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Financial support for businesses

Financial Business Support Post-April 2021

Following the Chancellors announcement on 3 March 2021 we are still awaiting official guidance and funding. We are hoping to receive an update from Government the week commencing 22 March 2021 and we will publish guidance on our website as soon as possible. For further information on the Chancellors announcement please see here.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

The closing date for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme for new applications is Wednesday 31 March 2021. If you have recently applied and we require additional information to validate your application please ensure this is submitted by 31 March.

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) (Required to Close)

The closing date for the ARG (Required to Close) scheme for new applications is Friday 19 March 2021. If you have recently applied and we require additional information to validate your application, please ensure this is submitted by 19 March 2021.

If the deadlines for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum and ARG (RtC) are not met applications will automatically become void. Please note there will not be an opportunity to appeal this decision.

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) (Sector Support)

We will be launching our new ARG Sector Support scheme Monday 15 March 2021. For further details on the application process and our official guidance on this new scheme, please keep monitoring our website. Full details will be shared by 16:00 on the 15 March.

We have officially launched our NK Plan 2021-24!

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The NK Plan is our three-year vision for how we’ll invest in our District, including in our local economy.

It’s backed by our 10-year Community Strategy, along with a sound financial plan which will see £230 million of capital investment in North Kesteven over the next decade including £91 million in the lifetime of the NK Plan.  

We’ve created a video presentation featuring a range of voices from our Council to take you through the plan. It’s ready now for your viewing pleasure. Just tap the image to watch it.

Budget 2021 Summary

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to Parliament on Wednesday 3 March 2021 around a three-point plan to protect jobs and strengthen public finances. Some of the measures announced in the Budget include:

  • An extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to September 2021 across the UK.
  • An extension of the UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme to September 2021.
  • £5 billion for new Restart Grants – a one off cash grant of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym businesses in England.
  • A new UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme and an extension to the VAT cut to 5%, for hospitality, accommodation and attractions across the UK until the end of September.
  • Extension of the apprenticeship hiring incentive in England to September 2021, and £7 million for a new "flexi-job" apprenticeship programme in England.
  • Small and medium-sized employers in the UK will continue to be able to reclaim up to two weeks of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee from the Government.
  • Build Back Better: this plan for growth sets out the Government’s plans to support growth through significant investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation, and to pursue growth that levels up every part of the UK, enables the transition to net zero, and supports our vision for Global Britain.

Greater Lincolnshire online jobs fair

Greater Lincolnshire LEP's next online jobs fair will take place on Thursday 25 March 2021, 10am-1pm. It will be hosted by Ruth Carver who will deliver the event’s welcome talk.

New exhibitors are encouraged to register, free of charge. For support and advice, please take a look at the website or contact if you require help setting up a virtual stand.

Businesses urged to keep COVID-19 risk assessments up to date

Every workplace should have a Covid-19 risk assessment that is regularly reviewed as circumstances change. For everything you need to consider and the actions you should take to control the risks and prevent the spread of the virus, watch this short video. Advice and an example assessment is available here.

Updated advice on talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus

The law says you must consult with your workers about reducing risks from coronavirus in your workplace.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guidance to help businesses have conversations with their workforce about providing support and keeping control measures in place.

Talking to your workers means you can explain changes you are making to keep the workplace COVID-secure and continue to run your business safely. It also gives workers the chance to:

  • Tell you if they are worried about any workplace risks
  • Influence decisions about health and safety

HSE has converted this advice to web pages so it is easier for people to find the information they need and they have expanded the guidance to include more advice on:

  • Supporting higher-risk groups
  • Returning to the workplace
  • Ventilation and air conditioning
  • Stress, mental health and wellbeing

The updated guidance will help you keep in touch with workers and support them as restrictions are eased in the coming months.

Free support for North Kesteven businesses

NKDC offers the service of a Business Support Adviser, Phil Means. Phil can assist businesses and provide bespoke advice and support.

If you are in business and feel you could benefit from free business advice please contact him. Either call Phil on 07920 472671 or email

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.

From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced each month and employers will be asked to contribute towards the cost of furloughed employees’ wages. Find out more about the changes here.

Claims for furlough days in February 2021 must be made by 15 March 2021.

Guidance has been updated with information about how employees can use their personal tax account to see if they were included in any December 2020 claims.

Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing

All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme.

Workplace testing is now available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employees. Businesses are encouraged to register interest by 31 March to access free workplace testing. Regular testing will be a vital part of the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease restrictions.

Supporting the reopening of outdoor hospitality

Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government confirms extension of pavement licences for a further 12 months. 

Making it easier and cheaper for pubs, restaurants and cafes to continue to make al fresco dining a reality with outside seating, tables and street stalls to serve food and drinks. Further information can be found here.

Kickstart Scheme

If you're an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Guidance has been updated with information about what employers should spend the £1,500 funding for setup costs on and with information about what to do if a young person leaves their job placement early.

Are you on social media?

If so, join our Business NK group here or follow us on twitter. We share information, support and advice on each platform.

Webinars for the week ahead

16/03/2021 10:00-14:00 NBV | Solutions Driven Cyber Security Master Class | Online

16/03/2021 13:30-15:00 Using LinkedIn to attract new business

18/03/2021- 26/03/2021 09:30-15:30 NBV | Starting in Business | 3 Day Online Course

18/03/2021 13:30-15:00  An overview of alternative social media channels to promote your business

19/03/2021 09:40-16:20 Your business journey to net zero