COVID-19 Local Authority Guidance and Support

Local Authority Guidance and Support

You can also receive further support directly from your Local Authority.

Select your council from the list to view details and links to these services below.

Birmingham City Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Birmingham City Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Birmingham City Council is helping businesses, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

Please read the details about claiming business rates relief and grants on the above link. There is currently no form or application process, Birmingham City Council will contact eligible businesses in due course. To assist the council please check that all information on your business rates bill is correct.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Birmingham City Council expects to have a system in place at the start of June for businesses to apply.

These grants can only go to businesses:
- With ongoing fixed building-related costs.
- Which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
- With fewer than 50 employees.
- That were trading on 11 March 2020.

Click here for more information..

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit.

Bolton Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Bolton Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Bolton Council is helping businesses, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

Please read the details about claiming business rates relief and grants on the above link. There is currently no form or application process, Bolton Council will contact eligible businesses in due course. To rearrange your business rates payment schedule with the council, please email: business.rates@bolton.gov.uk

Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications are open and will remain open initially for three weeks - click here to apply. It is hoped that grants will be awarded within 14 days.

Grant awards will be based on the annual property costs charged on rent and rates of each unit.

- For businesses that are charged an annual rent and rates charge up to and including £5,000 - grant payment £5,000
- For businesses that are charged an annual rent and rates charge of £5,001 and over - grant payment £10,000

To be eligible to apply for this grant a small business must:
-Have been trading on 11 March 2020
-Have fewer than 50 employees
- Have relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs, and Be able to demonstrate it has had a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures

After completing the form a case reference number will be provided. You must then email enquiries@bolton.gov.uk with this reference number together with a copy of your lease and bank statements for the last 5 months. Your application will not be processed if you do not provide the additional information.

Deferring Business Rates Payments

To rearrange your business rates payment schedule with the council, please email: business.rates@bolton.gov.uk

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Cheshire East Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Cheshire East Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Cheshire East Council is helping businesses, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

To confirm your bank details in order to receive the £10,000 Small Business Rate Grant or £25,000 Extended Retail Relief Grant, please fill in the form on this page (only complete if you think you are eligible and do not pay by direct debit).

Discretionary Grant Fund

Phase 1 of the Local Discretionary Grant Scheme will open Monday 1st June 2020 at 8am and close at 8am on 15th June 2020. If funds remain the Council may offer future phases of grant funding, potentially opening the scheme to a wider range of businesses. Click here for more information.

In the first phase the scheme will be opened only to the following types of businesses:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, food halls, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
- Bed and Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Only one application will be accepted per business. If you have another premises outside of the borough only property costs relating to property in Cheshire East will be taken into account. Businesses will need to demonstrate the level of fixed ongoing property related costs by submission of copies of leases/agreements showing an obligation to pay, mortgage agreements, insurance documents etc. as well as bank statements covering the period March - May 2020 with relevant expenditure identified.

To be eligible for the scheme, a business must demonstrate that:
- It is trading from business premises in Cheshire East
- It has relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
- It has had a significant drop in income due to COVID-19.

In addition to demonstrating the above, a business must self certify that:
- It was trading on 11th March 2020
- It is a small business, with fewer than 50 employees
- It is not in administration, insolvent and no striking-off notice has been served relating to it
- It is not eligible for any other central Government cash grant scheme
- In receiving the grant it would comply with State Aid requirements
- It occupies property, or part of a property, with:
  - A rateable value of below £51,000 or
  - Annual rent below £51,000 or
  - Annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

In order to apply you will need:
- Proof of ID (e.g. Passport or Driving Licence)
-VAT registration number (if applicable)
- Company registration number (if applicable)
- Charity registration number (if applicable)
- Business bank sort code
- Business bank account number
- Business bank account name
- Latest set of detailed Management Accounts (For businesses who do not have management accounts, you will need to send latest tax returns, or an opening statement from an accountant that includes expected income and operating expenses).
- Business bank statements for the last 6 months (November to May)
- Evidence relating to ongoing property related and other business costs (e.g. lease, rental or mortgage agreement, loan payment agreements).

Deferring Business Rates Payments

To defer your business rates payments, please fill in the form on this page.

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Leeds City Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Leeds City Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Leeds City Council is helping businesses and employers, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

You do not need to apply for the £10,000 Small Business Rate Grant or the £25,000 Extended Retail Relief Grant, but if you'd prefer to receive the payment via BACS payment rather than a cheque, please fill in the form on this page.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications will open on the 1st June and close June 28th. The Council may stop accepting applications before this date if demand is too high. Click here for the application form and further information.

You can apply for a grant to cover 50% of your fixed property costs between 11 March 2020 and 11 September 2020.

