Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The national lockdown continued to ease on April 12, but many restrictions remain in place. Further details: gov.uk. Help and advice: 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 businessrates@ribblevalley.gov.ukproviding 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

Restart Grants and Local Restrictions Support Grants

Latest update

09/04/21

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Grants are available from April 2021.

Eligible businesses will be paid:

  • a one-off grant of up to £6,000 in the non-essential retail sector
  • a one-off grant of up to £18,000 in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is:

  • registered for Business Rates
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • trading on 1 April 2021

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

You must notify Ribble Valley Borough Council if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.

Further information Form & Payment

We are currently in the process of identifying those businesses that have already received payment of a Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses since November 2020 from us and are potentially eligible for a Restart Grant.

We originally intended to pay these grants automatically, however we have been informed by the Government we must collect further information about each business before the Restart Grant can be paid. 

If you have already applied and been paid a Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses from November 2020, you will receive an email from us around the 12th April 2021. Please use the link in the email which will take you to our online form for you to supply the information needed. You are required to answer all the questions on the form. It is important you complete this as soon as you can so that your payment is not delayed.

For applicants you have not applied for and received a Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses since November 2020 who may be eligible for a Restart Grant an online application process will open in due course.

Grants Available

Restart Grants

What the Restart Grant is

The Restart Grant is a one-off grant for businesses who have a rateable value and offer in-person services in the eligible sectors.

Eligibility

There are 2 strands to the Restart Grant. Strand one is for non-essential retail. Strand two covers hospitality, leisure, accommodation and personal care.

Strand One Eligibility

Strand One of the Restart Grant is open to non-essential retail premises. The types of business that are eligible are:

Non-essential retail:

  • Antiques stores
  • Auction rooms
  • Betting offices
  • Bookshops
  • Car and caravan sales, display and hiring sites
  • Car auctions
  • Car showrooms
  • Car supermarkets
  • Car washes (standalone)
  • Carpet stores
  • Charity shops
  • Clothes shops
  • Department stores
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Florists
  • Furniture shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Markets
  • Plant nurseries
  • Sale kiosks
  • Sales offices
  • Showrooms, such as kitchen, bathrooms, tile and glazing
  • Sofa shops
  • Tobacco and vape shops
  • Travel agents

The following businesses are not eligible in strand one:

  • Agricultural supply shops
  • Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • Automatic car washes
  • Banks
  • Bicycle shops
  • Breweries
  • Building merchants
  • Building societies and other financial providers
  • Chemists
  • Convenience stores
  • Corner shops
  • Education providers, including tutoring services
  • Employment agencies and businesses
  • Food retailers, including food markets
  • Funeral directors
  • Garden centres
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical practices
  • Mobility shops
  • Newsagents
  • Off-licences
  • Office buildings
  • Pet shops
  • Petrol stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Post offices
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Supermarkets
  • Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Vehicle repair and MOT services
  • Veterinary surgeries
  • Wholesalers
Strand Two Eligibility

Strand Two of the Restart Grant is open to hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym premises. The types of business that are eligible include:

  • Hospitality: cafes, food courts, public houses, pub restaurants, restaurants, roadside restaurants and wine bars.
  • Leisure: amusement arcades, including adult gaming centres, bingo halls, bowling alleys, cinemas, clubs and institutions, exhibition centres, go kart rinks, museums, art galleries, public halls, soft play centres, theatres, village halls, scout huts and wedding venues.
  • Accommodation: bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, guest and boarding houses, holiday apartments and cottages, holiday homes and hotels.
  • Personal care: beauticians, aesthetics and other non-surgical treatment, dance schools and studios, golf courses, including driving ranges, gyms and fitness suites, hairdressing and beauty salons, including barbers, holistic therapy, nail salons, spas, saunas and steam rooms, sport and leisure centres, sports, squash and tennis courts, swimming pools, tanning salons, tattoo and piercing studios and water sport centres.

