Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Help for businesses and self-employed

National Lockdown restrictions changed on Monday 12 April

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.

Restart Business Support Grants from 1 April 2021

Please note the Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only.

  • If you have already applied for or received a Local Restrictions Support Grant after 16 February 2021 you do not need to re-apply after 1 April 2021 for a Restart Grant.
  • Where possible, we will use the information we already have to make the grant payment you are eligible for.

We are currently making grant payments. Please note these payments can take up to four days to clear. We will issue a remittance confirming the grant that has been paid. It is your responsibility to ensure the amount paid is correct and your business meets the grant and subsidy criteria. Final payments will be made by 31 July 2021.

The Government has instructed we must carry out stricter pre-payment checks to manage the risk of fraud and payments in error. The checks we carry out include:

  • Using the Government's 'Spotlight' tool which will flag where organisations have recently become inactive.
  • Using a counter fraud bank account checker in partnership with Experian.
  • We may email your business asking you to self-certify that circumstances remain the same. Please follow the instructions in the email. Once your business has self-certified you will receive a confirmation email. We will confirm any amounts your business is eligible for within 10 days of receiving the form. Not all businesses will receive this email so don't worry if you don't get one.

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector will receive grants of up to £6,000 depending on the rateable value of their premises.

Businesses in the hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym sectors will receive grants of up to £18,000, depending on the rateable value of their premises.

Restart Business Support Grant eligibility

To be eligible your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for business rates on 1 April 2021
  • have been open and trading as usual before restrictions, example indicators of trading:
    • staff on furlough
    • trading online with click and collect
    • the business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice or under notice
    • engaged in business activity including managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing Covid-safe measures
  • have been providing in-person services to customers from the premises
  • will re-open after the 1 April as per the Government road map

GOV.UK: Annex C - Business categorisation for the purposes of grant funding thresholds

What eligible business will get from the Restart Business Support Grant

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector will receive grants of up to £6,000 depending on the rateable value of their premises:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Businesses in the hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym sectors will receive grants of up to £18,000, depending on the rateable value of their premises. Using the following thresholds:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

Apply for a Restart Business Support Grant

This one-off grant is open for applications until 30 June 2021

Only complete this form if you did NOT receive a Local Restrictions Support Grant after 16 February 2021

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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
Apply for a 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 1 April 2021.

  • All local restriction support grants for new applications closed on the 31 March 2021 and final payments will be made by the 14 May 2021.
  • Except for the payment period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021, new applications for this period will close on the 31 May 2021 and final payments will be made by the 30 June 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.

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

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
Apply for a support grant

If you are unable to complete this form please contact:

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
Taxi Driver Business Support Grant exclusions

Taxi drivers who have a licence issued by another local authority are not eligible to apply.

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. We encourage drivers to get a weekly test where possible. 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 Kirklees 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:

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

Applications for this grant closed on 31 March 2021 and final payments will be made by 14 May 2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Applications for this grant closed on 31 March 2021 and final payments will be made by 14 May 2021.

Discretionary Support Grant Scheme (Additional Restrictions Grant)

A final round of ARG funding is being made available to help businesses who are not eligible to receive help through the Government's Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) or 'Restart Grant'. If you have already received or are eligible to receive either a LRSG or Restart Grant you should not apply.

The scheme will support those who have previously been forced to close or have been seriously impacted by COVID-19 restrictions to plan ahead and safely relaunch trading as coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

This final round of funding replaces previous versions of the scheme which are no longer open to new applications.

There are two available grants:

Grant 1: Support for businesses occupying commercial premises with ongoing fixed property costs

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • is based in Kirklees
  • operates from commercial business premises with fixed property costs (e.g. rent and/or business rates)
  • was trading on 1 April 2021
  • has been closed or severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

The following businesses are eligible:

Business occupying commercial premises with ongoing fixed property costs (e.g. rent and/or business rates) that are not eligible for LRSG or restart grants, operating in the following sectors or their supply chain:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure (including gyms, sports, entertainment and events, and tourist attractions)
  • Tourist accommodation
  • Personal care

What you get

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector or its supply chain will receive final one-off grants of up to £6,000 depending on the annual rental cost or rateable value of their premises.

  • Annual rental cost/rateable value of £15,000 and under will get £2667
  • Annual rental cost/rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 will get £4000
  • Annual rental cost/rateable value of £51,000 and over will get £6000

Eligible businesses in the hospitality, leisure, tourist accommodation and personal care sectors - or their supply chain - will receive final one-off grants of up to £18,000, depending on the annual rental cost or rateable value of their premises.

  • Annual rental cost/Rateable value of £15,000 and under will get £8,000
  • Annual rental cost/Rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 will get £12,000
  • Annual rental cost/Rateable value of £51,000 and over will get £18,000
Grant 2: Support for businesses with no ongoing fixed commercial property costs

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • is based in Kirklees
  • does not have ongoing fixed commercial property costs (e.g. you operate from your home or other domestic property, are a mobile business, or a business with short term rental arrangements such as hairdressers renting a chair or daily licenced market traders)
  • was trading on 1 April 2021
  • has been closed or severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

The following businesses are eligible:

  • Businesses operating in following sectors or their supply chain:
    • Non-essential retail
    • Hospitality
    • Leisure (including gyms, sports, entertainment and events, and tourist attractions)
    • Tourist accommodation
    • Personal care

What you will get

All eligible businesses will receive a final one-off payment of £1,500

Businesses that have already received payments from previous ARG schemes do not need to re-apply

You will be sent an email with a link to a short online self-certification form, asking you to confirm that your circumstances have not changed and that you continue to be able to accept the grant under new subsidy allowance rules.

You should receive your email by no later than 30th April. You should complete the self-certification form as soon as possible and by no later than 14 May. Payments will then be made automatically using the information from your previous applications.

Any businesses that have not received an ARG grant to date will be required to complete the online application below. Applications will remain open until 14 May 2021 and grant payments will be made by 30 June 2021.

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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  • 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:

Subsidy allowance

Since leaving the EU state aid rules have been replaced by new subsidy allowance legislation. This determines how much public funding a business is lawfully able to receive.

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance - you're allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance - you're allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

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 is 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

Recovery Loan Scheme

Available until 31 December 2021

Access to finance for UK businesses of any size as they grow and recover from the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Individual businesses could borrow between £1,000 and £10million depending on the type of product (up to £30m available across a group). Products include term loans, overdrafts, asset finance and invoice finance.

Can be used for any legitimate business purpose, including managing cashflow, growth and investment.

Businesses that have previously taken out a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan, or Bounce Back Loan are able to access this scheme.

Apply for the Recovery Loan Scheme

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 plans

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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