Welcome to the latest edition of our South and Vale Business Support newsletter!

We are currently receiving a high volume of emails in relation to further 
COVID-19 grant funding. Please be patient with us as we work our way through these enquiries.

If you have received funding for the November lockdown grant, the councils' business rates team will automatically process the following payments for your business:

These schemes are aimed at businesses operating in the non-essential retail, personal care, sports facilities, hospitality and leisure sectors that are registered for business rates and have been mandated to close under Government restrictions.

Our business rates team will be in touch with eligible businesses by email in the coming days to confirm the payment process. We must stress that there are currently no actions that eligible businesses need to take.

All eligible businesses should receive an email by the end of February. If you believe you may be eligible and you have not received an email by then, or you did not apply for the November lockdown grant, you will need to complete an application form. Please await further information via the SVBS newsletter regarding the application process.

Our Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Grant Fund) is now open for businesses that have been ineligible for other COVID-19 grant schemes.

The following businesses are eligible for the scheme:

  • Businesses that are legally required to close, but are not registered for business rates

  • Businesses that are not legally required to close, but have been severely impacted by the latest restrictions (including businesses registered for rates)

  • Businesses from all industries, including self-employed sole traders and home based businesses

Your business is ineligible if:

Please carefully read through the eligibility criteria before applying for the scheme. If you apply for the scheme but your business is ineligible, we will withdraw your application.

You can find details of all currently available and upcoming grant schemes on our dedicated COVID-19 financial support page.

Find out more by reading the Business and Innovation Strategy Action Plans 
on our SVBS website.

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