Business support

This page was last updated on Friday 27 November 2020.

East Hampshire will be in coronavirus tier 2 - high alert

The current national restrictions are still in place until 2 December and must be followed until they expire.

The government has announced local restriction tiers that will come into effect when the current national restrictions end. East Hampshire will be in coronavirus tier 2 - high alert.

Local restrictions support grant

Grants are available to businesses forced to close as a result of the national restrictions.

Businesses that would have closed but have chosen to change their business to provide takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services will be counted as closed.

Find out more and apply on our webpage.

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.

The council has ringfenced £500,000 of funding to support businesses from central government for the 28-day period 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Find out more and apply on our webpage.

Coronavirus job retention scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is available to employers during the new restrictions that began on 5 November.

Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month.

The flexibility of the current CJRS has been retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November.

The Job Support Scheme (previously announced by the government) will not be introduced until after the CJRS ends.

Other 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 from 5 November, 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 business@easthants.gov.uk.