Businesses that are not eligible in strand two include:

  • Accommodation: education accommodation, residential and care homes, private dwellings
  • Gym and sports: home gyms, home exercise studios (commercial gyms are eligible) 
  • Hospitality: food kiosks and businesses whose main business is a takeaway
  • Leisure: all retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators
  • Personal care: businesses that only provide personal care goods rather than services, businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others, businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services that incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.

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

For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions.

To help further, some trading indicators are included below that can help assess what can be defined as trading for the purposes of the grant schemes. Indicators that a business is trading are:

  • The business has staff on furlough
  • The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
  • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
  • The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures

Businesses that do not have a business rate account will not be eligible to receive a restart grant.

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

What you'll get

The grant you will receive depends on the rateable value of your business premises.

Rateable value of your business premises

Strand One: non-essential retail​

​Strand Two: hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gyms

​£15,000 or below

​£2,667

£8,000​

​£15,001–£50,999

​£4,000

​£12,000

​£51,000 or over

​£6,000

​£18,000

How to apply

We are currently in the process of identifying those businesses that have already received payment of a Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses since November 2020 from us and are potentially eligible for a Restart Grant.

We originally intended to pay these grants automatically, however we have been informed by the Government we must collect further information about each business before the Restart Grant can be paid.

If you have already applied and been paid a Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses from 16 February to 31 March 2021, you will receive an email from us around the 12th April 2021. Please use the link in the email which will take you to our online form for you to supply the information needed. You are required to answer all the questions on the form. It is important you complete this as soon as you can so that your payment is not delayed.

For applicants you have not applied for and received the Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses for the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 who may be eligible for a Restart Grant an online application process will open in due course on this webpage.

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (closed businesses)

Please note there are Closed Business Grants for the following periods:

Business Grants

Closing Date for Applications

Due to Tier 3 restrictions 17 October - 4 November 2020

31 March 2021

In the National lockdown 4 November - 2 December 2020

31 March 2021

Due to the Tier 3 restrictions 2 December - 30 December 2020

31 March 2021

Due to the Tier 4 restrictions 31 December 2020 - 4 January 2021

31 March 2021

In the National Lockdown 5 January 2021 - 15 February 2021

31 March 2021

In the National Lockdown 16 February 2021 - 31 March 2021

31 May 2021

Eligibility criteria

The Government has announced funding to help support businesses that are required to close due to the restrictions being put in place.

In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the LRSG (closed businesses) scheme, a business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Ribble Valley Borough Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list.
  • Must have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than two weeks as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - Tier 3 (17 October - 4 November 2020) - applications for this period closed on 31 March 2021

From 17 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, the following business categories were legally  required to close under Tier 3 restrictions:

  • pubs and bars (unless they serve substantial meals)
  • soft play areas
  • adult gaming centres
  • betting shops
  • bingo halls
  • car boot sales

This grant will only apply to businesses that were open as usual before the Tier 3 restrictions and paying business rates for the premises as at 16 October 2020.

The first qualifying period is 17 October 2020 to 30 October 2020 (inclusive). The second qualifying period is 31 October 2020 to 4 November 2020 (inclusive). Businesses must be closed for the entire period to be eligible for the grant for that qualifying period.

Grant payment amounts

Rateable Value £

Grant payable per two-week qualifying restriction period

(17 October 2020 to 30 October 2020 inclusive)

Grant payable per 5-day qualifying restriction period

(31 October 2020 to 4 November inclusive)

Less than or equal to £15,000

£667

£238

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,000

£357

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,500

£536

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - National lockdown restrictions (4 November - 2 December 2020) - applications for this period closed on 31 March 2021

From 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, under national lockdown measures, the following business types were legally required to close and will be able to apply for a grant:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services. 
  • Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
  • Leisure and sports facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges. 
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.
  • Entertainment venues, such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. 
  • Personal care facilities, such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services. 
  • Community centres and halls.

