Support and information for businesses and employers
There are two teams who can deal with coronavirus related business queries.
The Economic Development team
The ED Team can help with general queries and questions related to business but cannt advise on business grant applications. You can contact them by email or on 01702 215022.
The Business Rates team process Business Grants. If you have a query about business rates grants email the team directly. The team are offering a call back service - details of the information required can be seen on this page here: Business rates telephone call back service. More information about business rates grants can be found on the "What Southend-on-Sea Borough Council can do" page linked further down the page.
Please be aware that the information on this page will be changing regularly in line with new announcements. If you would like to receive business updates by email let us know.
Small businesses, as well as companies in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, have the opportunity to apply for a grant to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic. A simple form must be submitted by relevant businesses for the grant which applies to them, to ensure the council meets government requirements. Please see the Business Rates Grants 2020-2021 page for full details.
Use this service to find out if you should go back to work during this phase of coronavirus lockdown and what you can do if you should not be going into work. If you’re currently on furlough you can stay on furlough. However, if you are asked to come off furlough by your employer, you can use this service to find out if you should be going back into work, and how to return to work safely.
A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses in England previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. This grant is an additional fund to the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. It is aimed at certain small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. The scheme is funded by the Government.
Please check eligibility for application on this page first: What can we do to help your business
If you match the criteria for application, please ensure you fill out the form as soon as possible.
We have now received information about the Bounce Back Loans Scheme, which will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days.
What we can do to help businesses
Information about Small Business Grants, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants, business rates relief, commercial rent collection and BID (Business Improvement District) levy payments.
What Central Government are offering
Information about the various measures available and who is administering them, grants for self-employed workers, statutory sick pay and government backed loans (for businesses of all sizes).
Information about tax and the HMRC
Information about receiving support with tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.
Other useful links and awaiting further information
Links to information for charity businesses, government guidance for pubs and restaurants operating as takeaways, early years and childcare closures and other handy pages.