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

Restart grant funding has now been issued to the majority of eligible businesses that have previously received Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) funding for the national lockdown period 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021. An email has been sent to each business explaining the funding and the requirement to provide some additional information. It is important that you provide the additional information via the link in the email as failure to do this may result in your grant payment being recovered.

For businesses that have had an application for LRSG funding for the national lockdown period 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021 approved between 1 April 2021 and 27 April 2021 we will be making arrangements to pay the restart grant funding over the next 10 working days. The reason for this delay is that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) require Councils to perform additional verification checks before making payments. If these checks highlight any issues then we will contact you with further information.

For any other businesses that have not already received Restart grant funding the following is available to eligible businesses:

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 - hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym

  • 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

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

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 guides for COVID-19 management

Access business guides, training resources, FAQs, outbreak case studies, action cards and posters for COVID-19 Secure workplaces.

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.

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) COVID Business Pledge

The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire COVID Secure Business Pledge or CSW COVID Secure Business Pledge is open to businesses in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to sign up to.

The pledge seeks to promote COVID Secure best practice while providing reassurance to employees and customers of businesses in the local area. The pledge is a marketing tool to help promote that your business is doing the right thing for customers, and provide reassurance to staff.

This is a voluntary pledge, and by signing up to the Pledge, businesses are committing to a number of measures to ensure their premises are COVID secure, and the necessary precautions are in place to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their employees and visitors.

Find out more and sign the pledge

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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