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New: Discretionary Restart Grant (ARG3)

sole traders and self-employed people

The Discretionary Restart Grant scheme (ARG3) is now open for applications.

The scheme is available for businesses in all sectors which were not eligible for non-discretionary Restart Grants but which have been forced to close or were severely impacted since 1st April 2021. Notably, this scheme makes it easier for the self-employed and sole traders to access funding, because they must now provide evidence of fixed costs at any level, (previously set at a minimum of £250 per month). Only businesses which can provide evidence of fixed costs are eligible.

Previous Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) recipients have been sent an access code by email, enabling them to make a streamlined application to access the additional funding.

New applicants can still apply without using an access code. Find out if you are eligible and apply for a Discretionary Restart Grant today.

Restart or Discretionary Restart? Which grant is right for me?

 Restart grant:

  • My business is registered for business rates, and;
  • My business operates from one of the following types of premises: non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises

 Discretionary Restart Grant

  • My business is not registered for business rates and was forced to close in early April, or;
  • My business was not forced to close but was severely impacted during the restrictions in early April (rated or non-rated)

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Grants closing soon

The Local Restrictions Support Grant will close on 31st May. It is for businesses which were: legally forced to close by Government from 16th February to 31st March, are registered for business rates, and are in the leisure, hospitality and non-essential retail sector.

The Restart Grant remains open for businesses registered for business rates and are in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors. However, this scheme will close on 30th June so please make sure if you haven’t claimed your grant and are eligible to do so, you apply ASAP.

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Free retail recovery programme

East Devon retail businesses can access 3 hours of free support funded by ERDF to kick start your business post COVID. Supporting you with Social Media, Selling Online and Digital Marketing Strategies: Build your client base; Use Social Media to Promote your products & services; Build a successful online shop.

This online retail recovery programme starts on 22 June and includes free workshops designed to reinvigorate your retail business and help you thrive in a digital world.

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Take the Leap: A Business Finishing School

Do you have an idea for a new business that you have researched and planned and are now getting close to launching? Do you need further help and guidance to ensure that your plans are watertight, your launch will be a success and your business will thrive?

Take the Leap is a fully funded six-week training programme designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs who already have a fully formed business concept that you are preparing to launch.

It will guide you through the practicalities and technicalities of how to build a business model around your idea and optimise your chances of success. It will help you to gain greater clarity over your ideal customer and the main problems that you are solving and it will provide some key marketing insights to help you effectively communicate the value that you offer. It will also explore lean start-up strategies and how you and your business can benefit from them.

Eligibility: pre-start businesses in Devon and Exeter (excl Torbay & Plym) with a clear business idea.

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