Further information of businesses required to close is on the Covid-19 pages of the .Gov.uk website.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable

Less than or equal to £15,000

£1,334 for 4 weeks

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£2,000 for 4 weeks

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£3,000 for 4 weeks

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - Tier 3 (2 December 2020 – 30 December 2020) - applications for this period closed on 31 March 2021

From 2 December – 30 December certain businesses were legally required to close.

Further information of businesses required to close is available on the Covid-19 pages of the Gov.uk website.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable

Less than or equal to £15,000

£667 for each 2 week period*

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,000 for each 2 week period*

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,500 for each 2 week period*

*Grants for 30 December will be paid prorate to 14 day amount.

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid.

By submitting an application below we will automatically consider your eligibility for all the Closed Business Grants.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - Tier 4 (31 December 2020 - 4 January 2021) - applications for this period closed on 31 March 2021

From 31 December to 4 January 2021 certain businesses are legally required to close.

Further information of the businesses which were required to close is available on the Covid-19 pages of the Gov.uk website. Businesses must have been open as usual prior to local restrictions to be eligible.

You will need to show that your business:

  • is based in England
  • occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable

Less than or equal to £15,000

£238 for each 5 day period

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£357 for each 5 day period

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£536 for each 5 day period

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if:

  • you can continue to operate during the period of restrictions because you do not depend on providing direct in-person services from your premises (for example, accountants)
  • you have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of local restrictions
  • your businesses has been subject to national closures, since 23 March 2020, such as nightclubs (these are eligible for other grant support)
  • your business is in administration, insolvent, subject to a striking-off notice or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • you have exceeded the permitted state aid threshold Read more about State Aid.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - National lockdown restrictions (5 January 2021 - 31 March 2021) - applications for the period 5 January 2021 - 15 February 2021 closed on 31 March 2021, applications for the period 16 February 2021 - 31 March 2021 close on the 31 May 2021

From 5 January 2021, under national lockdown measures, the following business types are legally required to close and will be able to apply for a grant:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
  • Leisure and sports facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.
  • Entertainment venues, such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks.
  • Personal care facilities, such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services.
  • Community centres and halls.

If a business is required to close its main, in-person service but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive grants under this scheme because its substantive business must close.

Further information of businesses required to close is on the Covid-19 pages of the .Gov.uk website.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 January 2021), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £ Grant payable for 42-day period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 Grant payable for 44-day period from 16 February to 31 March 2021
Less than or equal to £15,000

£2,001

£2,096

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £3,000 £3,143
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £4,500 £4,714

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid

Closed Business Lockdown Payment (applications close on 30 April 2021)

The Government have also announced a one-off top-up payment for eligible businesses (known as the Closed Business Lockdown Payment)

Rateable Value £ Grant payable
Less than or equal to £15,000  £4,000
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £6,000
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £9,000


By submitting an application below we will automatically consider your eligibility for all the Closed Business Grants. Where applications are successful Closed Business Grants will automatically be paid going forward while the Closed schemes still apply. Therefore you will not need to reapply.However you must notify us if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria for example if you become insolvent.

Apply for a Closed Business Grant

Apply for Closed Business Grant
Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (open businesses)

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a Local Restrictions (Open) grant, a business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Ribble Valley Borough Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list.
  • Must have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, for the period Ribble Valley was under
    • Tier 2 restrictions
    • for the period of both Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions
    • Tier 3 restrictions from 2 December to 30 December 2020
  • Have been forced to close due to local lockdown restrictions or due to national lockdown restrictions.
  • Be in the following business categories - Hospitality, Leisure, and Accommodation.

Grant payment amounts

Payments will be made based on the following levels, pro-rated for the relevant period of eligibility:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable

Less than or equal to £15,000

£467 for each 14 day qualifying period

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£700 for each 14 day qualifying period

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1050 for each 14 day qualifying period

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid 

How to apply

You do not need to apply separately for a Local Restrictions (Open) Grant. We will automatically determine if your business is eligible for this support when processing any claim for Local Restrictions Grant for Closed Businesses.

