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Coronavirus business support grants and information

Several grant schemes are available to support businesses in Bexley which can be applied for online. Whether your business has been forced to close at any point or has been severely impacted by the various Tier restrictions and lockdowns in place since mid-October, please review the guidance below to see whether you would be eligible for one or more grants.

We will continue to circulate updated information on support for businesses through the Bexley for Business newsletter.

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National Restrictions Support Grant

Also known as the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme, this support is for ratepaying Businesses forced to close during the second national lockdown (between 5 November and 1 December 2020) and is open to applications. Further information and the application form is available at National Restrictions Support Grant.

Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector)

Businesses closed legally due to restrictions in place since 23 March such as Nightclubs and dance halls will be contacted directly in connection with the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Sectors closed since March).

Local Restriction Support Grant Tier schemes and Christmas Support for Wet-Led Pubs

If your business is in the hospitality, accommodation or leisure sectors and you have been required to close or been impacted by the move into Tier 2 (17 October to 4 November and 2 to 15 December) or Tier 3 (from 16 December) you may be eligible for a Local Restriction Support Grant payment based upon the rateable value of your premises and qualifying criteria.

In addition to this, there is also a Christmas Support Payment for Wet-led Pubs of £1,000 available in December. To be eligible the pub will need to certify that they receive less than 50% of their income from food sales.

The closing date for application is 31 January 2021.

Tier 4 and 3rd National Lockdown - Local Restrictions Support Grants

Bexley moved to Tier 4 on Sunday 20 December 2020.

Businesses forced to close such as non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses are also required to remain closed under the national lockdown starting on 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021.

Businesses that had previously received a national restrictions support grant will receive a further grant payment for Tier 4 and National lockdown without requiring to make an application. This will also include either a £4,000, £6,000 and £9,000 top-up payment (closed business lockdown payment) depending on the business rateable value.

A business who was the ratepayer on 5 January 2021 but was not previously trading will also be entitled to the National Lockdown payment and the top-up grant known as the closed business lockdown payment. These businesses will need to make an application and we will shortly have an application form available.

Additional Restrictions Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding has been introduced to help businesses that are not eligible for any of the other support grants as well as those operating in sectors particularly vulnerable within the London Borough of Bexley.

The Bexley ARG scheme comprises four grants for specific categories of business: non-ratepayer businesses closed due to the recent national lockdown; businesses indirectly impacted by lockdown closures; one-person businesses who can demonstrate significant hardship as a result of Covid19 and a top-up support package for Pubs, Bars and licenced Sports and Social Clubs.

Other support for businesses

Get up-to-date guidance for businesses from the UK Government, it helps employers and businesses provide advice to their staff on:

  • the novel Coronavirus
  • how to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus
  • what to do if someone has symptoms of Coronavirus has been in business settings
  • eligibility for sick pay

This guidance also provides details of support available to businesses.

The Bexley for Business website is maintaining a focused support page for with everything businesses, employers, and employees need to know about Coronavirus.

The London Growth Hub has brought together essential resources to help your business manage and mitigate its exposure to the impact of Coronavirus. This includes checklists to help prepare your business, contact details if you want one-to-one support and links to useful external resources.

Re-opening the High Street Safely (RHSS) programme

We are working with an experienced private sector retail expert to assist town centre businesses to trade safely (where allowed under government guidance) and remain viable despite the Covid19 restrictions. We are appealing for high street businesses in Bexley to have their say. Complete the Covid19 Business Survey.

Further information on how the RHSS programme could help your business will be announced soon.