Business support

New lockdown grants coming soon

We are awaiting details of the grants of up to £9,000 for businesses forced to close by the lockdown that were announced on 5 January 2021 and will update the website and send a bulletin to businesses when more information is available.

Local restrictions support grant (LRSG)

If your business has been affected by the local restrictions imposed by government, then you may be entitled to the local restrictions support grant.

Additional restrictions grant

The additional restrictions grant is aimed at businesses that are not eligible for a local restrictions support grant.

This additional fund is aimed at businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs.

Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs - from 2 December to 29 December 2020

Grants are available to pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from food sales and meet the scheme criteria.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus

The government has put together a range of support for businesses which are collated on the GOV.UK website.

Support is available for:

Non-essential retail

While non-essential retail shops must close to the public, they can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

If you don’t already have an online store for your business, free advice and step-by-step store builders are available, including:

These businesses are not endorsed by the council.

Once you’ve sorted out your online store, delivery and click-and-collect must be organised in a COVID-secure way. You may need to look at specific guidance for vehicles and other areas if you are changing your business model.

If the schemes above don't apply to you

The schemes currently announced by the government will not apply to every business and every employee.

If you do not qualify, you may wish to consider applying for Universal Credit. Please visit our Universal Credit page for more information.

Support from Enterprise M3 LEP Growth Hub

The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub has a dedicated page to provide the latest government advice and you can also contact their Growth Hub advisers on 01483 478098.

Additional support and advice are available from the National Business Support Helpline on 0800 998 1098. More information is available on the Enterprise M3 website.

Look after yourself

These are very stressful times for business owners, employees and those out of work. Please visit our mental health support page for links to organisations that may be able to help you.

General enquiries

If you would like further information on the schemes detailed above or are looking for other business support, you can contact the Economic Development team by email at