Please note if your business has remained open and not had to close due to the local Tier 3 or the national lockdown restrictions or the Tier 4 local restrictions and operates particularly in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors you may be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant..

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Government recognised that some businesses that are required to close may not have rateable commercial premises (and therefore won’t be covered by the LRSG scheme), and others won’t have been forced to close, but they will be severely impacted due to Local and/or National Lockdown restrictions. As such Local Authorities have been allocated Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which will cover businesses that fall into these categories.

This grants scheme is funded by a grant allocation we have received from Central Government and the funds will be administered by the Council in accordance with the guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Timeline

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant Period 1 and Period 2 will need to be submitted using the online application form by 31 January 2021.

Applications for Period 3 and Period 4 Grants will remain open whilst Ribble Valley remains under local/national restrictions and there is also funding available from the Government.

There are 4 qualifying periods;

  • Period 1 Grants - 44 days in total from 22 September 2020 to 4 November ie the Period that Ribble Valley was in the Tier 2 followed by the Tier 3 Local restrictions.
  • Period 2 Grants - 28 days from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 ie the Period of National Lockdown restrictions.
  • Period 3 Grants - from 2 December 2020 until 4 January 2021
  • Period 4 Grants - from 5 January onwards

Businesses may qualify for more than one Period of funding depending on them meeting the eligibility criteria below

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Period 1 Grants
  1. Ribble Valley businesses which are on the rating list and
    • Supply goods or services to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors but not been legally required to close (and therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) and
    • Were severely impacted by the Tier 2 (22 September - 16 October) / Tier 3 (17 October - 4 November) restrictions.

OR

  1. Ribble Valley Bed and Breakfast businesses which are not on the rating list but registered for Council Tax and which were severely impacted* by the Tier 2 (22 September - 16 October) / Tier 3 (17 October - 4 November) restrictions.

To be eligible for Period 2 Grants:

  • Ribble Valley businesses which are not on the rating list (and are therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) that occupy premises (with fixed property costs**) and have been legally required to close due the National Lockdown restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020,

OR

  • Ribble Valley businesses, with or without rateable premises, which are severely impacted* by business closures caused by the National Lockdown Restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 but which may not be required to close themselves. These businesses will include those that provide products and services to closed businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector.

To be eligible for Period 3 Grants:

  • Ribble Valley businesses which are on the rating list and
    • Supply goods or services to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors but not been legally required to close (and therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) and
    • Were severely impacted by the Tier 3/Tier 4 restrictions from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021,

OR

  • Ribble Valley Bed and Breakfast businesses which are not on the rating list but registered for Council Tax and which were severely impacted* by the Tier 3/Tier 4 restrictions from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.

To be eligible for Period 4 Grants

  • Ribble Valley businesses which are not on the rating list (and are therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) that occupy premises (with fixed property costs**) and have been legally required to close due the National Lockdown restrictions from 5 January 2021,

    •  OR
  • Ribble Valley businesses, with or without rateable premises, which are severely impacted* by business closures caused by the National Lockdown Restrictions from 5 January 2021 but which may not be required to close themselves. These businesses will include those that provide products and services to closed businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector.

Successful applicants who prevously received an Additional Restrictions Support Grant will automatically be paid for period 3/4 grants and therefore do not need to reapply.

* Severely Impacted – A statement will be required from the company showing that at least 50% of their revenue comes from businesses required to close within the defined sectors, and that this will have an impact on their income of at least 30%.

** Fixed Costs – any costs relating to the operation of the business that cannot be cancelled during this period. These could include property costs such as rent for non-rateable commercial premises, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs.

