Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for businesses and employers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for businesses and employers

Update 02/12/20: Gosport, along with the rest of Hampshire, has been placed under Tier 2 – High Alert local restrictions.  This status will be reviewed on 16th December. For more details see the Coronavirus section of Gosport Borough Council’s website.

Update 16/11/20: Details of how to claim/apply for the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum) and Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) for those businesses required to close by law during the national lockdown are available on the Business Rates section of Gosport Borough Council’s website

Update 02/11/20: Government increases support for self-employed across the UK. Under the third instalment of the UK-wide Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) people will receive 80% of average trading profits for November.

Government funded grants during periods of national lockdowns and local restrictions

The government has announced four national grant schemes to support businesses affected by any periods of national lockdown, or Tier 2 and Tier 3 (Local COVID alert levels ‘High’ and ‘Very High’) local restrictions:

  1. Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) for periods of local restrictions (Tier 2 and Tier 3) and Local Restriction Grant (Closed Addendum) for national lockdowns
  2. Local Restrictions Grant (Open) for periods of local restrictions (Tier 2 and Tier 3)
  3. Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) for businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions introduced in March 2020 but it is only available from 1st November 2020 and is not retrospective.
  4. Additional Restrictions Grant for periods of national lockdowns

The Government has also announced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers 2 and 3 who will miss out on much needed business during the busy Christmas period.

These grants will be administered by local authorities but during a national lockdown only the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum) and the Additional Restrictions Grant will be available.  

Details of how to claim/apply for the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum) and Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) are available on the Business Rates section of Gosport Borough Council’s website

Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum)

Update: This national lockdown grant is still available to be paid to eligible businesses.  If your business was required to close and has yet to claim the grant see https://www.gosport.gov.uk/2001.

Businesses registered as the business rates payer that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close by law for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of restrictions will be eligible for this funding.

During the current one month national lockdown period businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list on the date of the commencement of the restrictions with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Exactly £51,000 or above will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

The payment amounts are fixed and set by government. Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises within the restriction area. So some businesses may receive more than one grant. Grant income received by a business is taxable.

Specific exclusions for this grant include:

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to.
  • 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.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Local Restrictions Grant (Closed)

Update: This grant is available to eligible businesses whilst Gosport is subject to Tier 2 (High) local restrictions.  The application/claim form will be published on the Business Rates section of this website.  Therefore please check back regularly for further updates. 

During regional lockdowns where closures are required i.e. Local Covid Alert Level 2 (Tier 2) or Level 3 (Tier 3) a revised version of the scheme is implemented i.e. Local Restrictions Grant (Closed), with payments made on a pro-rata 14-day qualifying restriction period basis instead i.e. amounts of £667, £1,000 and £1,500.

A claim form will be required to be completed for audit purposes to ensure that the grant is being paid to the correct business and into the correct bank account.

Additional Restrictions Grant

Update: The details of how this scheme will be implemented locally are still being finalised but an evidence based application will be required to demonstrate how the pandemic and restrictions have had a negative impact.  Once finalised, further details of the eligibility criteria, payment amounts and how to apply for this grant will be published on the Business Rates section of this websiteTherefore please check back regularly for updates.

Businesses that are non-business rate payers and business rate payers that have either been required to close by Government during the national lockdown period, or have been severely impacted by the national lockdown period, are eligible for this grant.

The criteria and amounts are at the discretion of local authorities so that the scheme can best meet local economic need. Our scheme is still in the process of being finalised so no details are currently available but these will be published in due course. Therefore please regularly check back on this webpage.

However an evidence based application form will be required to be completed to confirm eligibility i.e. businesses will need to demonstrate how the pandemic and lockdown restrictions have negatively impacted on them.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Update: The details of how this scheme will be implemented locally are still being finalised but an evidence based application will be required to demonstrate how the pandemic and restrictions have had a negative impact.  Once finalised, further details of the eligibility criteria, payment amounts and how to apply for this grant will be published on the Business Rates section of this websiteTherefore please check back regularly for updates.

Businesses that are not legally required to close but which are severely impacted by the Local COVID Alert Level ‘High’ (Tier 2) and ‘Very High’ (Tier 3) localised restrictions on socialising put in place to manage the coronavirus e.g. hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses are eligible for this grant. 

Funding will be issued to Local Authorities in 14-day payment cycles and they will have the discretion to determine the precise eligibility criteria and payment amounts for this grant scheme.  However an evidence based application will be required from businesses.  This grant is not available during periods of national lockdown.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

Update: This national lockdown grant is still available to be paid to eligible businesses.  If your business was required to close and has yet to claim the grant see https://www.gosport.gov.uk/2003.  Eligible businesses will be paid a pro-rata grant for the period 01/11 – 04/11 and a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for the national lockdown period.

Businesses registered as the business rates payer that were required to close in March 2020 and which have never been able to re-open e.g. nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, adult entertainment venues and hostess bars are eligible for this scheme.

Those businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list on the date of the commencement of the restrictions with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Exactly £51,000 or above will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

The payment amounts are fixed and set by government. Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises within the restriction area. So some businesses may receive more than one grant. Grant income received by a business is taxable. There is no back-dating of the scheme, it began 1st November 2020.

During periods of national lockdown this scheme is superseded by the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme. As a result for the recent national lockdown eligible businesses will be paid a pro-rata Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) for the period 1st November to 4th November and then a Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) payment for the period 5th November to 2nd December.

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Crowdfunder’ Grant (£2,000 or £5,000)

The Solent LEP’s ‘Crowdfunder’ grant fund is seeking projects that can demonstrate how they will help a business cope with current challenging trading conditions. There is a maximum pledge of up to £2,000 per micro business (fewer than 10 staff) and up to £5,000 per small business (fewer than 50 staff) available, contributing up to 50% towards the total target.  For more details please see the Solent LEP website.

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Restart and Recovery & Kickstarting Tourism’ Grant Fund (£1,000 – £3,000 and up to £5,000 in exceptional circumstances)

The Restart and Recovery & Kickstarting Tourism grant fund has been created specifically to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Solent LEP area to adapt and diversify in response to the impacts of Covid-19. £375,000 has been allocated to the Solent region, with at least £157,000 ring-fenced to support the visitor economy and the remaining funds open to applications from SMEs in the wider economy. All grants must cover 100% of the cost of the product or service applied for, with no requirement for match-funding.

To be eligible for the fund, you must be an existing SME with at least one years trading history. All funds will be allocated on a competitive basis providing the strongest bids with funding and applications are encouraged from those that have not previously received COVID-19 related support.

For more details and to apply please see the Solent LEP website. The deadline for applications is 11.59 pm on Monday 23 November 2020.

Government provided business advice and support information

Please see the following links for the information and latest updates provided by the Government:

This includes specific information on:

Locally provided business advice and support

Gosport Borough Council provided information

General service related information and advice