Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Help for businesses and self-employed

National Lockdown restrictions begin to be eased from Monday 8 March

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

The following grants are currently available for businesses which were forced to close or have remained open but have been significantly impacted due to COVID-19 restrictions.

You should read the eligibility for each scheme carefully as your business may be able to apply for more than one grant.

Taxi Driver Business Support Grant

Taxi Driver Business Support Grant eligibility

To apply, a taxi driver must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. hold a valid taxi driver's licence issued by Kirklees Council
  2. have been working as a taxi driver before 5th November 2020 and continue to do so
  3. live in Kirklees.
Taxi Driver Business Support Grant exclusions

These taxi drivers are not eligible to apply:

  • Taxi drivers who have a licence issued by another local authority
  • Taxi drivers who do not live in the Kirklees Council area.
What eligible taxi drivers will get from the Taxi Driver Business Support Grant

A grant of up to £1,000 is available per eligible licensee.

Payments will be made in two stages:

  • An initial payment of £500 will be made to all eligible licensees.
  • A second payment of £500 will be made available to those drivers who participate in regular COVID-19 community testing. This payment will be made automatically to eligible drivers no earlier than 9 weeks after their application is registered.

Apply for a Taxi Driver Business Support Grant

Fill in our online form.

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  • your Hackney Carriage and/or private hire driver badge number
  • your taxi vehicle registration number (number plate)
  • your National Insurance number
  • your driving licence Number
  • bank details of the account you use for your business.

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  • bank account statement - a PDF, scan, photo, or screenshot of your recent bank statement showing: sort code, account number and name and address on the account
  • Driving licence - a scan or photo of your driving licence
Apply for a Taxi Driver Business Support Grant

If you are unable to complete this form please contact:

National Lockdown/Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses legally required to close)

For businesses legally forced to close due to national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020 and/or new national restrictions between 5 January and 12 April 2021.

  • We have received confirmation from government about a lockdown payment to cover 16 February to 31 March 2021.
  • We are awaiting further details from government about the period 1 April to 12 April 2021.

We expect to be able to make payment for 16 February to 31 March automatically to businesses that qualify and have previously received this support, so these businesses do not need to re-apply.

However, we may have asked your business to self-certify that circumstances remain the same. If you've received this email from us and haven't yet taken action, please follow the instructions it contains. Once your business has self-certified you will receive a confirmation email. We will issue any amounts your business is eligible for within 10 days of receiving the form. Not all businesses will have received this email so don't worry if you didn't get one.

Applications for the period 5 January to 15 February are still open. However, if you have applied for, or received a Local Restrictions Support Grant for help after 5 August 2020 at your current business address, you do not need to re-apply after 5 January 2021.

Lockdown/Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for Business Rates on 4 November 2020
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • be required to close under government restrictions
Businesses required to close

The following businesses were required to close between 5 November and 2 December:

  • All non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues
  • Accommodation
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls - unless exempt
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals
  • Nightclubs
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

Information on businesses legally required to close under Tier 3 restrictions can be found in Closing certain businesses and venues in England

What eligible businesses will get from the Lockdown Support Grant

Between 16 February and 31 March 2021:

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £2,096 for this 44-day qualifying period.
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £3,143 for this 44-day qualifying period.
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive £4,714 for this 44-day qualifying period.

Please read on to find out if you may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open). The form to apply is below the information.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one-off top up grants)

For businesses legally required to close during the latest national lockdown, in force from 5 January 2021.

All businesses that are registered for business rates and have been legally required to close as a result of the National Lockdown from 5 January are eligible for an additional one off top up grant.

If you have already applied for or received a Local Restrictions Support Grant for help after 5 August 2020 you do not need to re-apply after 5 January 2021. We will use the information we already have to continue to make the grant payments you are eligible for, including the additional one-off payments.

The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses on a per property basis as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

For businesses who were able to remain open but who were significantly impacted by Tier 2 local restrictions between 5 August 2020 and 4 November 2020 and or by Tier 3 local restrictions since 2 December 2020

Eligible businesses that were not legally required to close but that have been significantly impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2/Tier 3 will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • be a leisure, hospitality or accommodation business
  • occupy premises registered for businesses rates (businesses that do not pay rates directly to Kirklees Council, for instance businesses in shared workspace or bed &breakfasts who pay Council Tax rather than Business Rates are eligible to apply but will be required to supply additional evidence of occupation, for instance a rental agreement or invoice)
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • have been severely impacted by Tier 2/Tier 3 restrictions
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) eligible businesses include
  • Hospitality venues - cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs (eligible for the period 5 August to 4 November only - please see the LRSG (Closed) scheme for the period since 4 November)
  • Accommodation businesses - hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites (eligible for the period 5 August to 4 November only - please see the LRSG (Closed) scheme for the period since 5 November)
  • Leisure and sports facilities - including sports facilities, leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting range.
What eligible businesses will get from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £934 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,400 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28-day period.