Exclusions to the Additional Restrictions Grant

  1. Businesses whose main business is outside the Ribble Valley.
  2. Businesses that are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grants
  3. Businesses that are able to continue to trade and have suffered a drop in income of less than 30%
  4. Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant, unless they can demonstrate Severe Impact** through cancelled orders for products and services to closed businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure or events sectors.
  5. Where a number of businesses share premises with a common ownership, then if approved only one grant (LRSG or ARG) will be awarded.
  6. Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  7. The ARG scheme is not intended to act as a wage support measure for individuals/self-employed.
  8. For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Grant Levels

Grants will be awarded on the following basis:

Period 1

Rateable Value

28 Days

22 September 2020 to 19 October 2020

16 Days

20 October 2020 to 4 November 2020

Less than or equal to £15,000

£934

£534

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,400

£800

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£2,100

£1,200

For businesses not required to close

Period 2

28 Days National Lockdown Restrictions Applied

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below)

5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

No rateable value and low fixed costs

£500

Less than or equal to £15,000

£934

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,400

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£2,100

For businesses legally required to close

Period 2

28 Days National Lockdown Restrictions Applied

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below

5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

No rateable value and low fixed costs

£500

Less than or equal to £15,000

£1,334

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£2,000

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£3,000

For businesses not legally required to close

Period 3

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below)

Each 14 day period Tier 3 local restrictions applied from 2 December - 30 December 2020

Less than or equal to £15,000

£467

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£700

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,050

For businesses legally required to close

Period 3

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below)

Each 14 day period Tier 3 local restrictions applied from 2 December - 30 December 2020

Less than or equal to £15,000

£667

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,000

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,500

Payment will be made pro rata for the 30 December 2020.

For businesses not legally required to close Period 3
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) The 5 day period Tier 4 local restrictions applied from 31 December 2020 – 4 January 2021
Less than or eqal to £15,000 £167
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £250
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £375
For businesses legally required to close Period 3
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) The 5 day period Tier 4 local restrictions applied from 31 December 2020 – 4 January 2021
No Rateable Value £89
Less than or equal to £15,000 £238
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £357
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £535
For businesses not legally required to close Period 4
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) 42 day period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 when National Lockdown restrictions apply 44 day period from 16 February to 31 March 2021 when National Lockdown restrictions apply
No Rateable Value £750 £750
Less than or equal to £15,000 £1,401 £1,468
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £2,100 £2,200
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £3,150 £3,300
For businesses legally required to close Period 4
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) 42 day period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 when National Lockdown restrictions apply 44 day period from 16 February to 31 March 2021 when National Lockdown restrictions apply
No Rateable Value £750 £750
Less than or equal to £15,000 £2,001 £2,096
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £3,000 £3,143
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £4,500 £4,714

For Period 2 and 4 (i.e during National Lockdown Restrictions) where a property does not have a rateable value or is part of a larger rateable value, rents paid and the size of the business will be used to provide a professional judgement by officers on the level of grant that should be applied. For most businesses without a rateable value it is likely the maximum award will be £500.

Evidence

Closed businesses applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirms their eligibility. The council places responsibility on the applicant to agree that their statement is correct to the best of their knowledge. In addition, businesses that are required to close will need to provide evidence of their trading status. This will be in the form of a bank statement (showing business/applicant’s name, registered address with income within the last 3 months).

Open businesses that are applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirms their eligibility. The council places responsibility on the applicant to agree that their statement is correct to the best of their knowledge. In addition, businesses that are not required to close will need to provide evidence to demonstrate they supply companies that are required to close and an impact on income. This will be in the form of a bank statement (showing the business name or applicant’s name, registered address with income within the last 3 months) and an invoice (showing the business name, client name and registered address dated within the last 3 months).

General Conditions

  1. Any canvassing of officers or members would result in an application being refused.
  2. The business will need to be trading*** within the Ribble Valley.
  3. The business must have been actively trading on and before the day the restrictions commenced.
  4. A business that has more than one property will be eligible to submit an application for each actively trading property.
  5. Additional Restrictions Grants will be paid subject to State Aid regulations, meaning the business needs to check that they comply with State Aid rules and inform the Local Authority accordingly prior to payment being made. If State Aid rules are breached the responsibility lies with the applicant and, in line with the legislations, the Council can take action to recover the funding.
  6. We reserve the right to close the scheme at short notice – potential applicants should apply without delay
  7. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome of an application by email. There is no right to appeal a decision
  8. Payment will be made by BACS into the business bank account using the information provided in the application form.
  9. Dependent on demand, we reserve the right to amend the level of grants as necessary. We also reserve the right to change the qualifying criteria at short notice if it feels it is appropriate to do so, reflecting changing circumstances and demand on funds.

