COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Support for businesses

National Lockdown: Stay at Home update: 5 January 2021

National 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


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.

Payments

The Council is working as quickly as possible to issue payments to businesses. You will receive an email within 14 days to confirm that a payment will be made. The email will explain that the Council assumes that the circumstances resulting in your eligibility for the November payment remain valid. If your circumstances have changed so that you no longer qualify for the current grants then you must inform the Council and return the payment. The Council will be undertaking post payment verification. If it is found that you are not eligible and have not returned the payment, the Council will reclaim the grants from you.

Find out about the specific grant payments:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum 5 January 2021, Closed Business Lockdown Payment for the lockdown from 5 January 2021 and Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) – tier 4 from 31 December 2020.

If your business has made a successful application for the Local Restrictions Support Grant funding for the national lockdown period 5 November to 2 December then you do not need to apply for the LRSG for the current lockdown nor the Closed Business Lockdown Payment from 5 January nor the LRSG (closed) - tier 4 from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. The Council will use your application for the November lockdown to make a new payment for the current lockdown unless you are a garden centre and not currently mandated to close in the current lockdown.

Read the eligibility for the current lockdown support.

Closed business lockdown payment

One-off grant for retail, hospitality and leisure during national lockdown payable in addition to LRSG closed addendum -  5 January onwards and the same qualifying criteria.

Details of the Closed business lockdown payment grant
Applicable period Payment frequency Amount
4 January 2021 - 15 February 2021 One-off payment
  • Rateable value <£15,001 = £4,000
  • Rateable value £15,001 - £51,000 = £6,000
  • Rateable value £51,000> = £9,000

LRSG (closed) addendum - 5 January onwards

National lockdown grant from 5 January for non-essential retail, leisure, sports, personal care and hospitality sectors.

Details of the LRSG (closed) addendum - 5 January onwards grant
Applicable period Payment frequency Amount
31 December 2020 - ongoing One initial payment covering 42 day initial lockdown - 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021
  • Rateable value <£15,001 = £2,001 per 42 days
  • Rateable value £15,001 - £51,000 = £3,000 per 42 days
  • Rateable value £51,000> = £4,500 per 42 days

LRSG (closed) addendum - tier 4

Tier 4 grant for non-essential retail, leisure, sports, personal care and hospitality sectors.

Details of the LRSG (closed) addendum - tier 4 grant
Applicable period Payment frequency Amount
31 December 2020 - 4 January 2021 14 day pro rata payment
  • Rateable value <£15,001 = £667 per 14 days
  • Rateable value £15,001 - £51,000 = £1,000 per 14 days
  • Rateable value £51,000> = £1,500 per 14 days

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led Pubs (CSP) grant

Occupied wet-led pubs in either Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions on either 2 December 2020 or 16 December 2020 may be eligible for a one-off £1,000 flat-rate grant payment. Applications for this support payment close on 31 January 2021.

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

Local Restrictions Support Grants from 2 December 2020 onwards

Further support is available for businesses from 2 December 2020 who are either forced to close due to Tier 3 restrictions or that are severely impacted financially by the existence of either Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions. There are two types of grant and a single application process exists for both grants. The Council will determine for which grant you are eligible based on your responses in the application form.

Further information about the grants.

Information about tier restrictions.

Please complete the form below if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Your business property is registered in the non-domestic rating list and is subject to business rates
  • Your business is forced to close from 2 December
  • Your business is severely impacted financially from 2 December and you operate within the leisure, hospitality or accommodation sectors

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

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

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) funding 5 November to 2 December

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.

This scheme is designed to support local businesses affected by the national lockdown (5 November to 2 December 2020).

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 Round 2 - applications now open

Applicants that were awarded ARG in Round 1 for the second national lockdown period 5 November - 2 December 2020, do not need to complete an application form, as the payment for Round 2 will be made automatically. These automatic payments are scheduled to be made during the last week in January 2021.

The Government recognises that some businesses which are required to close due to coronavirus restrictions 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) funds to support businesses that fall into the following categories:

  • Businesses who do not pay Business Rates and who were legally mandated to close between 5 November 2020 - 2 December 2020 or 5 January 2021 - 15 February 2021
  • Businesses who do pay Business Rates but were not legally mandated to close are also eligible for ARG
  • 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 and 5 January 2021, 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:
    • Cultural and creative sectors
    • Homeworkers, self-employed and freelancers
    • 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

This grant will provide support for those businesses affected in the second (5 November - 2 December 2020) and third national lockdown (5 January 2021 - 15 February 2021).

The Additional Restriction Grant scheme will be awarded on a first come, first served basis with the window open for 10 working days from 21 January 2021 until 3 February 2021 11:59PM, or until funds have been allocated – whichever comes sooner.

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

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 (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:

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.

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