Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Support for businesses

Small business support grant

Applications to the fund are now closed.

We have contacted all businesses that submitted an application to let them know the outcome.

Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

Use the .gov support finder tool

Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

You’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant from 17 August 2020. If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

Find out if you can claim

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Open your business safely

Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

Use this guidance to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.

Guidance on how to open safely

Business rates & rate relief

You can find out about;

  • rate relief and support
  • grants for businesses
  • expanded Retail Discount 2020/21
  • nursery schools relief
  • discretionary grant funding

Business Rates information page


Please note, during the Covid-19 pandemic, our processes have substantially altered for many of our licensing functions – please email for details.

Building control

Please be aware that we are working hard to keep the planning and building control service operating effectively in the face of unprecedented challenges.  Building Regulation checks are continuing on a priority basis and following strict protocols. We are considering alternative ways of working to protect our staff and our residents.  Our staff are working from home wherever possible to enable the business to continue.  We have changed our procedures for Planning Committees, planning site notices, availability of information by hard copy and office availability.  Please bear with us at this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding.  For more information on Temporary arrangements for Site Inspection Notifications please see our latest news page or for more general advice Covid-19 impact on planning processes