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Coronavirus business support

**UPDATE: 15 January 2021**

You are now able to apply for Business Support Grants.

Business Rate Payers

If you’re a business rate payer and you’ve previously been paid a grant for Tier 2, we have automatically made a grant payment for the December restrictions and January lockdown periods.

If you are a business rate payer and you’ve previously been paid a grant for the November lockdown period, we have contacted via email with further instructions to apply. You will need to reply to this email to confirm that the details we hold on your business are correct and confirm your continued eligibility. We will then make the appropriate payment based on your rateable value.

If you have not received a grant covering the November lockdown and further tiered restrictions, you will need to apply through the link below on the drop down menu.

Non Business Rate Payers

If you do not have a business rates account you may still be eligible for grant funding through our discretionary business grant fund. Please see the relevant drop down menu below.

** END OF UPDATE **

  1. Business Rate Payers

    Please read to ensure that you apply for the correct grant:

    For the purposes of this web form, the grant is titled: Local Restriction Support Grant

    If you’re a business rate payer and you’ve previously been paid a grant for Tier 2, we have automatically made a grant payment for the December restrictions and January lockdown periods.

    If you are a business rate payer and you’ve previously been paid a grant for the November lockdown period, we have contacted via email with further instructions to apply. You will need to reply to this email to confirm that the details we hold on your business are correct and confirm your continued eligibility. We will then make the appropriate payment based on your rateable value.

    If you have not received a grant covering the November lockdown and further tiered restrictions, you will need to apply through the link below.

    Key Grant Criteria:

    To qualify, your business must be in the South Somerset District Council area and must have been:

    • open as usual before the lockdown restrictions (this could be as early as November for some businesses)
    • required to close due to restrictions imposed by government (view the full list here)
    • are a Business Rate Payer

    If your business premises is closed but you are operating a click and collect service, you can still apply. This could be a pub or restaurant operating a takeaway service, or a shop offering home delivery as an alternative to your usual business.

    Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant.

    This scheme will close for applications on 31st March 2021.

    You can view the Government’s guidance documents here.

    Grant Sizes:

    After completing this grant form, South Somerset District Council will assess your eligibility for all grants since the November National Lockdown. For this reason, grant payments will be significant for some businesses.

    Grants covering the current National Lockdown will range from £6,001 – £13,000 depending on the rateable value of your business.

    Applying:

    APPLY HERE

  2. Non Business Rate Payers and severely affected Business Rate Payers

    Please read to ensure that you apply for the correct grant:

    For the purposes of this web form, the grant is titled: Additional Restrictions Grant

    This grant is intended to cover the period of national lockdown restrictions that commenced on 5th January 2021.

    If you do not have a business rates account or your business has not been mandated to close (but you have been severely affected) you may still be eligible for grant funding through this discretionary business grant fund.

    If your business was unsuccessful in our previous discretionary scheme (November) we would encourage you to apply again. We have been able to broaden the criteria as a result of additional funding from Government.

    If your business was successful in receiving a November Discretionary (ARG) grant payment, we encourage you to apply again.

    When applying, please click the ‘Non Business Rate Payer’ application lockdown. The online form can be accessed through the link below.

    Businesses cannot claim a Mandatory Business Grant and a Discretionary Grant.

    This scheme will be open for 4 weeks and will close for applications on 12th February 2021.

    Key Grant Criteria:

    • Businesses that are required to close but fall outside of the rating system
    • Businesses that are not required to close but are severely impacted by the restrictions put in place and have experienced a 25% decrease in income.

    Eligibility:

    • Applications will be accepted from businesses that have been required to close or, where they are allowed to remain open but have suffered significant loss in trade
    • The business must have fixed ongoing costs which are unavoidable
    • The business must have experienced a reduction in income due to the crisis and not through a general failure in the business
    • The business must have been trading the day prior to national restrictions being imposed (for some businesses this could be as early as November)
    • In all cases businesses must prove that it is a clearly defined business, undertaking a recognised trade. All businesses must provide evidence of trading such as VAT registration, business bank accounts, business accounts or detail of company registration if appropriate
    • The business must not be excluded from the grant scheme as prescribed by Government

    Grant Sizes:

    • To reflect the increased amounts within the Government’s Mandatory scheme we have decided increase the grant sizes from our previous discretionary scheme

    Eligible businesses could receive a maximum amount of £9,000 through this scheme.

    Applying:

    APPLY HERE

  3. Track & Trace QR codes for businesses plus downloadable signs

    From 24 September, designated venues in certain sectors will be required by law to display an official NHS QR code poster at their venue. This will make it easier for customers with the app to check-in and allow NHS Test and Trace to alert users and provide them with public health advice in the event of a coronavirus outbreak linked to a venue. To find out more about QR posters or to create one for your business click here.

    Businesses and venues that are not currently expected to maintain visitor logs are encouraged to display official NHS QR codes if they have indoor areas where visitors are likely to congregate or sit-down in close contact for 15 minutes or more.  By using the NHS QR code system, businesses will be helping to protect themselves and their customers from the impact of the virus.

    Below is more information regarding the NHS COVID-19 app, you can also find out more information regarding COVID guidelines here.  

    • The app has a number of tools to protect people, including contact tracing, checking into venues through an in-built QR code scanner, risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.
    • The NHS COVID-19 app is now available across England and Wales, following positive trials in Newham, on the Isle of Wight and with NHS Volunteer Responders
    • The app is part of the NHS Test and Trace service and NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. It alerts people at risk of coronavirus, asking them to isolate before they potentially pass the virus on to others.
    • The app will be a vital new pillar to enhance both the English NHS Test and Trace service, and NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect.
    • Following trials and rigorous testing, the app has proven to be highly effective when used alongside traditional contact tracing to identify contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.
    • The more people that do the right thing - by using the app, and self-isolating when alerted - the more we keep each other safe and stop infection rates rising.
    • From launch, the NHS Covid-19 app will be interoperable between English and Welsh users, meaning contacts between citizens in both countries can be detected and acted upon.

    We want to do all we can to help enforce the government's social distancing measures. Therefore, we have produced downloadable signs for shopkeepers, and other business owners, to use in their shop fronts and throughout their premises

    View and download signs and resources

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