COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Support for businesses

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If you're concerned that a Coventry business is not following the Government's instructions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, you can report a COVID-19 concern about a business online.

Find out about how your business can be supported

Coventry COVID-19 (Coronavirus) business grants

The Government has recently issued guidance to local authorities concerning further COVID-19 related support grants.

These schemes are designed to support local businesses during the current national lockdown (starting on 5 November and due to end on 2 December 2020).

Businesses that are eligible under the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) scheme in Coventry are initially those that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

The value of grants payable under the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) scheme are linked to the Rateable Value (RV) for occupied properties subject to Business Rates and are summarised:

  • Rateable Value is £15,000 or below = £1334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Rateable Value is over £15,000 but below £51,000 = £2000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Rateable Value is £51,000 or above = £3000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period

Find out more information regarding eligibility criteria and access the application form

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Funding - applications now open

The Government recognised that some businesses that are required to close may not have rateable commercial premises (and therefore won’t be covered by the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) scheme), and others won’t have been forced to close, but they will be significantly financially impacted. As such Local Authorities have been allocated Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which will cover businesses that fall into these categories.

The purpose of the Additional Restrictions Grant is to support businesses in either of the following categories:

  • Businesses who do not pay Business Rates and who were legally mandated to close on 5 November
  • Businesses who do pay Business Rates and were not legally mandated to close, but have experienced a significant negative impact on income
  • Businesses who are involved in the supply chain (or are otherwise closely involved) with the retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, entertainment, personal care or market trading sectors, who were not forced to close on 5 November, but have experienced adverse financial impact as a result of the introduction of local restrictions. Coventry City Council is also keen to provide support for businesses in the following local target sectors
    1. Cultural and creative sectors
    2. Homeworkers, self-employed and freelancers
    3. Independently owned manufacturing businesses (employing less than 250 employees) which have suffered a significant drop in income due to COVID-19 pandemic and have a plan to reopen as part of a new resilient supply chain for industry when the economy opens up

The ARG scheme will be reviewed after an initial period of operation.  Subject to demand/budget availability we will consider the appropriateness of modifying the eligibility criteria to maximise the effectiveness of the scheme.  Any revisions will be incorporated into updated guidance held on our website.  We will also communicate any changes in our business newsletter

The application form for Coventry City Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is now available; the application window will remain open for 10 working days until 5pm Wednesday 9 December 2020. 

Further information about the Additional Restrictions Grant, details on eligibility criteria and supporting information required to help with the assessment of the grant and access to the application form.

For any other Business support enquiries please email: [email protected] or complete our business support request form.

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Government support and advice

The Government has announced a series of measures to significantly increase the economic support available to businesses and workers during coronavirus. These measures include grants, unlimited loans and guarantees to support firms and help them manage staff wages and cashflow through this period.

Coventry City Council business support specialists are in daily contact with UK Government and other strategic partners to ensure that our businesses can quickly get access to the support that is being made available. Specific local updates will be posted here as and when they are available.

Closing certain businesses and venues in England

The government has announced new national restrictions for England that come in to force on 5 November. These restrictions mean that certain businesses and venues need to close.

Workplace Action Cards by Public Health (national)

Public Health England has released action cards for businesses that summarise the steps that should be taken to manage a possible outbreak of COVID-19. The Action Cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation.

Action cards are available for each of the following business types:

  • Arts, heritage and cultural venues
  • Cinemas, theatres, comedy venues and music venues
  • Construction and outdoor work
  • Dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers
  • Hairdressing, barbershops, beauty and nail bars, makeup, and tattoo and spray tanning studios
  • Manufacturing of food and other large processing plants
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways
  • Shops and branches
  • Spas, sports and massage therapy, wellbeing and holistic centres

Download a resource pack containing the action cards.

Workplace Action Cards by Public Health (local)

Coventry City Council Public Health team has developed local action cards for different settings that include the steps to be taken, as well as local contact details should you have a potential COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage you to print or download the relevant action card, so it is readily available in your setting. 

Action cards are available for each of the following settings:

Food businesses providing delivery/takeaway services

Advice for businesses that are looking to make provision for takeaways and deliveries where they have not done so before.

The 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard

“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

How to apply for the "We're Good To Go" mark

Apply now to confirm your business has taken the necessary measures and is operating in line with the Government guidelines and Public Health guidance (relating to English businesses) clearly set out in your COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

Upon successful completion of the application, you will be sent a secure link to download your certificate, mark and a toolkit with practical steps for telling your customers that your business is Good to Go.

The application will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and you need to make sure you have read the relevant Government and Public Health guidance for your country before you begin. Please also make sure you have read the Terms and Conditions.

For more information on reopening your business, including links to sector specific guidance, please visit the Business Advice Hub. If you have any further questions, please call on 0345 873 8050.

Support for Council suppliers

Information and support for Council suppliers.

PPE support

If you are a social care or health organisation, then prior to seeking support with emergency PPE from the Council, you must seek supplies of PPE from your usual suppliers. If these suppliers are not able to meet your requirements, then you are required to contact suppliers listed on our PPE support page.

Guidance for businesses who are permitted to remain open

Guidance for businesses who are permitted to remain open, including an overview of the advice to businesses from Government and the NHS. This includes advice on how to keep your employees safe and how to clean workplaces safely.

COVID-19 workplace checklist  

We understand that times are still challenging for businesses and there is lots of information to remember, so we have put together a simple workplace checklist poster to help you ensure that you are taking all the necessary measures to make sure your business is COVID-19 safe. We encourage you to print the poster and put it up in your workplace so that all staff can see what they should be adhering to. You’ll also find a local email address should you require any further guidance.

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