COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Advice and grants for businesses

If you run a business in the city, the current COVID-19 situation is likely to be very concerning. A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

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Government and West Midlands Combined Authority 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 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.

To receive alerts of the latest updates, please connect with our LinkedIn page, follow our Twitter account and subscribe to our business newsletter.

Apply for a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) business grant

Coventry City Council is working hard to support local businesses by making grant support available through the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

Apply for a grant now

Please read our grant criteria, then complete our verification form for business rates grant funding online. You will need your business rates customer reference number which can be found on your bill.

Grant criteria

If your business is within the retail, hospitality or leisure sector (view a full list of businesses) then you will be eligible for:

  • Grant funding of £10,000 if your business has a property with a rateable value of up to £15,000
  • Grant funding of £25,000 if your business has a property with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999

For all other businesses you will be eligible for:

  • Grant funding of £10,000 if your business has a property with a rateable value of up to £15,000 and it qualifies for Small Business Rate Relief

You will be eligible to receive these payments if, on 11 March 2020, your business property:

  • was occupied
  • was not used for personal use, e.g. private stables and moorings
  • was not a car park or parking space
  • was not in liquidation or dissolved

Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property. Payments are subject to the normal state aid restrictions. Further information regarding state aid law.

Grants for businesses - fraud prevention

Be aware at the current time there is an increased risk of fraud. This includes risks that someone may impersonate the Council either to commit fraud against your business or to gain information allowing them to submit an application for a business grant.

There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself

  • Check the email address of the sender. Don’t click on or download anything you don’t trust - for example, if you get an email from a company with a strange email address.
  • You may be contacted by someone offering to fill out the form for the business rate grant on your behalf.  Please don’t accept any offer to do this, even if they say they work for the Council.

If the Business Rates Team contact you regarding your grant

  • They will only provide links to government websites
  • They will give you the FR number of the verification form you submitted
  • They may have to ask you a question regarding your account which only you would know, in order to validate the grant application. However they will not ask you to divulge any personal information
  • Do not reveal your business rates account number or bank details to anyone you are not sure of.  

If you are still unsure please contact the Business Rates Team, business.rates@coventry.gov.uk

Business rates holiday scheme

Business rates - New business rates bills are being calculated to reflect the revised business rates relief guidance announced by Government on 18 March. These will be issued to business ratepayers as soon as possible. For those paying by Direct Debit, if it is not possible to issue the new bill before your first instalment falls due in April, we will take steps as far as possible to ensure that no funds are taken from your account until your new bill has been issued. For those eligible businesses that do not pay by Direct Debit we will take no recovery action if you miss you first payment so as to allow time for the new bill to be issued. We will actively identify eligible businesses and there is no need to contact us at this stage.

Read the advice from HM Government.

Support for Council suppliers

Information and support for Council suppliers.

Call out to PPE suppliers

Businesses are being urged to donate spare personal protective equipment (PPE) for Coventry City Council staff.

The ongoing COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) situation means that these are difficult times for all business and organisations around our city and indeed the country and the Council would like to thank you and your staff for your continuing hard work to keep our city running as best you can.  We would also like to ask you for a little help if possible.

As you will appreciate, as a Council, we work in all areas of the city, in a variety of locations and a variety of ways, from schools to social care settings. We provide a wide array of services for the people of Coventry, including those who are most vulnerable.

To support that work, we are asking all our city’s businesses if they could offer help in sourcing some vital supplies that will help our teams in their duties around the city.

We need a good supply of hand sanitiser (any size, smaller size the better) and PPE including IIR/FFP2/FFP3 face masks, nitrile/latex gloves, visors/goggles and aprons.

Donations of fluid repellent face masks and single use disposable gloves and aprons would be welcomed by the council to keep staff safe as they care for vulnerable people.
Tattoo shops, nail and beauty salons, manufacturers and other businesses who use PPE but who are currently not operating or who can spare some are being asked to give what they can.
The PPE is needed to protect council staff while they go about their jobs caring for people in their homes, helping the vulnerable and delivering supplies to the people most in need.

If you have any of these items that are surplus to your needs that you would be prepared to donate or sell, or you have contacts who could help us, it would be much appreciated.

Every piece of equipment will help us to support our residents through the current crisis, and help us to save lives.

If you can help in any way, please contact covid19equipmentrequest@coventry.gov.uk

Guidance for businesses who are pemitted to remain open

Guidance for businesses who are pemitted 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.

Match-fund grant for culture and sports sector through Crowdfunder

Urgent funds are being made available to cultural and physical activity-based organisations and small businesses in Coventry to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.

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