form of a bank statement showing business name, registered address and income details for the last three months.

Open businesses applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirm eligibility. In addition, the businesses will need to provide evidence to demonstrate that they supply companies which are required to close or that there has been a substantial impact on their income. This will be in the form of a bank statement showing business name, registered address and income details for the last three months along with comparative bank statements covering the same period for the financial year 2019/2020 (pre Covid 19).

Evidence

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Payment details

Copy of bank statement clearly showing bank account name, business address, sort code and account number and a utility bill clearly showing your business address

This must match the name of the business or individual listed on the business rates bill or lease/mortgage agreement

Evidence of a significant fall in income due to Covid-19 including evidence to demonstrate that you supply companies that are required to close 

You will need to provide evidence of reduced income. This may include (but is not restricted to):

  • Bank statements
  • Evidence of loss of income such as loss of contract
  • Evidence of loss of income due closure of companies you supply in the form of bank statements, invoices

It is at the businesses discretion what form this evidence takes but it must clearly show the turnover of the businesses for these periods

Evidence of trading from the 1st April 2021 onwards

Where you have a business rates account this will be enough as the date liable will be used.  For businesses that are not rated you will need to provide evidence.

This could be in the form of stock orders, sales, lease agreements etc.

Evidence of eligibility under State aid rules

This will be done by way of self-declaration on the online application form

If you are unsure whether State aid applies to your business, you will need to seek independent legal advice.

To Apply

 

Applications for the AR Grant are now closed.

3. Local Restrictions Grant (2nd payment cycle)

Grant funding remains available until 31 May 2021 for businesses required to close during the National Lockdown from 5 January. Applications are being accepted from new applicants for the 2nd payment cycle (16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021). Businesses who have already received a payment for this period should not re-apply.

This funding is available for businesses that have had to close and receive a rates bill.

The rate of payment for businesses will be:

Period 2 (February 16 to March 31, 44 days)

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under: £2,096
  • Properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000: £3,143
  • Properties with a rateable value or £51,000 or over: £ 4,714

To apply for this grant click on the relevant link below:

Businesses in the former area of Northampton BC:

Northampton BC Grant Approval Portal

Businesses in the former area of Daventry DC:

Daventry DC Grant Approval Portal

Businesses in the former area of South Northants DC

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