Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Financial support

You can find details and information on specific measure and support on:

Additional restrictions grant

This discretionary grant scheme seeks to help businesses who have been able to trade but have been severely affected by COVID-19 restrictions (from 5 November to 2 December), regardless of whether they pay business rates or not.

What help is available?

Applications will be assessed individually against the criteria, with grant payments being made based on the size of the business, using three payment bands of:

£1,334 for businesses occupying properties with a RV of £15,000 or under OR for non-rated properties a micro-business

£2,000 for businesses occupying properties with a RV of £15,001 to £50,999 OR for non-rated properties a small business

£3,000 for businesses occupying properties with a RV of £51,000 or over OR for non-rated properties a medium or large business

Payments of up to £10,000 will also be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Should my business apply?

This fund will support the following types of businesses:

  • Businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors
  • Businesses in the events sector
  • Businesses outside the business rates system e.g. market traders, businesses operating from home, shared space users and animal groomers and so forth
  • Bed and breakfasts, hotels and accommodation providers (businesses primarily home sharing are ineligible)
  • Taxi firms, licensed cabs and private hire vehicles
  • Community facilities (if excluded from other Local Restriction Support Grant schemes)
  • any other business that can evidence a strong business need

Which businesses are eligible?

To qualify for this grant, your business is a business within the Braintree District which:

  • is not part of a larger national chain or franchise
  • was trading on 4 November 2020
  • has relatively high on-going fixed costs e.g. business premises and/or equipment costs critical to the continued operation of the business (excluding staffing costs)
  • can evidence a significant 50% fall in turnover due to COVID-19

Which businesses are ineligible?

  • Businesses who have received a Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) will not initially be eligible, unless in exceptional circumstances.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made at the date of the restriction. 
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid.

How can my business apply for this grant?

Applicants must complete and return an application form.

The application window for this scheme, in its current form, will close temporarily on Friday, 22 January 2021.

We plan to open a second phase within the next few weeks, covering the period from December 2020, so that we can make another tranche of payments to businesses outside the scope of other schemes. 

Before applying make sure you read the full eligibility criteria in our additional restrictions support grant policy.

Email [email protected] or [email protected] to ask for an application form.

Fill-out the form in full, scan or take a photograph of it before emailing it to [email protected].

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.

Find out about the grant

Christmas Support Payment for wet pubs

At the end of last year, the government announced an additional £1,000 grant for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol, rather than food through the festive period.

This will cover businesses forced to reduce their operations as a result of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 regional restrictions put in place from 2 December 2020 to 19 December 2020 to contain transmission of the virus.

Find out about the grant

Local restrictions support grant (closed)

Businesses required to close because of national or local restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will be eligible for grants of up to £3,000 per month (pro rata) depending on the level of restrictions and the rateable value of their property.

Businesses can find their rateable value on their business rates bill or from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website.

Which businesses are eligible?

The eligibility criteria for this fund is set by Government. To qualify for this grant, your business must be in the Braintree District and has been:

  • trading as usual prior to the date the restrictions came into force
  • occupies property on which it pays business rates
  • mandated to close because of national lockdown or local restrictions 

Businesses which have set up a ‘click and collect’ service and restaurants providing a takeaway service will still be able to claim grants as long as their substantive business has had to close.

Note: Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent, or a striking off order was made at the time the local restrictions started.

Which businesses were mandated to close?

Type of business National lockdown between 5 November to 2 December Tier 2 restrictions between 2 to 15 December Tier 3 restrictions between 16 to 19 December Tier 4 restrictions and national lockdown from 20 December
Non-essential retail Yes No No Yes
Leisure Yes No No Yes
Personal care Yes No No Yes
Accommodation Yes No Yes Yes
Hospitality (excluding wet pubs) Yes No Yes Yes
Wet Pubs/Bars Yes Yes Yes Yes

Find the full list of businesses forced to close on the Gov.uk website

This funding is only available for businesses required to close because of legislation and is not available to businesses who have elected to close for other reasons.

How can my business apply for this grant?

Before applying make sure you read the full eligibility criteria.

For businesses affected by:

  • National lockdown between 5 November to 2 December 2020
  • Tier 2 restrictions between 2 Decembr to 15 December 2020
  • Tier 3 restrictions between 16 December to 19 December 2020

Read our local restrictions support grant policy .

For businesses affected by:

  • Tier 4 restrictions between 20 December 2020 to 5 January 2021
  • National lockdown from 6 January to 15 February 2021

Read our local restrictions support grant tier 4 only policy.

Businesses can apply for this grant using our online form.

Apply for closed support grant

Local restrictions support grant (open)

This grant allows discretionary payments of up to £2,100 per month (pro rata) to support businesses that were impacted by High Alert (Tier 2) and Very High (Tier 3) level restrictions, but not legally required to close.

Which businesses were impacted by the restrictions?

  • hotels, bed and breakfasts and accommodation
  • leisure
  • hospitality businesses

Which businesses are eligible?

To qualify for this grant, your business is within the Braintree District which:

  • was trading between the 16 October to the 4 November 2020 or 2 December to the 19 December 2020 or both
  • has a business premises
  • is in the hospitality, leisure, bed and breakfast or hotel sector

Note: Businesses within the hospitality sector that predominantly trade as a takeaway service are excluded from this grant.

How can my business apply for this grant?

For payments between 16 October and 4 November 2020

Applicants must complete and return an application form.

Before applying make sure you read the full eligibility criteria in our local restrictions support grant policy.

Email [email protected] or [email protected] to ask for an application form.

Fill-out the form in full, scan or take a photograph of it before emailing it back to [email protected].

Please note: We are closing the application window for payments between 16 October and 4 November at 5pm on Friday, 22 January.

For payments between 2 December and 19 December 2020

Businesses can apply for this grant using our online form.

Before applying make sure you read the full eligibility criteria in our local restrictions support grant policy.

Apply for open support grant

New government policy on retail opening hours

find out about the new government policy on extended opening hours for retail businesses.

Useful contacts

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 find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.

You can also contact our teams for help, advice and support:

Other useful contacts include:

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