COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Support for businesses

Easing of lockdown guidance.

Within this detail is information about:

Additional information has also been announced regarding new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs. This page has now been updated with links to the funding schemes below.

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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

Guide to funding schemes

Businesses severely affected but not automatically entitled to grants

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) will target businesses that have experienced a significant negative financial impact, including:

  • Businesses outside the rates system legally mandated to close during National Lockdowns
  • Businesses paying Business Rates but were not legally mandated to close.
  • Supply chains for the retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, entertainment, personal care or market trader’s sectors.
  • Businesses important to the local economy, cultural & creative sector, homeworkers, self-employed, freelancers and independent manufacturers (with less than 250 employees).

The ARG application window is now closed – subscribe to the business newsletter for updates on future funding rounds.

Sectors with limited demand

  • Extended deadlines for loans applications CBILS, BBLs, etc. to end of March 2021.
  • Business rates relief granted for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses until the end of March 2021.
  • Moratorium on commercial evictions in place until the end of March 2021.
  • Options to top-up BBLs for firms that didn’t originally borrow the maximum.
  • Extending payment holidays for mortgages and consumer credit products.
  • Extending VAT reductions and deferrals which are due to begin in a phased way from April 2021 for businesses that had opted in.

Employees (Job Retention Scheme)

  • Pays 80% of wages up to max £2,500 for hours not worked in any business. Employers cover NICs and pension. Flexible – any proportion of hours/shift pattern. Until the end of April 2021. (Review in January 2021 to potentially increase employer contribution).
  • Job Support Scheme/Retention Bonus postponed indefinitely.

Self-employed (SEISS)

80% of 3 month’s average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500.

There will be a fourth SEISS covering February – April. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 3 March 2021.

People who’ve lost their jobs or seen income reduce

  • £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit to March 2021.
  • Kickstart for young unemployed people.

Coventry COVID-19 (Coronavirus) business grants

The government has put in place a number of different grants for different periods and levels of restriction. All of the grants available are set out below. It is very important that you read the eligibility information to ensure that you apply only for a grant to which your business may eligible. Applications for grants to which you are not eligible is delaying the payments we get to your business and other businesses.

Restart grant funding

Government guidance - restart grant

Any business that has previously received Local Restrictions Support Grant funding will not need to apply for the new restart grant funding from 1 April. The Council will arrange for the payments to be made directly to the bank accounts used to make previous payments. We will contact you by email to confirm the payment arrangements and this is likely to take place in the week commencing 19 April. The reason for this delay is that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) require Councils to perform additional verification checks before making the payments. If these checks highlight any issues then we will contact you with further information.

In addition, BEIS also require the Council to obtain further information about your business as part of the grant payment process and we will send you details about how to provide this additional information. It is important that you respond to this request as failure to provide the information may result in your grant payment being withheld or recovered.

For any businesses that have not previously received LRSG support we will be launching an application process and we will publicise this as soon as the form is available.

Business Restart grant - non-essential retail

  • Rateable value less than £15,001: One-off payment of £2,667
  • Rateable value £15,001 - £51,000: One-off payment of £4,000
  • Rateable value more than £51,000: One-off payment of £6,000

Business Restart grant - leisure and hospitality

  • Rateable value less than £15,001: One-off payment of £8,000
  • Rateable value £15,001 - £51,000: One-off payment of £12,000
  • Rateable value more than £51,000: One-off payment of £18,000

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum

Read the eligibility for the current lockdown support.

National lockdown grant for the period 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021 for non-essential retail, leisure, sports, personal care and hospitality sectors mandated to close.

Details of the LRSG (closed) addendum

Applicable period

Payment frequency and application period


16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021

One payment covering subsequent 44 day lockdown – 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.

Applications for this support close on 31 May 2021.

  • Rateable value <£15,001 = £2,096 per 44 days
  • Rateable value £15,001 - £51,000 = £3,143 per 44 days
  • Rateable value £51,000> = £4,714 per 44 days

If you have not received this grant funding and wish to apply you can:

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

Please read the detailed guidance at the start of the application process before submitting your application.

Read the eligibility for the current lockdown support.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding Round 3 - applications closed

The Additional Restriction Grant scheme is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of grant applications that we have received, the application window closed at midnight on 7 April 2021.

For those businesses that have already submitted their applications, we will aim to provide a response within 20 working days after the closing date; if successful it will take a further 7 working days to process the payment.

We are working hard to get the right systems in place to be able to administer this scheme and ensure funding goes to those businesses in need so please be patient. Please avoid contacting the team to obtain an update on your application. Please be advised due to the high volume of applications, email queries will cause delays with assessing ARG applications.

For any other business support enquiries please email: [email protected]. We recommend that you sign up to our Business Newsletter to get alerts of the latest announcement and business support that may be available to your business.

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.

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:

Workplace guides for COVID-19 management

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 about 'We're Good To Go" please take a look at the Visit Britain website.

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 the 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.

Coventry reopening for business - making your business COVID-secure

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