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 email@example.com 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 support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
For more information please visit the government's website - COVID-19: Support for Businesses
Small Business and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants
We are pleased that the Government announced grant support for eligible Small Businesses and also eligible businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors. The detailed guidance for these grants can be found on the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance.
If you feel your business meets the criteria set out in the guidance please complete the Business Rates Coronavirus Grant form. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Ribble Valley Borough Council, Business Rates Section, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe. BB7 2RA
Please ensure that the form is fully completed as otherwise this could delay payment.
For more information see Business Support Grant FAQs.
Discretionary Grants Fund
You may be aware the Government have published guidance regarding a new Discretionary Grants Fund for Businesses.
Please note we are not able to take calls or answer queries regarding the new fund until we have considered the guidance, assessed the limited funding available and devised our scheme. We will provide further information, including how to apply in due course. Please bear with us.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
- GOV.UK - working safely during coronavirus COVID-19
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Coronavirus latest information and advice