Many businesses and self-employed workers face a period of uncertainty and possible loss of income as a result of the coronavirus. The Government has announced a package of financial and other measures to help manage these impacts - including wage subsidies, business rates reliefs, statutory sick pay reliefs, small business grants and loans. This website will be updated frequently as the situation evolves.
COVID-19 business grants
The Government has made limited additional funding available to allow the Council to further support small businesses affected by COVID-19. This money is in addition to the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund.
The Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund were launched in March 2020 and further information and an online application form for eligible businesses is available below. The new Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund has been launched to help small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not eligible for the other grant schemes.
Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund for small businesses
The discretionary grant fund will help small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not eligible for the other grant schemes. On 13th May the Government published guidance about the scheme for local authorities - Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund for small business
Government has prioritised the following types of businesses for this fund:
- small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces 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
- charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief
Eligible businesses must:
- have ongoing fixed property-related costs
- be able to demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
- have fewer than 50 employees
- have been trading on or before 11 March 2020
Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will also be eligible to apply for this scheme, but those who have already received support from the Small Business Grant Fund; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant; Self-employed Income Support Scheme or others identified in the guidance will be ineligible for this grant.
Kirklees Council is administering this grant fund for Kirklees businesses and is now developing the required online application process and local eligibility criteria, with an aim to begin making payments as quickly as possible in June. Further information about eligibility criteria for this scheme in Kirklees and how to apply will be available on this page shortly.
Government advice and support for businesses
Premises which need to close, premises which can remain open and advice on social distancing in workplaces.
Contact the council
- All other queries about support available or for general business advice and support
- Email email@example.com
- Kirklees Business Hub
- Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP): Business Support
- Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- National Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
- Welcome to Yorkshire COVID-19 business resources
- Huddersfield BID
- Business in the Community
- Supply Chain Leeds City Region
- Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance
- Be the business
- Home working: preparing your organisation and staff
- Phishing attacks: defending your organisation