Support, Advice and Funding
Brentwood Discretionary Business Grant Scheme
Applications open on Tuesday 26 May for the Brentwood Discretionary Business Grant Scheme.
Brentwood Borough Council has been allocated approximately £900,000 in government funding to support certain businesses and charities who have been impacted by COVID-19 but were not eligible for either the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund or the Small Business Grant Fund. This additional funding is aimed at businesses who have ongoing fixed property-related costs.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to a maximum of up to £25,000 in exceptional circumstances. As there are limited resources available, we expect most grants awarded will be under £10,000. You can view the full eligibility criteria in our Brentwood Discretionary Business Grant Scheme policy.
You can apply online for the Discretionary Business Grant Scheme from Tuesday 26 May until Sunday 7 June 2020.
To apply please complete the Brentwood Discretionary Grant Fund application form
Which businesses will benefit from the grant
- Businesses with ongoing fixed building-related costs
- Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
- Small Businesses as defined by the Company Act 2006
- Businesses that were trading on 11 March 2020
- Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
The following businesses will be prioritised for grants:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces (examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment)
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment and who are trading in Brentwood
- Bed & Breakfast businesses which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief
Properties that will NOT qualify for grant
This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which have received cash grants from any central Government COVID-19 related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. Such grant schemes include but are not limited to:
- Small Business Grant Fund
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
- The Fisheries Response Fund
- Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS).
- The Zoos Support Fund
- The Dairy Hardship Fund
Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
How much relief will be available
The Council will prioritise which types of businesses will receive funding and determine the level of award taking account of the level of income reduction due to COVID-19 and the size of the business.
Most awards will be below or capped at £10,000.
Where the Council considers a business to be in exceptional hardship and whose activity supports important sectors of the local economy or community, awards of up to £25,000 will be considered..
If you are a home-based business or operate from a premise with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, please fill in this Discretionary Grant Expression of Interest form so that we can understand the level of additional support needed for our local economy.
Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds update
Applications for COVID-19 Small Business Funding Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants are now open, please go to our Business Rates web page for information on how to apply.
Business support packages
Visit GOV.UK for the latest information on the government’s business support packages.
This is regularly updated and includes information on:
- the job retention scheme
- deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
- statutory sick pay rebate
- business rates holiday
- small businesses grants
- access to finance
Other guidance and support is available for:
- protection from eviction for commercial tenants
- financial assistance for employers unable to pay statutory redundancy payments
Support for the self-employed
The government has announced grant support for self-employed workers. This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. It will be available from June 2020.
In the meantime, if you have a low income, consider claiming tax credit. If you're already claiming tax credit or Child Tax Credit, you may need to let HMRC know about your change in circumstances because of the coronavirus.
An independent calculation of your entitlement can help you to make an informed choice.
Guidance on further businesses and premises to close
View the current guidance on which businesses and premises must close and the exceptions to each category.
Guidance on getting back to work safely
Information and advice for both employers and employees is available on our Getting Back to Work Safely web page.
Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments
The government has announced that no business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next 3 months.
Online retail and postal services
Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Helpful resources for employers and employees
- Government guidance on social distance measures (pdf)
- Coronavirus business support from government
- COVID-19: guidance for employees
- Support for businesses from outside of government
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support FAQs
- Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (pdf poster)
- the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), who link to support available for businesses
- the Federation of Small Businesses, who give advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed
- the BEST Growth Hub, who list regional and national organisations that can help businesses
- ACAS, who offer a range of advice and support to businesses
- the University of Essex has created a range of business webinars
- You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice on 0300 456 3565. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.
- HMRC operates a helpline for businesses on 0800 0159 559.
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Last updated: 22 April 2020