Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Ribble Valley has moved into the Tier 3 coronavirus alert, meaning new restrictions are in place to stop the spread of the virus. For help: Ribble Valley Community Hub (01200 414597).

Coronavirus Information

Business and Charity Support

We know this is a very worrying time for businesses and their employees and we recognise the sacrifices and changes people must make in the current emergency.

However, there will be an end to coronavirus so it's important that, once we get through this period our businesses are in the best possible position to move forward.

We welcome the various government announcements of support for businesses.

If your business is struggling to pay your business rates we want you to get in touch with us as quickly as possible. We are here to listen to your individual circumstances and will consider alternative payment arrangements. Please contact us at ctax@ribblevalley.gov.uk providing us with as much information as possible regarding your circumstances.

We are committed to keep you updated with all the latest information through our website and social media channels.

In response to the Coronavirus, the Government have announced various support measures for businesses.

For more information please visit the government's website - COVID-19: Support for Businesses

Local Restriction Support Grants

Updated 23 October 2020

Ribble Valley has moved into the Tier 3 ‘very high’ coronavirus alert level, along with the rest of Lancashire. This means there is now significant additional restrictions on people and businesses across the county.

We are still awaiting detailed guidance from the Government regarding the assistance will be made available for businesses in Tier 3 areas.

To date the Government have indicated that Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) will aim to support businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by Government.

We are awaiting further details about the scheme, but the Government has said:

  • Businesses legally required to close due to a nationally-imposed local lockdown will receive up to £3,000 per four weeks of closure and are eligible for payment after two weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive grants of £667 per two weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive grants of £1,000 per two weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £1,500 per two weeks of closure

This website will be updated once further details about the scheme and the application process are available.

Previous Business Support Grants

These grant schemes closed on 28 August 2020

Small Business and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants

Through the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, Ribble Valley Borough Council were able to support 1,544 businesses in the Ribble Valley with grants totalling £17.26m.

These grants have been vital to our local economy – helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other companies.

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Government allocated an additional £867,750 to help us deliver the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund to help those businesses who have been affected by the pandemic but were outside the scope of the existing Small Business Grants scheme and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme.

Through the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, Ribble Valley Borough Council were able to support an additional 135 businesses in Ribble Valley.

Expanded Business Rates 100% Discount 2020-21 for Retail, Leisure and Hospitality ratepayers.

The Government have announced a 100% Business Rates Discount for 2020-21 for certain ratepayers in the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors. Detailed guidance can be found at Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21.

Those ratepayers who already receive a Retail Discount do not need to do anything as a revised bill will be issued to you.

If you are not currently in receipt of the Retail Discount and believe your business meets the criteria set out in the guidance please email ctax@ribblevalley.gov.uk.

Nursery Discount 2020/21

This relief applies to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief. Detailed guidance can be found at Nursery Discount 2020/21 Coronavirus Response.

Ratepayers do not need to take any action as the relief will be automatically granted where possible and a revised bill issued.

For more information please contact ctax@ribblevalley.gov.uk or 01200 414450.

Charities and Community Groups

Locality is providing information on funding available to charities and community groups. For more information see https://locality.org.uk/services-tools/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support/covid-19-funding/

As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak the Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline. For more information see https://lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/lancashire-covid-19-community-support-fund

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if your business:

  • is based in the UK
  • has been negatively affected by coronavirus

Who cannot apply

The following businesses are not eligible to apply:

  • banks, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
  • public-sector bodies
  • state-funded primary and secondary schools

If you’re already claiming funding

You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under CBILS and would like to transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan scheme, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020.

How to apply

  • The full rules of the scheme and guidance on how to apply is available on the British Business Bank website.

Social distancing posters/notices

Download posters for businesses who can remain open to use on their premises to help enforce social distancing: Download Covid-19 Social Distancing Posters.

Health and Safety Advice

 

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