***Trading – a business that even if not registered within the borough on Companies House, has a presence in the area and is clearly trading from an address within the borough.

Managing the risk of fraud

Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any issued funding will be subject to claw back, as may grants paid in error.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any exclusions to the schemes?

The following exclusions apply:

  • Business properties which are empty are excluded from this scheme.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the restrictions, as defined by Government, are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for this grant.

In cases where it was factually clear to us that on the local lockdown date that the non-domestic rating list was inaccurate on that date, we may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on our view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Ribble Valley Council. 

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of localised restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, are to be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the local lockdown date.

When will my grant be paid?

We aim to make payment to eligible businesses as soon as possible after processing your application form.

We apologise if your grant request is taking longer to consider. This may be because we need to carry out further checks before a payment can be made. Please remain patient, a member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you.

Will you contact me when you send me a grant payment?

Yes. If you are an eligible business, once your payment has been processed we will send you an email notification. This will explain the period your grant relates to and also remind you of the need to inform us immediately if you are no longer eligible for the grant.

How will the grant be paid to me?

Payments are being made by BACS payment. These can take between 3-5 days to reach bank accounts from the date of processing.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Can I check the progress of my request?

We ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your request or payment. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

My business hasn't been forced to close, but is still adversely affected. Are other grants available?

As a result of the additional Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, funding has been allocated to Ribble Valley Borough Council to support local economies and businesses that have been adversely impacted. These are primarily businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation Sectors or businesses which mainly supply to these sectors or the Events sector which have been severely impacted.

This grant scheme is known as the Additional Restrcitions Grant scheme (ARG).

Please read the full details regarding this grant scheme above before applying.

Please note the ARG scheme is not intended to act as a wage support measure for individuals/self employed.

Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?

No. There is no appeal procedure. The Council's decision is final.

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 Retail Discount

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic the Government introduced a 100% Business Rates discount, for 2020/21, for hereditaments that met the criteria for the expanded retail discount. At Budget 2021, the Government announced an extension of the 100% discount for 3 months until 30 June 2021 for eligible businesses. A further 66% discount will apply for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 for eligible businesses subject to a cap of £2 million for businesses that were required to close on 5 January 2021 and £105,000 for other eligible businesses. This discount will be applied to the bill after the application of any reliefs, excluding any local discounts. Ratepayers do not need to take any action as the relief will be automatically granted where possible.

If you have not been awarded this relief and believe that you are eligible please email businessrates@ribblevalley.gov.uk detailing why you believe that you meet the criteria.

Detailed guidance relating to this discount and the cap can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-rates-expanded-retail-discount-2021-to-2022-local-authority-guidance/business-rates-expanded-retail-discount-2021-to-2022-local-authority-guidance.

Nursery Discount

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic the Government introduced a 100% Business Rates discount, for 2020/21, for hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register that are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage. At the 2021 budget the Chancellor announced that he would extend this 100% discount for a further 3 months to 30 June 2021. A further 66% discount will apply for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 for eligible businesses up to a cap of £105,000 per business i.e. no business can in any circumstances exceed the £105,000 cap across all their hereditaments. This means that businesses that have more than one premises will only be able to receive a total of £105,000 for all of them combined. Ratepayers do not need to take any action as the relief will be automatically granted where possible.

If you have not been awarded this relief and believe that you are eligible please email businessrates@ribblevalley.gov.uk detailing why you believe that you meet the criteria.

Detailed guidance relating to this discount and the cap can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-rates-nursery-childcare-discount-2021-to-2022-local-authority-guidance.

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

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 Pub Posters.

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