COVID-19: Advice for businesses

Advice on keeping the workplace safe and operating under revised safety measures

Open for business

The government has published the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021', which sets out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

If your business requires advice or assistance to reopen safely, when allowed to do so, please get in touch via our survey or email:

Restart Grants - Available from 1 April 2021

The government announced in the budget on 3rd March 2021 that it would be introducing restart grant, details of which can be found here. The Council is pleased to confirm that details of the scheme have now been finalised by government and this page has been produced to explain to local businesses what grants are available and what action they need to take to obtain a grant.

View full information about the Restart Grants and how to apply

Coronavirus Business Grants

There are a number of grants available to support businesses that have had to close, or have been significantly impacted, by coronavirus restrictions. 

Update 26/03/21

The Council wishes to advise that it has made some revisions to existing grant schemes following a review undertaken earlier this week. The changes are now reflected in the web pages relating to each scheme and are set out below for reference:

(i) Self-Employment Support Grant - this scheme has re-opened for applications and will remain open for the foreseeable future. The eligibility criteria is unchanged. The grant payable to successful applicants is now set at £4,500.

(ii) Supplementary Winter Lockdown Grant - the eligibility criteria relating to category 4 has been relaxed. All other criteria remains the same. Businesses which have not qualified for the Supplementary Winter Lockdown Grant previously are encouraged to review the criteria as they may now qualify. The grant payable to successful applicants is now set at £4,500. The scheme will remain open for the foreseeable future.

(iii) Extreme Hardship Grant - the grant payable is now set at £7,500. The eligibility criteria remains unchanged and the deadline for receipt of completed applications is still 31 March 2021.

Coronavirus Business Grant Schemes include:

  • Restart Grant - this scheme closes on 30 June 2021
  • Supplementary Winter Lockdown Grant (part of the Additional Restrictions Grant) - this scheme closes on 23 June 2021
  • Self-Employment Support Grant - this scheme closes on 23 June 2021
  • Whittlesey & Wisbech Business Capital Grants Schemes - this scheme closed on 3 May 2021
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - this scheme closed on 31 March 2021
  • Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment - this scheme closed on 31 March 2021
  • Extreme Hardship Grant - this scheme closed on 31 March 2021
  • £1,000 grant for 'wet-led' pubs - this scheme closed on 28 February 2021

View full information about these schemes and how to apply.

Please keep checking our website for the most up to date information about grant schemes.  

Government guidance: help and support available

Visit the Government's website for the latest business information. It explains:

Should an outbreak occur at a business or organisation that you are responsible for, early outbreak management guidance is available which will help you to quickly identify, report and respond to any potential COVID-19 outbreak.

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