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4 December 2020

Did Your Business Have to Close?

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If your business was ordered to close in November as part of the National Lockdown restrictions, you may be eligible for a support grant.

This email is being sent to all businesses who applied or were eligible for the earlier small business or retail, hospitality or leisure grants which were available in the Spring of 2020.

If you haven't applied yet, read on to find out if you're eligible, what you need to apply and how much you could receive.

If your business wasn't one which was forced to close, you could be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Is my Business Eligible for a Grant?

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To be eligible for the grant, businesses must:

  • Occupy and be liable for business rates on a property that appeared in the Local Rating list on 4 November 2020
  • Have been trading on 4 November 2020
  • Have been open as usual on 4 November, and providing in-person services to customers from their premises
  • Ordered to close from 5 November to visiting members of the public for a consecutive period of no less than 28 days as a result of the November National lockdown.

You can see the full list of businesses which were ordered to close here:

If your business wasn't ordered to close but was or is significantly affected, you may be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

What Do I Need to Apply?

Applying for the Grant is quick and easy.

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To apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant, click on one of the bars below.

Before you apply, make sure you have the following to hand:

  • Your business rates account number
  • A full bank statement, which shows your business or correspondence address and your account details. We'll also need to be able to see evidence of trading on your bank statement, such as credits and debits.
  • A unique identifier, which can be any of the following:
    • Company Reference Number (CRN) 
    • VAT Registration Number,
    • Self-Assessment/Partnership Number,
    • National Insurance Number,
    • Unique Taxpayer Reference,
    • Registered Charity Number

What if my Business Didn't Have to Close?

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If your business was not one which was ordered to close, but you were still significantly affected by the November restrictions or the current tier 2 restrictions, you can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

The ARG is designed to support businesses whose trade has been affected by the current restrictions. This includes:

  • Businesses which have been required to close but that do not have a business rates account
  • Businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
  • Businesses which were severely impacted by the current national restrictions

To apply for the ARG, please click on the button below. Make sure you read the information carefully to make sure you qualify. Remember it's more important to get the information in accurately than quickly!

To submit your application, you will need to have the following to hand:

  • Your business rates account number, if you have one
  • A unique identifier number - this could be a Company Registration number, a Unique Tax Reference Number, Charity number, VAT number or National Insurance number
  • Bank statements from September, October and November 2020. These must show evidence of trading (as in credits and debits on the account) for the period before the November National lockdown was introduced. They must show the name of the applicant or business name, and match the sort code and account number on the form. They must also show an address that matches the correspondence address entered.
  • Evidence of a drop in your trade - you can enter a description of your situation and link it to any documents you upload
  • Your net income for November in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and your pre-COVID average yearly turnover
  • Your fixed business costs for November
  • Details of any other funding you have received