Business News: Essex Business Adaptation Fund, Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs and Businesses impacted while in Tiers 2 and 4.

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Essex Business Adaptation Fund has re-opened for applications

The Essex Business Adaptation Fund (EBAF) has re-opened for applications.  The criteria has been updated and grants are also now available to small and medium businesses that do not have fixed property related costs.

Essex County Council have provided the funding for grants of up to £500, £1000 and £1,500 per business for expenses incurred after 15 October 2020.

The grants will support these businesses to carry out adjustments to enable them to continue to operate, improve their business and ensure the health and safety of staff and customers.  Grants may also be used to develop new operating practices and diversify businesses in order to take advantage of new opportunities such as new click and collect, takeaway or delivery services.

Full details and eligibility criteria

The application window closes at 5pm on Thursday 14th January and grant monies must be spent by 12th February 2021.

It is recognised that there is insufficient funding available to cover all eligible businesses at the full grant value.  Applications will therefore be considered in order of receipt, with grants awarded until the funding has been exhausted.

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) is a one-off payment of £1000 to support 'wet-led' pubs through the festive period.

The payment is for the period 2 December to 29 December 2020, and is for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food. The pub must have been forced to close under local restrictions. 

⇒ Apply Online

Applications are open until 31st January.

Businesses impacted while in Tiers 2 and 4

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) Tier 2 and 4 will be available for businesses that are required to close under Tier 2 and Tier 4 restrictions in the Uttlesford area. Tier 2 restrictions came into effect from 2 December 2020 until 25 December and Tier 4 restrictions have been in place since 26 December 2020.

The amount of grant that you can apply for will depend on the rateable value of your business.

Applications will open shortly. 

⇒Further details 

If you have any questions about these grant schemes, please email

Useful links

► The government has a full range of business support measures available to UK businesses and employees

► Business support finder – find coronavirus financial support for your business

► The latest guidance on working safely

► The Skills Toolkit – free digital and numeracy courses to help build skills, progress in work and boost job prospects

► Digital Boost is a free platform uniting small businesses and charities with digital expert volunteers

► The Digital Skills Partnership offers free online learning