The largest grant amount that any one business will be awarded is £10,000, the lowest £2,000.

To be eligible for the scheme, a business must demonstrate that:
- It has not received any other coronavirus funding
- It was trading on the 11 March 2020
- It has less than 50 employees
- It occupies all or part of a non-domestic property
- The property has a rateable value of less than £51,000, or your annual rent or mortgage payments are less than £51,000
- It has yearly fixed property costs of £8,000 or more
- It is expecting to lose 25% of revenue between March and September 2020 due to coronavirus

To be successful you will need to:
- Meet the eligibility criteria
- Provide evidence of your fixed property costs
- Provide evidence of your expected lost revenue

Please note that it may take up to 20 days to check your application.

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Liverpool City Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Liverpool City Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Liverpool City Council is helping businesses, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

To apply for the £10,000 Small Business Rate Grant, or the £25,000 Extended Retail Relief Grant, please fill in the form on this page.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Aimed at small and micro businesses.

If you have ongoing fixed property related costs and can demonstrate that you have seen a significant drop of income due to the Coronavirus restriction measures, you may be eligible to apply. If you are not eligible for the small business cash grant, retail, hospitality and leisure grant or the self employed income support scheme, you may be eligible.

If you intend to apply for this grant businesses can register their interest now. Click here for more information.

Deferring Business Rates Payments

If you are struggling to pay your business rates please email: business.unit@liverpool.gov.uk

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Manchester City Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Manchester City Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Manchester City Council is helping businesses and employers, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

To apply for the Small Business Rates Relief scheme, the £10,000 Small Business Rate Grant, or the £25,000 Extended Retail Relief Grant, please fill in the relevant form on this page.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications are open - click here for more information. Applications will close on the 9th June. Grant payments will normally be limited to £5,000.

As funding is limited, grants will be prioritized and will be awarded to businesses in the following order:
- Start-up and micro businesses
- Small business in the digital and creative sector and businesses within Enterprise Zones
- Charities
- Independent hospitality and retail businesses
- Businesses with fixed, property-related costs of more than £1,500

Applications will be considered in a phased way starting with:
- Start-up and micro businesses with fixed property-related costs of more than £1,500 a year.
- Digital, life sciences and creative sectors with fixed property-related costs of more than £1,500 a year.
- Business within the Enterprise Zones* with fixed property-related costs of more than £1,500 a year.
- Manchester-based charities and co-operatives with fixed property-related costs of more than £1,500 a year.

*Manchester Oxford Road Corridor Enterprise Zone and the Manchester Airport City Extension Enterprise Zone.

They will then consider the following businesses:
- Independent permanent food and market halls that are known to make a positive contribution to employment and the economy of the city with fixed property-related costs of more than £1,500 a year.
- Independent retailers.
- Other businesses

Essential Qualifying Evidence
- Ongoing fixed building-related costs of more than £1,500 per year that were in place at 11th March 2020
- Trading at the start of the pandemic on 11th March
- Eligible types of business
- Suffered a significant fall in income as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak

Small businesses must meet two or more of the following requirements in a year:
- Turnover below £10.2m
- Balance sheet total below £5.1m
- Less than 50 staff

A micro business must meet two or more of the following requirements:
- Turnover below £632,000
- Balance sheet total below £316,000
- Up to 10 staff

The following businesses are excluded:
- Businesses operating from domestic settings
- Businesses that do not have fixed, property related costs.
- The scheme would not normally support businesses that are part of a national chain or franchise
- Businesses that have already received COVID-19 related grant funding or support
- Bed and breakfast businesses in the city that have been paid to accommodate vulnerable groups or homeless people during this period, on the basis that they will not have seen a significant reduction in income
- Organisations whose ongoing, fixed property related costs are low, e.g. those renting a room or work space for a few hours per week, or an Airbnb that are only paying Council Tax, would not normally be entitled to support

Deferring Business Rates Payments

Manchester City Council will agree special payment plans so that the business rates due for 2020/21 are split over 9 months from July 2020 to March 2021, meaning that businesses will not have to pay anything until July. To arrange for your business rates payments to be deferring please email: businessrates@manchester.gov.uk.

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Salford City Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Salford City Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Salford City Council is helping businesses and employers, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

Please read the details about claiming business rates relief and grants on this page.

There is currently no form or application process for the grants, Salford City Council will contact eligible businesses in due course. To assist the council, if you have not done so already please sign up for e-billing by filling in the form on this page.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications are now open, click here for more information - applications close Tuesday 9th June at midnight.

Grants are planned to be capped at £10,000 and only under exceptional circumstances will larger grants be considered. Salford Council are aiming to respond within 10 working days of receiving your application.

