Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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There are a number of disruptions to Council services because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check the link below before accessing any of our services.

For details of disruptions and for advice and guidance visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus

Financial Assistance

The government has announced a set of measures to provide support to businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19. Information on those measures can found at the Gov.uk website.

Be aware...

We are aware of at least one organisation that is claiming to offer support to help you find out if your business is eligible for a business grant. There is no need to use a 3rd party organisation to find out if you are eligible, it is likely that these organisations will ask for payment or take a portion of the grant. 

 

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Government has announced that additional funding is available for some small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs who have been significantly impacted by Covid-19 and were not eligible for the Discretionary Grants Fund Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Information about the announcement is available on the Gov.uk website.

Eligibility

Phase 1 of the scheme is limited to the 4 categories of business that the Government has asked local authorities to prioritise.  These categories are:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces in a commercial property.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief

This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-related scheme are ineligible for funding. These schemes include Discretionary Grants Fund Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

However, businesses who have applied for either the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme.

If there is any Government funding remaining after all of the allocations have been made to eligible businesses who apply during the first phase, the Council will consider opening a second phase.

How to access the scheme

Phase 1 of the scheme is open for applications now and will close on Monday 15th June at 5.00pm. Grants will be paid from week commencing Monday 15th June.

If your business is in one of the four categories listed above and you are paying ongoing fixed property related costs of £200 per month or more and can evidence that you are significantly impacted by Covid-19 you can apply for a local authority discretionary grant below: 

Apply for a Local Authority Discretionary Grant

We are not accepting applications from any other categories of business at this time.

How much grant am I entitled too?

The Council has access to limited funds from Government for this scheme. Grants awarded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council from this Fund, will be capped at £10,000.

In order for the Discretionary Grant to benefit the maximum number of eligible small businesses, it is proposed to have 2 levels of grants;

Level of Grant Property costs per annum Property costs per calendar month
£5,000 £2,400 - £7,200 £200 - £600
£10,000 Over £7,200 Over £600

Full guidance for the local authority discretionary grant scheme can be accessed here. If you have any questions about the scheme contact [email protected]

 

Grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000.

For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000, they will receive a grant of £25,000.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

How to access the scheme

We have paid the majority of grants in this category; if you have not received a grant and want to talk to us to find out if you may qualify, contact us at [email protected].  

 

Grant support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of of small business rate relief (SBBR) and rural rate relief (RRR). This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligibility

You are eligible if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR
  • you are a business that occupies property

How to access the scheme

We have paid the majority of grants in this category; if you have not received a grant and want to talk to us to find out if you may qualify, contact us at [email protected].  

 

Sports Grants

Sports England has launched a £20 million Community Emergency fund to help community sports and physical activity organisations experiencing short term financial hardship. To apply visit the Sport England website.

 

Other Support

Banks and Finance

Barclays has launched a free telephone helpline offering support and information to its business banking customers. It is also providing repayment holidays. 

Barclays Support Information

Lloyds has launched a £2 billion package to help minimise disruption to business operations. Support includes repayment holidays, and no arrangement fees for new or increased overdrafts, invoice discounting and finance facilities. 

Lloyds Support Information

NatWest has announced a £5 billion fund to support small and medium-sized firms to deal with the impact of coronavirus. Support includes the provision of working capital, loan repayment holidays and temporary emergency loans with no fees. 

NatWest Support Information

Santander has outlined the support it is offering to customers impacted by coronavirus. Support includes a helpline and advice on managing finances. www.santander.co.uk/business

British Business Bank

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme’ (CBILS) will temporarily replace the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG), becoming available over the coming weeks. It will operate in a similar way to EFG and be provided by the British Business Bank, but will offer more attractive terms for both businesses and lenders, with the aim of supporting the continued financing of UK businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

British Business Bank Support Information

Self-employment support scheme

The Government's Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Self-employment support scheme

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