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Financial support for businesses

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Required to Close

Applications for this fund are currently closed and being validated the grants team are working towards making payments from Friday 5 February. If we require additional information, we will make contact with applicants directly.

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Severe Impact

Please note the deadline has been met for this grant, we are currently going through the validation process and businesses will be contacted if eligibility criteria has not been met, or if additional information is required to validate the application. We are working towards making payments at the end of next week.

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum

This grant is to support businesses who are on the ratings list who have been forced to close during the national lockdown in November and the current lockdown. Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again, if you feel that you are eligible, have read the original policy here and have not been in receipt of a grant please email providing your business name, nature of business and rates number. Should you be successful following the application process you will then automatically receive the LRSG Closed Addendum and the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The deadline for this grant is 28 February 2021. North Kesteven District Council has contacted and paid pubs that previously applied to the LRSG (closed) Addendum in regards to the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs. If you have not been contacted and believe you are eligible, please contact  with the pub name and business rates number. To be eligible for this grant, pubs must derive less than 50% of their income from the sale of food. Pubs must also meet all other conditions set out in the Government guidance for this scheme, which can be found here

Jobs Fair

The third Jobs Fair in January, welcomed over 700 visitors to the live website. 70 exhibitors from across the Greater Lincolnshire area took part, with good representation from different sectors and similar numbers are expected for the fair in February.

The jobs fair is open to all individuals regardless of age, background or career-stage. For employers interested in registering for their free stand, please see here. The next fair will be on 25 February, 10am-1pm.

Almost 20,000 jobs protected by Film & TV Production Restart Scheme

Almost 20,000 jobs in film and television have already been protected by a government-backed scheme to get screen productions back up and running again, the Chancellor confirmed on Tuesday, 2 February.

  • More than 160 productions are benefiting from government-backed scheme to protect against Covid-related losses
  • Productions can resume filming thanks to insurance against Covid-related losses
  • The £500 million scheme, part of the Plan for Jobs, has protected 19,460 jobs across UK film and TV since launch four months ago

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

EU Transition guidance

All businesses can find out what has changed, and check their preparations, by visiting new video content from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The short, on-demand videos cover 18 topics, including importing and exporting, rules of origin and audit and accounting. Register now to immediately access the video content.

Changes to the Kickstart Scheme

The Government is making it easier for employers of all sizes to benefit from joining the scheme by removing the limit requiring they create a minimum of 30 vacancies to apply directly. From 3 February 2021, employers can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements, as the threshold of 30 job placements has been removed.

Government powers up electric vehicle revolution

The Transport Secretary has announced funding to increase the number of electric vehicle charge points. Streets up and down the country are set for more electric vehicle charge points following multimillion-pound government investment. Please see here for further information.

Webinars for the weeks ahead

09/02/2021 08:30-10:30  The Future of Sustainable Supply Chains           

10/02/2021 10:00- 16:20 Your Business Journey to Net Zero

10/02/2021 -18/02/2021 09:30-15:30 NBV | Starting in Business | 3 Day Online Course

11/02/2021 13:30-15:00 Having a website that works for your business

12/02/2021 13:00-14:00  Brexit - Where Are We Now