Apply for a Restrictions Support Grant

Fill in our online form.

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  • your Business Rates reference number if you are registered for Business Rates
  • the name on your Business Rates account if you are registered for Business Rates
  • a company registration number if you are a limited company (if you fail to provide your company registration number then your grant application will be delayed)
  • your business bank account details
  • a scan or photo of your business bank accounts showing trading activity since you resumed trading after the last National Lockdown

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  • evidence showing the impacts of restrictions on your business
Apply for a support grant

If you are unable to complete this form please contact:

Please read on to find out if you may be eligible for a Kirklees Discretionary Support Grant Scheme (Additional Restrictions Grant). The form to apply is below the information.

Discretionary Support Grant Scheme (Additional Restrictions Grant)

This grant helps:

  • businesses that have been legally required to close from 5 November but are not registered for Business Rates
  • businesses that have remained open but have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions
  • self-employed and home based businesses.

If your business is required to remain closed when Tier 3 restrictions were introduced from 2nd December you will be able to access the Restrictions Support Grant. You will not be eligible for this round of the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Grants will be paid for each 28-day period for which restrictions have applied, commencing from 5 November 2020. Where restrictions are changed part way through a 28-day cycle (for example if restrictions are lifted) grants will be paid on a pro-rata basis. Business must be closed for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days to be eligible for closed support.

Additional Restrictions Grant eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be trading in Kirklees
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been legally required to close or significantly impacted by local restrictions from 5 November 2020
    • Detailed list of businesses forced to close: Closing certain businesses and venues in England
    • Businesses not forced to close are required to provide evidence demonstrating a significant impact on turnover/sales as a result of stricter social distancing measures being implemented.
  • be operating in one of these sectors:
    • independent non-essential retail
    • leisure
    • visitor accommodation
    • personal care and close contact services
    • retail
    • hospitality
    • retail hospitality and leisure (RHL) supply chain
    • entertainment and tourism (including events and supply chain businesses)
    • community facilities and centres, including faith-based venues.
  • or be a home based business, self-employed Kirklees resident, or self-employed who predominantly trades from premises in Kirklees, and that has suffered a significant impact due to restrictions.
Additional Restrictions Grant eligible businesses include
  • Businesses or voluntary/community organisations that have been legally required to close, but are not in the business rates system - for example, where the businesses' landlord is the business rate payer
  • Businesses or voluntary/community organisations that have not been required to close but have been significantly impacted by restrictions affecting retail hospitality and leisure (RHL), entertainment and tourism, or personal care and close contact sectors - for example manufacturing or other supply chain businesses
  • Home based or self-employed businesses that have been significantly impacted by restrictions.
What eligible businesses will get from the Additional Restrictions Grant

The amount you receive will depend on the nature of your business; whether you have been forced to close; and the rateable value or annual rent or mortgage cost for businesses outside the rates system, of the property you occupy.

  • Businesses or voluntary/community organisations that have been legally required to close, but are not in the business rates system will receive grant awards on the following basis:
    • Businesses occupying premises with annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,334 per 28-day period
    • Businesses occupying premises with annual rent/mortgage payment over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a grant of up to £2,000 per 28-day period
    • Businesses occupying premises with annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive a grant of up to £3,000 per 28-day period.
  • Businesses or voluntary/community organisations that have not been required to close but who have been significantly impacted by restrictions affecting retail hospitality and leisure (RHL), entertainment and tourism, or personal care and close contact sectors - for example manufacturing or other supply chain businesses will receive grant awards on the following basis:
    • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value or equivalent annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a grant of up to £934 per 28-day period
    • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value or equivalent annual rent/mortgage payment over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,400 per 28-day period
    • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value or equivalent annual rent/mortgage payment of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28-day period.
  • Home based businesses and self-employed businesses that have been significantly impacted by restrictions will receive a flat rate grant of up to £3000.
Additional Restrictions Grant exclusions
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the de minimis and the Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date local restrictions were implemented are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses required to remain closed when Tier 3 restrictions were introduced from 2nd December will be able to access the Restrictions Support Grant. You will not be eligible for this round of the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Apply for a Discretionary Support Grant Scheme (Additional Restrictions Grant)

Fill in our online form. Please check eligibility carefully before you apply.

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Paperclip You are required to upload supporting evidence as part of your application. You may need information including:

  • company registration details
  • bank details and statements
  • other supporting evidence such as your rental agreement, accounts or sales information.
Apply for a discretionary support grant

If you are unsure of eligibility or are unable to complete this form please contact:

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

A one-off payment for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food. Eligible pubs will receive a £1,000 flat-rate grant covering the period between 2 and 29 December 2020.

