Financial support is available for businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Assistance with business rates
The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief Scheme provides business rates relief to eligible occupied retail, hospitality and leisure properties in 2022/23. The amount of relief is 50% of the business rates bill.
Your business rates bill for 2022/23 includes this relief if your business is eligible. In some circumstances, you may have to complete a form either to accept the relief and declare you comply with a cash cap and exemption threshold ('Form A') or to refuse the relief ('Form B').
For full details, go to Retail, hospitality and leisure relief 2022/23.
Grants you can no longer claim
Small and medium-sized businesses could apply for business adaptation grant towards the cost of adaptations needed for coronavirus (COVID-19) safety, where eligible costs were more than £1,000. Businesses could receive funding to cover 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum grant of £2,500. The closing date for applications was 31 March 2022.
The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme offered support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant meant some businesses were likely to struggle during the weeks from December 2021. Eligible businesses could apply for a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000. The closing date for registration was 18 March 2022.
Businesses impacted by the Omicron variant from December 2021, but not eligible for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, could for apply for an Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant. This was a discretionary grant with limited funding, so payment of up to £6,000 was offered to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis. The closing date for applications was 18 March 2022.
Grants schemes closed in 2021
Businesses impacted by the delay in easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 21 June 2021 to 19 July 2021, that were not automatically eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant, can no longer apply for discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant support. The closing date was 8 October 2021.
Businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors can no longer register for a one-off Restart Grant. The closing date was 30 June 2021.
The following support schemes ended before June 2021:
- tier 2/3/4 or national restrictions support, 2 December 2020 to 29 March 2021
- tier 2/3/4 and national restrictions discretionary support, 2 December 2020 to 31 January 2021
- national restrictions support, 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020
- national restrictions discretionary support, 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020
Grants schemes closed in 2020
The following government schemes ended on 28 August 2020:
- Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)
- Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme
Further information and advice
For government information and advice, go to GOV.UK: coronavirus (COVID-19).