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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
  • Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
  • Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months

Could you be eligible for a small business support grant?

The aim of this fund is to support small and micro businesses that have been:

  • Negatively affected by COVID-19
  • Haven’t already received financial assistance through other government schemes
  • Continue to have high fixed term costs related to property such as rent or mortgage payments

Find out more about the small business support grant

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Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. 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

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

Business grant funding 

We are writing to all the businesses that according to our records might qualify for a grant fund payment. 

If haven’t received your letter, then please contact us on 0300 1234 171 and we’ll be able to help.

Other help you can get

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

Information from central Government

The government website has a wealth of information for businesses including;

  • Funding and support
  • Self employment and sole traders
  • Your responsibilities as an employer
  • Managing your business during Coronavirus
  • How can you help

Coronavirus Business support


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