Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value over £15,000 and under £51,000 will also receive a cash grant of £25,000.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable of £15,000 or under will receive a cash payment of £10,000
All businesses in receipt of small business rates relief and rural rate relief – regardless of sector – will be eligible for a cash payment of £10,000.
We have issued a letter to all businesses who qualify for the grants with instructions on what you need to do to receive the grant. You should have received a letter from us by 5 April.
If you have not received a letter or have any queries on our business grants please use the link below:
In response to the coronavirus, the Government announced there would be support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
Grant funding is available for small businesses and charities with fixed property-related costs and are not eligible for any other central Government COVID-19 related schemes.
The following businesses will be prioritised for grants:
Applications will be assessed against the Council’s Discretionary Scheme Policy and the grant award will be determined by taking into the account the scale of the businesses lost income due to COVID-19, their current trading position and level of fixed property related costs being incurred.
Most awards will be below or capped at £10,000
The deadline for applying for this grant is the 8th June 2020.
It is anticipated payments will be made week commencing 15 June 2020.
All local businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors will pay no business rates in 2020-21.
There will be no need for businesses to apply for the relief.
We have issued amended Business Rates bills to those businesses that will qualify for 100% Business Rate Retail Relief. You should have received contact from us by 1 April.
If you have any queries about not receiving an amended bill and you think you qualify or anything to do with business rates please use the link below:
The Government are helping businesses and their employees during this difficult time.
They can give you financial help and support, general advice and more.
You can find out more information on the Business Support website.
Following the government’s advice to work from home wherever possible, premises may be left empty and in some cases water may stagnate within systems including pipes and toilets, leading to a risk of Legionnaires disease.
We recommend that you:
You can visit the Health and Safety Executive’s website for advice on flushing and draining systems in buildings left unoccupied for long periods of time.
For more advice, contact:
Government to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways.
The government will set out measures so that pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways to serve people having to stay at home.
Relaxation of planning measures will be introduced as soon as possible and will apply for a limited period. Currently, planning permission is required for businesses to carry out this change.
If you are intending on exercising your temporary permitted rights as set out by Official legislation to change the use of a building and any land within its curtilage from:
to a use, at any time during the period 24 March 2020 and ending on 23 March 2021 for the provision of a hot food takeaway then you need to do the following:
However the new temporary permitted development rights only apply where conditions have not been imposed removing the right to use the premises as a take-away.
If you are uncertain of whether rights have been removed to use the premises as a take-away please contact us.
What we will do:
Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, you can continue to operate, but you must do so in a safe manner. Ensure that you follow the Government's full guidance for food businesses on coronavirus.
If you (or any employees) become unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature then you must follow the stay at home guidance.
If you’re a pub, restaurant, café or leisure venue that provides food, you may be thinking about delivering the food you make to your local community.
Food businesses must be registered as a food business with us first to be able to sell or supply food. If you are changing what you do, such as undertaking home deliveries and or different foods which could be ready to eat ‘high risk’ foods you must tell us.
As well as your normal safe control measures for preparing food safety, consider the following:
Set up an area for customers to stand, ensuring they are distanced from staff and other customers.
Ensure you have a system in place to ascertain whether customers are self-isolating, so that staff can be aware of this and appropriate precautions can be taken. For example, leaving deliveries at the customers doorstep, rather than handing it over to them, then knocking on the door /phoning the customer to alert them, stepping back and waiting nearby for your customer to collect the food.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has provided advice for selling food online, for takeaway or delivery.
You will need to apply social distancing as described under 'Contact free service and delivery', but also the following:
The Government have issued guidance on COVID-19 for employees and businesses.
Email us if you're changing what you do.
The minimum income threshold for Universal Credit will be temporarily removed for those directly affected by COVID-19 or in self-isolation, providing compensation for any income losses.
Universal Credit will be available to those directly affected by COVID-19 or in self-isolation, with no need to attend a job centre.
At present, single claimants under the age of 25 are eligible for a monthly entitlement of £251.77, while those aged 25 and over can claim £317.82.
You can apply online
You can find details of your nearest Job Centre Plus here or contact the Maidstone office on 0800 169 0190.
ESA will be available to those directly affected by COVID-19 or in self-isolation, from the first day of sickness rather than the eighth day. At present, single claimants under the age of 25 can claim up to £57.90 per month, while those aged 25 and over can receive up to £73.10
HMRC has launched a helpline for businesses and the self-employed concerned about paying tax due to COVID-19. Businesses may be eligible to receive financial support, on a case-by-case basis, through the 'Time to Pay' support scheme. HMRC's dedicated helpline number is 0800 0159 559.
HMRC will also waive penalties related to late payments and interest in cases where a business has administrative problems in contacting them or paying taxes as a result of COVID-19.
A temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme administered by the British Business Bank, which supports businesses in accessing bank loans (worth up to £1.2 million) and overdrafts - approach one of the 40+ accredited lenders with a borrowing proposal.
A delay to proposed IR35 tax reforms - measures aimed at clamping down on tax avoidance by targeting contractors who provide the same services as employees (but which has affected freelancers more widely) - will now be delayed by one year, to April 2021.
Statutory sick pay is not applicable for the self-employed, as this is money paid by employers. The above-mentioned adjustments around Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance are designed to ease the burden on the self-employed.
You should be aware that from the 23rd March 2020 The Prime Minister announced the closure of all non-essential shops and public places. You can find details as to whether your business is essential or not under the GOV.UK guidance.
Any business failing to adhere to government advice will be formally closed.
Find out more information on the changes to health and safety on our Health and Safety pages.
COVID-19 is mainly passed on by person-to-person spread between people who are in close contact with one another and by droplets produced when an infected person coughs and sneezes. It can also spread through contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it. Cleaning helps minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Fortunately, normal cleaning methods do kill the virus. You can find guidance on cleaning in non healthcare settings on GOV.UK.
There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is being transmitted by money however that’s not to say that it cant be transmitted through handling money we just don’t have the evidence. The best advice is to where possible use contactless. You should wash your hands after handling money, especially if handling or eating food. Doing so is “good hygiene practice”.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available. The government is in contact with airlines, foreign governments and local authorities to ensure British people travelling abroad can return to the UK as soon as possible. If you’re unable to leave at this time, you should:
You must follow the advice of local authorities. Your safety and security is the responsibility of the local authority where you are.
All the latest most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 can be found on GOV.UK.