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Financial support for businesses


The Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Sector Support

The ARG Sector Support is now open and will target those businesses which have had limited support since lockdown restrictions were enforced in November 2020.

To be eligible for the ARG Sector Support a business must have either been trading on the 4 November 2020. For the full list of eligible sectors please refer to the ARG Sector Support Policy. If you think your business is eligible please apply here.

Applications will close on 31 March 2021 and grant payments will be made from Thursday 25 March 2021.

Financial business support post-April 2021

Following the Chancellor's 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 Chancellor's announcement please see here.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

The closing date for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme is Wednesday 31 March 2021, if you have already applied please do not apply again. 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)

Applications for the ARG (Required to Close) scheme close today (19 March). If you have recently applied and we have requested additional information to validate your application please ensure this is submitted as soon as possible.

Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park


Our £56 million Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park received consent on a hybrid planning application earlier this week. The scheme could bring up to 500 jobs for the area and will include a range of eco-conscious features, from native planting and walkways around attenuation ponds to energy-saving tech, to help set a blueprint for others to follow.

Already "significant interest" has been received from businesses interested in the units. For more information please see here.

Invest for the future grant

Lincolnshire County Council has developed the Invest for the future grant to help small and medium-sized businesses with up to 250 employees to grow. The expression of interest window is open until 26 March. Expressions of Interest will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

Grants of between £25,000 and £75,000 are available to provide a maximum of 25 per cent of funding. Applicants must provide the other 75% of project funding. For more information please see here.

Support for North Kesteven retail businesses reopening

In preparation for lockdown measures easing, we want to emphasise the fact that retail spaces in our towns and villages are safe and open for business. We want customers to feel confident and compelled to use the services on offer to support economic recovery.

Given this we want to work with retailers and parish councils on brightening up high streets across the District, producing a range of materials to celebrate the reopening of these spaces, all of which reinforce a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. If you own a high street business and wish to receive free materials such as window stickers or bunting please contact the team at

UK Investment Support Directory

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is expanding the UK Investment Support Directory, this is a great opportunity for UK businesses to promote their expertise to an international audience of investors.

The directory is designed to support the investment process by making information more accessible and is part of wider initiatives by DIT to increase foreign direct investment into the UK. It is free to join and receives an average of 3000 unique page views per month.

BEAT have launched a second round of applications for businesses to join the directory to add further depth and breadth to the expertise already represented by existing members. To apply, please complete the application form found here.

Applications will close on Friday 9 April. If you have any questions about the application process, please get in touch with the team at

EU Transition support

A list of government helplines for businesses has been published, organised by theme and key actions these can be found here.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has set up new helplines to assist UK businesses with enquiries related to the end of the Transition Period.

The Business Support Helpline (0800 998 1098) can help businesses in England identify the actions they need to take. Businesses can also call HMRC’s Customs and International Trade helpline and speak to an adviser on 0300 322 9434 or get in touch by emailing

You can also use the Brexit Checker tool on, which will provide you with a personalised list of the most up to date actions that your business needs to take.

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

Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing

Over 48,000 businesses have registered their interest in the government’s free workplace testing programme.

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.

£20 million SME Brexit Support Fund is now open for applications

SME's can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.

The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund enables traders to access practical support, including training for new customs, rules of origin and VAT processes.

Further support for commercial tenants

Government has announced that the ban on commercial evictions has been extended to 30 June 2021 to ensure businesses are supported as they re-open. Further information can be found here.

Help to plan the future of Sleaford

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

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 Friday 26 March 2021. More details about the plan can be found on the Sleaford Neighbourhood Plan website. 

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.

Webinars for the week ahead

22/03/2021 13:30-14:30  Managing and Leading Staff - The Impact of the EU Exit

23/03/2021 14:00-15:00 ChamberConnect: Post-Budget Employment Support Webinar

24/03/202113:00-14:00 NCSC Digital Loft: Cyber insurance guidance

24/03/2021 10:00-11:30 Paid Ads on Search and Display - Google

25/03/2021 09:30-11:00  Lincolnshire EU Exit Panel – Threats and Opportunities