  • This scheme closes on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by 28 February 2021.
  • We expect to start issuing payments to qualifying businesses no later than 31 March 2021.
Christmas Support Payment eligibility

To be eligible, your pub must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for Business Rates on 30 November 2020
  • have been established as a pub before 1 December 2020
  • meet the definition of a pub for the purposes of this grant - pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions):
    • be open to the general public
    • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
    • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
    • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar
    • derive less than 50% of its income from food.

Guidance for wet-let pubs: Check if you're eligible for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Apply for a Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Fill in our online form. Please check eligibility carefully before you apply.

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  • your Business Rates reference number
  • name on your Business Rates account
  • a company registration number if you are a limited company
  • your business bank account details
  • accounting evidence to show under 50% of your income is from food sales
  • date of birth evidence if you are a sole trader/partnership.
Apply for a Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

If you are unsure of eligibility or are unable to complete this form please contact:

State aid

  • These support grants count towards state aid.
  • Payments will count towards the total de minimis State Aid you are allowed to receive over a rolling 3-year period - 200,000 Euros.
  • If you have already reached that limit, you may still be eligible for support under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework.
  • The limit for the framework is 800,000 Euros. By accepting this grant, you must confirm that you are eligible to receive it and are not in breach of state aid rules.

Job support schemes

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough scheme - will remain open until the end of March, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month.

Businesses will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs.

The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

Kickstart work placement scheme

Work placements - Kirklees Kickstart

Kirklees Council is backing the Government's Kickstart Scheme to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. The council are acting as a gateway to support employers who wish to participate.

Other Government advice and support for businesses

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

November 2020 to April 2021

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (grant extension) provides support to the self-employed in the form of two grants.

Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three-month period.

They are taxable income and also subject to National Insurance contributions.

Eligibility

Self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must:

  • have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although they do not have to have claimed those grants)
  • declare that they intend to continue to trade and either:
    • are currently actively trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
    • were previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus.

First grant: 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021

The Government will provide a taxable grant covering 80% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months' worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

The grant will be increased from the previously announced levels.

Second grant: 1 February 2021 until 30 April 2021

The Government will review the level of the second grant and set this in due course.

More information to follow

HMRC will issue full details about claiming and applications on Gov.uk in due course.

Help with Business Rates
  • Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors that are used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public, and nurseries who are providers on OFSTED's Early Years Register, will receive 100% relief on their Business Rates for the 2020/21 financial year, through the expansion of the Business Rate Retail Discount.
  • This covers businesses including shops, restaurants and cafes, gyms, museums, theatres, hotels and night clubs.
  • The council will identify eligible businesses. Businesses do not need to do anything to benefit from the scheme.

Find the rateable value of your property on your Business Rates bill or via Valuation Office Agency

Statutory sick pay
  • The Government will reimburse Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employers with fewer than 250 staff where employees who are unable to work because of the virus. This will cover up to two weeks SSP for each employee.
  • Employees affected by COVID-19 will be eligible for SSP from the first day of the illness.

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to your employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Loan finance

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Available until 30 November 2020

This enables smaller businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 (up to 25% of a business' turnover).

  • The Government guarantees 100% of the loan.
  • There are no fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.

The scheme can be accessed through a large number of British Business Bank accredited lenders .

Apply for a coronavirus bounce back loan

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Available until 30 November 2020

CBILS supports UK based small and medium-sized businesses with a turnover of no more than £45m, to access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million on repayment terms of up to six years.

All businesses affected by COVID-19 can apply.

CBILS is available through the British Business Bank accredited lenders .

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

Available until 30 November 2020

This provides finance to mid-sized and larger UK businesses with a group turnover of more than £45m (the upper limit for the existing smaller-business focused CBILS) that are suffering disruption to their cashflow due to lost or deferred revenues during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme is £200 million.

The Future Fund

Available until 30 November 2020

This scheme issues convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

Joint HM Treasury and Bank of England Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)

This provides lending to help businesses raise working capital via the purchase of short-term debt, funded through central bank reserves.

HMRC, tax and trading rules

Valued Added Tax (VAT)

Businesses who deferred VAT due from 20 March to 30 June 2020 are able to make smaller payments up to the end of March 2022, interest free. You need to opt in to the scheme: Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Income Tax

HMRC has deferred Income Tax payments, including for self-employed people through the Self-Assessment system. Payments due in July 2020 may be deferred until January 2021: If you chose to defer your July 2020 payment on account

HMRC helpline

0800 015 9559

For businesses and self-employed people in financial distress to help manage their tax affairs. HMRC may be able to offer a Time to Pay arrangement to businesses who need this support.

Commercial tenants and landlords

The council has adopted the Government's code of practice for the commercial property sector, to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.

Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Business continuity

Having an effective business continuity plan in place is vital to ensure your business can manage changes in suppliers, customers and emergencies like the outbreak of the coronavirus.

You can find some helpful resources on Business continuity.

Contact the council

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