Support, Advice and Funding
Brentwood Open / Shenfield Open / Ingatestone Open posters
We have produced a library of COVID-19 Secure posters for shops, restaurants, pubs, salons and offices to download and print.
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 still open, please go to our Business Rates web page for information on how to apply.
Brentwood Discretionary Business Grant scheme
Brentwood Borough Council has distributed £904,000 of government funding to 170 local businesses via Brentwood Discretionary Business Grants of £2k, £5k and £10k. The scheme is now closed.
Eat Out to Help Out
Local restaurants are encouraged to sign up for the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which runs from 3-31 August. Read more about how to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in.
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
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.
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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Contact the Brentwood Borough Council Economic Development team
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