Coronavirus: Help for businesses and self-employed

National Lockdown restrictions have been eased

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

Furloughing (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme)

The furlough scheme closed on Thursday 30 September.

Coronavirus financial and other business support

Coronavirus business support Find coronavirus financial support for your business

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Since leaving the EU state aid rules have been replaced by new subsidy allowance legislation.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).

Kickstart work placement scheme

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.

Work placements - Kirklees Kickstart

Other Government advice and support for businesses

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

  • If you have a query about the COVID-19 business grants
  • Email
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