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Financial support for businesses

Business Support – Post February 16th

At this stage we do not have any information from Central Government regarding support for businesses post mid-February. As soon as we have information to share, it will be published on our website and in our weekly e-newsletter.

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).

Future Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Support

We are currently looking into different schemes to support businesses in sectors that have not been targeted as yet, so please check the website regularly for details. We want to support as many local businesses as we can, so therefore advise all businesses to keep an eye on the website as the situation changes and further category specific grants are tabled to launch. 

Work progressing at Discovery Court

Discovery Park

Work is progressing well on site at Discovery Court. The design and build contract between the Council and Lindum Group will provide 21,000 square feet of start-up and grow-on space in North Hykeham.

A total of 15 units will be delivered on Discovery Park, off Whisby Road ranging in size from 750 sq ft to 2,750 sq ft. For more information please contact Banks Long & Co on 01522 544515 or

Key Worker Testing Sites

Quick-response virus tests are available for anyone whose work currently requires them to work away from home or in a public-facing role. It allows critical workers to quickly identify whether they are fit and safe to work or whether they are carrying the virus asymptomatically.

This means that factory workers, health care workers, shop staff within essential retail, the self-employed, tradespeople and people who work in public-facing roles, alongside others or in other people's homes can get a free test to avoid the spread of the virus.

The Sleaford site is at Better Gym on East Road, NG34 7EH. It is open from 8am-8pm daily including weekends on a walk-up basis. Anyone who tests positive or has been in close contact with a positive case is require to self-isolate for ten days. For more information please see the section entitled Key Worker Testing Sites here. 

Help to plan the future of Sleaford

Sleaford Town Council has set up a working group of councillors and local people to produce their first Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Plan will give people more say in how the town develops.

Through the Neighbourhood Plan, the Town Council are inviting you to:

  • Provide information about your business and what it needs to thrive
  • Say where you want new homes, shops, schools, offices, or other buildings to be located, or not located
  • Influence the design of new buildings, roads, green spaces, leisure facilities and other developments

Sleaford Town Council want to hear from as many businesses as possible. By contributing to the Neighbourhood Plan you can make sure that decisions being made are the best for your business. To complete the survey please see here, the closing date for the survey is Sunday 28 February 2021. More details about the plan can be found on the Sleaford Neighbourhood Plan website. 

Lincolnshire County Council unveils £12m package of support for local economy

Local businesses could benefit from up to £10,000 of funding through a new grant scheme being planned by the county council.

In light of the economic impact of coronavirus, Lincolnshire County Council's Executive has proposed using some the authority's reserves to provide a £12m package of support for local firms, including business grants. The support is particularly aimed at those that have not benefited from the government's Covid support schemes and smaller businesses with 50 employees or fewer. More information here.

Please note this new grant scheme is being planned by Lincolnshire County Council, therefore all enquires should be sent directly to Lincolnshire County Council.

Bounce back loan borrowers can delay repayments by extra six months

Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through Covid-19 will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans.

  • Bounce Back Loan borrowers will now have the option to tailor payments according to their individual circumstances
  • Chancellor makes support even more generous with the option to delay all repayments for a further six months
  • Pay as You Grow will be available to over 1.4 million businesses, which collectively took out nearly £45 billion through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme

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

Support for retail businesses in North Kesteven

Since Phil Means has taken on the role of Retail Adviser, he has reached out to 186 retail businesses across the District offering bespoke support and advice. In addition to this, Phil has provided some thought provoking considerations for businesses on Life after Lockdown.

Going forward we want to explore new avenues of support for local businesses. We want this support to be specific and based on the current needs of the business community in North Kesteven. If you have any suggestions please send them directly to Phil via email.

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. The Kickstart Scheme has changed. You no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant. 

You can now apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either: 

  • Applying online yourself. 
  • Getting help from a Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme. 
  • Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. 
  • If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process, contact your local Kickstart Scheme contacts

Broadband competition for event venues: second round now open

As part of the Tourism Sector Deal and the UK Government’s International Business Events Action Plan, The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) launched a new scheme in August 2019 to improve broadband connectivity in event venues, enabling them to receive full fibre access.

The second round of the broadband competition for event venues is now open until 2nd March 2021. Applicants can apply for a portion of £200,000 funding towards the costs of digital infrastructure for their venues. Guidance on how to apply, eligibility and selection criteria for the competition can be found here.

Webinars for the weeks ahead

15/02/2021 10:00-12:00 Mental Health Training: Line Managers and HR

18/02/2021 10:00-11:15 Lincolnshire Cyber Security Forum - Online Meeting

18/02/2021 15:00-16:00 Covid - 19 Where Are We Now

19/02/2021- 26/02/2021 09:00-13:00  Smartphone Film Making