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Guidance and support for businesses
Coronavirus business support grants and information
Businesses may be entitled to support grants detailed below.
National lockdown and Tier restriction grants
The Council have issued payments for business grants for the following periods:
- Tier 2 Arrangements - 17 October 2020 to 4 November 2020 and 2 December 2020 to 15 December 2020
- Tier 3 Arrangements - 16 December 2020 to 19 December 2020
Businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors that were either required to close, or certain sectors which were impacted by the move into localised tier 2 or 3 arrangements may still claim grants.
For further information and to make an application for these grants visit Local Restrictions Support Grant - Tiers 2 & 3. Application for these grants will close 31 March 2021.
- 2nd national lockdown - 5 November - 1 December 2020. Applications close 31 March 2021
- Tier 4 arrangements - 20 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. Applications close 31 March 2021
- 3rd national lockdown - 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021. Applications close 31 March 2021
- Closed Business Lockdown Payment – A one-off payment for businesses entitled to the 3rd Lockdown grant from 5 January 2021 and it was included with that grant payment
- Christmas Support Payment for Wet-led Pubs of £1,000 available in December. Applications closed 28 February 2021
Further information and the application form is available at National Restrictions Support Grant.
- Local restrictions support grant (closed) addendum payment will also be payable to businesses forced to close due to the current national lockdown period from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021. We hope to commence payments by the end of March with applications closing 31 May 2021.The grant will be between £2,096 and £4,714 depending on the rateable value of the qualifying business.
Restart Grant scheme
A new Restart Grant scheme replaced Local Restrictions Grants (closed) and Local Restrictions Grants (open) from 1 April 2021.
The Restart Grant will be made available to qualifying (rated) non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses. The awards will be:
- non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, will receive a one-off grant of £2,667
- non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, will receive a one-off grant of £4,000
- non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive a one-off grant of £6,000
- qualifying Hospitality and Leisure properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, will receive a one-off grant of £8,000
- qualifying Hospitality and Leisure properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, will receive a one-off grant of £12,000
- qualifying Hospitality and Leisure properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive a one-off grant of £18,000
The local authority is mandated to undertake a number of pre-payment checks as well as collect further information from businesses for the restart grants.
This is a stricter position than that required for previous COVID-19 business support grant schemes and applies to all businesses even if a business grant has been previously paid.
The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.
These checks include:
Using the Government tool ‘spotlight’ tool which will flag where organisations have recently become inactive.
Using a counter-fraud bank account checker in partnership with Experian and the National Fraud Initiative. This tool will enable Local Authorities to:
- Verify the bank accounts of companies in receipt of these business grants; and
- Provide insight into whether the company was trading at the relevant date for these grants
Further information regarding qualification can be found at GOV.UK Restart Grant - guidance for local authorities
The application closing date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021.
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.
- For further guidance and to apply for the grant visit Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).
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.
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.
You have a number of rights under the General Data Protection Regulations. To exercise these rights, please contact:
- by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- or write to London Borough of Bexley, Business Rates, PO Box 368, Town Hall, Erith DA8 1UB
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 Nick Hollier, 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 email@example.com
- 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
Cheshire SK9 5AF