Guidance and support for businesses

Coronavirus business support grants and information

Government Grant schemes have now closed for new applications.

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Bexley Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme is now closed to new applications. ARG funding was 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.

For further guidance on the Bexley ARG scheme - particularly for those who have applied and await news on their application - please visit Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

Other support for businesses

As England moves to Stage 4 of the Government’s Roadmap out of Coronavirus restrictions, guidelines have been published on how businesses can fully open whilst helping their staff and customers to stay safe.

You can view the latest guidance for businesses related to Stage 4, please visit GOV.UK - guidance on Working Safely during COVID-19.

Re-opening the High Street Safely programme

Throughout the Stages emerging from lock down we have been working with an experienced private sector retail expert to assist town centre businesses to re-open trade safely and remain viable despite COVID-19.

You can still access this support via a dedicated website, COVID-19 Business Support Programme.

Bexley Local Restrictions Grants Privacy Notice

The London Borough of Bexley takes your privacy seriously. This notice sets out what we will do with your personal information and who we may share it with.

How we use your information

We collect your information to undertake assessment of applications for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open), Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed), Closed Business Lockdown Payments and the Restart Grant to enable us to make payments for those successful applications.

In doing so, we may collect:

  • contact details (name / address / telephone number)
  • financial information about your business
  • information about staffing in your business
  • copies of business bank statements to prove your business address and financial status
  • your latest business accounts
  • Unique Tax Reference Number
  • Company Number / Charities Commission number
  • copies of identification documents (e.g. copy of passport photo page or driving license)

The personal information you provide will not be used for any other purpose unless required by law, to prevent or detect crime or to protect public funds.

Length of time we keep your information

We will record and retain records of individual payments of Grant. This information will be stored in accordance with all relevant data protection requirements such as the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and shared with Government upon request. We will keep your personal information for 7 years from successful award of the funding (6 years plus the current year). 

Sharing your information

The information will be used by the Government for monitoring and evaluation purposes, as well as for prevention and detection of fraud and/or other criminal activities and for suspension and/or recovery of the grant where necessary. The Government may share information for the purpose of counter fraud activity and debt recovery with other government departments, agencies and/or local authorities. 

Your information may also be shared with authorised bodies where the Council is required to do so by law or to protect public funding from fraud. This will at all times be in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Retention and transferring of data outside of the EU

We will at all time hold your information securely, in hard copy format, electronically or both.

Your personal data will be kept secure by the Council and will be kept within the European Economic Union (EEU). Where the Council uses a third party to store your personal data and it is stored outside of the UK/EEU, the Council will ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to keep your personal data secure.

Individual rights

You have a number of rights under the General Data Protection Regulations. To exercise these rights, please contact:

The Data Controller for your information

The Data Controller for the information you provide for this service is the London Borough of Bexley and the Data Protection Officer is Kevin Fox, Data Protection Officer, London Borough of Bexley, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT.

You can contact the Data Protection Officer:

  • by email to data.protection@bexley.gov.uk
  • telephone 020 8303 7777
  • or write to them at London Borough of Bexley, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT

The right to lodge a complaint

If you are not happy with how we have handled your personal data, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner's Office to make a complaint. You can:

  • telephone them on 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a national rate number
  • visit their website at www.ico.org.uk
  • Write to them at:
    Information Commissioner's Office
    Wycliffe House
    Water Lane
    Wilmslow
    Cheshire SK9 5AF