Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for businesses and employers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for businesses and employers

Current restrictions

For more Coronavirus related information, advice and guidance please see Gosport Borough Council’s Coronavirus and Advice for Gosport businesses webpages.

Government funded grants during periods of national lockdowns and local restrictions

Updates

  • Additional Restrictions Grant scheme
    • Application window for the Additional Restrictions Grant – Spring/Summer 2021 and ARG Recovery Grant is now closed.
    • Please check back regularly on our website and follow our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates on future funding opportunities.
    • Gosport’s Additional Restrictions Grant Spring/Summer 2021 was an extension of its existing ARG scheme offering grants from £2,400 to £18,000; and the ARG Recovery Grant a supplementary grant of £1,000 to £5,000 to assist businesses to recover, grow and add resilience.
    • The Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses (both those in premises and those that are home based) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic restrictions i.e. can evidence a decrease in turnover of at least 33% and, as per government guidance, is designed to cover unavoidable fixed costs only. It is not a subsitute for wages or loss of income.
    • Grants will have an upper limit of £3,000 and a lower limit of £400 per 28 day period of restrictions. These amounts will be pro rata for restriction periods of less than 28 days e.g. those in November and December 2020.
    • If you are asked for further supporting information or evidence after submitting an application please provide this as quickly as possible, as we will not be able to determine whether a grant is payable until after it is received. 

The Council continues to administer the government funded Coronavirus related business support grants that are available during national lockdowns and periods of local restrictions. Please see the table below for more details:

Restriction periodGrant availableWho is it for?
1 April 2021 onwardsAdditional Restrictions Grant – Spring/Summer 20201 and ARG Recovery GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers (applications closed 19 July 2021).
1 April 2021 onwardsRestart GrantBusinesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services to the general public i.e. non-essential retail plus hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym/sports related (applications closed 30 June 2021).
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)LRSG (Closed Addendum) January and Closed Businesses Lockdown PaymentAll businesses mandated to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021 for the payment periods up to 15 Feb; and closed 31 May 2021 for the payment period 16 Feb to 31 Mar).
5 Jan 2021 onwards (National Lockdown 3)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown (applications closed 30 June 2021).
19 Dec 2020 – 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)LRSG (Closed Addendum) Tier 4All businesses forced to close in Tier 4 (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
19 Dec 2020 – 4 Jan 2021 (Tier 4)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 4 restrictions (applications closed 30 June 2021).
2 – 29 Dec 2020 (Tier 2 and 4)Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led PubsWet-Led Pubs (applications closed 28 Feb 2021)
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues forced to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021)
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Closed)Businesses forced to close i.e. wet-led pubs (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)LRSG (Open)Hospitality and leisure businesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions (applications closed 31 Mar 2021)
2 – 18 Dec 2020 (Tier 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions (applications closed 30 June 2021).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)LRSG (Closed Addendum)All businesses forced to close in lockdown (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).
5 Nov to 1 Dec 2020 (National Lockdown 2)Additional Restrictions GrantBusinesses severely impacted by lockdown (applications closed 30 June 2021).
1 Nov to 4 Nov 2020 (Tier 1)LRSG (Sector)Nightclubs and other venues forced to close (applications closed 31 Mar 2021).

Details of how to claim/apply for the grants referenced above are available on the Business Rates section of Gosport Borough Council’s website.  Please check back regularly on that webpage for updates. 

To be kept informed of all the latest business related news from Gosport Borough Council e.g. council and partner led business support initiatives, business events, funding support and government information please subscribe to our Business Bulletin.

Other coronavirus related business support grants

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.

Government provided business advice and support information

Please see the following links for the information and latest updates on the business support provided by the Government, including:

Locally provided business advice and support

Gosport Borough Council provided information

General service related information and advice