Coronavirus Business Support

Business Rates Grants 2020 to 2021

Additional Restrictions Grant – Phase 2

Applications are now being welcomed for Additional Restrictions Grant – Phase 2. To be eligible for this scheme you must be a Taxi Driver Licenced by Southend Borough Council or a Business that is able to demonstrate business related costs (excluding domestic mortgage or any part thereof) and a reduction in their income of at least 25% as a result of COVID-19 from 5 November 2020. This includes both businesses that appear on the Business Rates Rating List and those that do not.

To apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant – Phase 2 payment please click this link:

Additional Restrictions Grant - Phase 2 Application Form

Eligibility Criteria applies for this grant stream and applications must be made by 25 June 2021. Please see this page for full details: Full guidance for Additional Restrictions Grant - phase 2 application

In respect of businesses on the Business Rates Rating List the person who according to the billing authority’s records is the current ratepayer in respect of the hereditament is eligible for the grant.

The following business types that have a Business Rates liability of £51,000 or more will not be eligible to apply:

  • Car Showrooms 
  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Property Management
  • Service Stations
  • Golf Courses
  • Theatres
  • Museums
  • Leisure Centres
  • Public Houses
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Amusement Arcades
  • Retail

Businesses will need to notify their Local Authority if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria for additional grants at any point in any local restrictions period. For example, if they become insolvent.

Restart Grants - April 2021

Due to Central Government requiring additional information as part of the administration of this grant an online application form will be required. 

To apply for a Restart Grant, please click this link: 

Application Form for Restart Grant

The Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym businesses in England.

This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in Financial Year 2021-2022.

This scheme starts on 1st April 2021 and payments cannot be made before this date.

The Restart Grant will support businesses, by way of one-off grants:

Non-essental business premises

Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of:

  • of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym business premises

Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of:

  • of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000

This scheme is only for ratepayers of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises and the business must still be trading on 1st April 2021. Your business will still be considered trading if it has been required to close due to government restrictions.

Businesses defined as “essential” retail premises and those outside of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, along with businesses not in the rating system, in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made, are not eligible for this scheme.

The funding for this scheme will be provided in April and the Government have made it clear that Local Authorities should not begin making any payments before the 1st April 2021.

Local Restriction Support Grants

This scheme is now closed with the final date to submit an application being 31st May 2021.

Full eligibility criteria

Additional eligibility criteria apply for each grant scheme. If you would like full information, see our business support grant guidance for Southend-on-Sea based businesses: Full business support grant guidance

Who can apply for this funding?

To qualify for the grants currently available, your business must have fixed premises related costs.

The person who according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the date of the first full day of local restrictions is eligible for the grant.

Businesses will need to notify their Local Authority if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria for additional grants at any point in any local restrictions period. For example, if they become insolvent.

If you do not have fixed premises, see GOV.UK's information on business support for other financial support schemes.

Eligible business types

The following types of business can apply, , please refer to criteria for each scheme for further details, whether the main part of the business has been required to close, or whether they can remain open but have been severely impacted by the restrictions.

Eligible businesses include those in the following sectors:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Sports facilities
  • Hospitality businesses
  • Suppliers to the retail and hospitality sectors
  • Event and event hire companies
  • Tourism

What you will need

Before starting the application process for the support grants, please ensure you have read through the eligibility criteria below and have the following information to hand:

  • Business Rates Account Number
  • Company Number
  • SIC Code (as per companies house)
  • Number of employees
  • Unique tax reference
  • National Insurance Number
  • VAT Registration Number
  • Date your business commenced trading
  • Bank details (Account name, sort code and account number)

Additional information or evidence may be required at the assessment stage.

Please ensure your supporting documents are:

  • good quality and readable
  • in a common file format, such as PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • a maximum file size of 20MB 

Appeals and updates on the processing of grants

The Business Rates team process Business Grants. Should you need to discuss your ongoing application please either contact the team via email or telephone on 01702 215001 to discuss directly with a member of the team. Please wait ten (10) days from your application before contacting the team to enquire.

Other support available

If you are not eligible for a discretionary grant, you may be eligible for other government business support.

For further information on help available to businesses please go to Coronavirus Business Support. This page is updated as and when new information is provided.

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