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

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.

We will update this page if we make more phases available. We also advise businesses via our Braintree District Business Facebook  group and Business Newsletter.

Find out about the additional restrictions grant

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 business adaptation grant

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.

The eligibility criteria has now been published on GOV.UK. The full details can be found in our closed businesses lockdown payment policy.

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

Essex County Council has released further funds to local authorities to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.  

We are currently working to develop an application process for both the Additional Business Support Fund and Business Adaptation Grant schemes and 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.

Find out about the grant

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.

Find out about the grant

Restart Grant

The Restart Grant scheme supports eligible businesses with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

Find out about the restart 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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We are keeping these channels up to date with the latest news and information for businesses.

Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,
Braintree,
Essex,
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525