Help for businesses
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents a significant challenge to businesses around the globe.
The government has announced a range of advice and support measures for employers and businesses over the past few months. You can find full details of these and any new information on GOV.UK.
We are working to implement these measures and to support our local businesses as efficiently as possible. We recognise this is a concerning time for our residents and businesses alike and the situation is changing on a daily basis. We will continue to bring you the most up-to-date advice by updating our website and social media.
Find out about the latest health information on the NHS website.
You can find details and information on specific measure and support on:
Additional Restrictions Grant
The application window for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme, covering the impact of the lockdown restrictions from 3 December 2020 to 8 March 2021, is now closed.
Business Adaptation Grant
Essex County Council has allocated £198,000 in financial support to help the businesses in our district impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
We are offering Grants of £500, £1,000 and £1,500 these will be awarded based on the need of individual businesses.
Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
On 5 January, the government announced that businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off top up grant.
The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment supports businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions that began on 5 January 2021.
Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £9,000.
We will automatically process these payments to all the eligible businesses registered on our system. Businesses will not need to reapply for this grant.
The deadline to apply for the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment is 31 March 2021.
Essex County Council Additional Business Support Fund and Business Adaptation Grant Schemes
We are waiting for the funding to be released from Essex County Council before we can open up applications for these two schemes. We will advise via our Braintree District Business Facebook group and Business Newsletter once the application window is open.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)
This grant is for business rate payers mandated to close due to local or national restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (open)
This grant is for business rate payers not forced to close, but impacted by the social restrictions imposed at High Alert (Tier 2) and Very High (Tier 3) levels.
This support is for businesses within the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.
The Restart Grant scheme supports eligible businesses with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions lift.
New government policy on retail opening hours
Find out about the new government policy on extended opening hours for retail businesses.
You can call the Government's helpline on freephone 0800 998 1098 for free, impartial advice and business support. the Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 6.00pm.
You can also contact our teams for help, advice and support:
Other useful contacts include:
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We are keeping these channels up to date with the latest news and information for businesses.