Qualifying criteria:
- Your business must have been trading on 11 March 2020.
- Your business is a small or micro business with a turnover less than £10.2 million, a balance sheet total less than £5.1 million and less than 50 employees.
- You must occupy a property or part of a property with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage of less than £51,000.
- You must be able to show a significant drop in income since March 2020 due to COVID-19.
- You must not be able to access the Small Business Rates Grant; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
- Your business must not be in administration, insolvent or have a striking-off notice in place.

Must provide all information requested, which can include:
- A copy of the lease
- March & April bank statements
- HMRC Returns/ Documents to confirm how many employees you have
- Most recent accounts (demonstrating your usual turnover)

The following businesses are excluded:
- Businesses operating from domestic settings
- Businesses whose ongoing, fixed property related costs are very low, and their tenancy status is fluid. Examples include using a facility on a sessional basis, renting a room, workspace or a desk for a limited number of days / hours per week, renting desk spaces in more than one local authority area.
- Businesses that use premises for the sole purpose of having a registered business address.
- Businesses that are part of a national chain or franchise.
- Businesses that have already received COVID-19 related grant funding or financial support.
- Bed and breakfasts in the city that have been paid to accommodate vulnerable groups or homeless people during this period
- Any business where there is evidence that they are having a detrimental impact on the city, our residents or our neighbourhoods, such as where the council is taking enforcement action against a business for a serious offence

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Sefton Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Sefton Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Sefton Council is helping businesses and employers, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

Sefton Council Business Rates Team will be issuing a letter to businesses in the borough who are eligible for the £10,000 small business grant fund and £25,000 retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund. If you are eligible for a grant please fill in the form on this page.

Discretionary Grant Fund

No information available.

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Stockport MBC's response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Stockport MBC is helping businesses and employers, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

To confirm your bank details in order to receive the £10,000 Small Business Rate Grant or the £25,000 Extended Retail Relief Grant, please fill in the form on this page (only complete if you think you are eligible and do not pay by direct debit).

Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications are now open and will close Wednesday 3rd June at 5pm - click here for the application form.

The council will administer a phased approach to the grants scheme to assess and quantify the level of demand for funding from businesses that fall within the priority areas.

Guidance document can be found here.

Evidence required:
- Rent/rates/mortgage payments above £250.00
- To demonstrate a substantial loss in income
- Complying with the definition of a Small or Micro Business
- Confirmation that the business has not received any grant under the grant schemes

Deferring Business Rates Payments

Stockport MBC can agree special payment plans so that the business rates due for 2020/21 are split over 9 months from July 2020 to March 2021, meaning that businesses will not have to pay anything until July. To arrange for your business rates payments to be deferring please email: business.rates@stockport.gov.uk

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Trafford Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Trafford Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Trafford Council is helping businesses and employers, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

To find out about the £10,000 Small Business Rate Grant and the £25,000 Extended Retail Relief Grant, please read the information on this page.

If you think you are eligible for either grant, please fill in the form on this page.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications are now open - click here for more information and here for the application form.

The amount awarded will be equivalent to 1 years fixed property costs, including rent, rates contribution and service charge - up to a maximum of £5,000

Eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Company was trading on 11th March 2020
- Are not eligible for existing grant schemes or the Self-employed Income Support Scheme
- Employ less than 50
- Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property related costs
- Business which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
- Business which occupy a property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Businesses who are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are now also eligible for the Discretionary Grant Scheme.

The application form requests information about:
- Company information
- Evidence of meeting eligibility criteria
- Explanation of loss of income due to Covid-19 and evidence
- Evidence of fixed costs e.g. lease
- Proof of financial information e.g. audited accounts

Deferring Business Rates Payments

If you are unable to pay your business rates at this time, Trafford Council can defer payments so that the business rates due for 2020/21 are split over 9 months from July 2020 to March 2021. To arrange for your business rates payments to be deferring please email: business.rates@trafford.gov.uk

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

Warrington Council

Coronavirus Response

To find out about Warrington Council’s response to Coronavirus, please click here.

Businesses & Employers

To find out how Warrington Council is helping businesses and employers, please click here.

Business Rates Relief Application Form

To apply for the £10,000 Small Business Rate Grant or the £25,000 Extended Retail Relief Grant, please fill in the form on this page.
To apply for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Business Support Fund, please fill in the form on this page.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Applications are now open.

Must provide evidence of:
- Ongoing fixed building costs e.g. licence agreement
- Loss of income due to Covid-19
- Number of employees (must be less than 50)
- Trading on or before 11 March 2020

Click here for more information.

Local Enterprise Partnership

For free support, advice and information from the local growth hub visit their website.

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