Business Support


Coronavirus – Business Support

The team at Destination Chesterfield is keen to keep Chesterfield and North Derbyshire businesses up-to-date on the latest advice, guidance and support regarding the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

Businesses should remind their staff to follow the current NHS advice – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

New guidance has been released on the 11th May 2020 by the Government – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing


General guidance for businesses on how to deal with the virus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19


Operation of the workplace during coronavirus outbreak

Government guidance for operation of businesses in different sectors.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Financial support to businesses

The Government has implemented a range of measures to support businesses who are experiencing difficulties because of Coronavirus.

Use the Government’s support finder tool to see what support you are eligible for – https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

More information about these measures can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19

As one of these measures, the Government is providing grants to small and medium sized businesses, to help them through the Coronavirus period.

Further details on the eligibility criteria are available on the Government website.

Chesterfield Borough Council is currently identifying local businesses who are possible recipients of these grants and we are keen to pay the grants as soon as possible.

To help Chesterfield Borough Council to quickly transfer the money to businesses, please download and complete the below form. You can return your completed form by:

  • emailing it to revenues.billing@chesterfield.gov.uk with a subject title: Business Rates – Coronavirus Grant.

You will receive an automated response, confirming your application has been received.

  • posting it to the following address:

Business Rates

Customer Service Centre

85 New Square

Chesterfield

S40 1AH

Business Rates Coronavirus Grant PDF (PDF 28 KB)

If you do not know your business rates account details, or are unable to download the form, please wait to receive your letter from Chesterfield Borough Council which will already have this information included.  You can then return your completed for as directed above.

On receipt of this information, Chesterfield Borough Council will validate your eligibility for the grant and will arrange for money to be transferred to your bank account by BACS payment.

Support for Chesterfield Borough Council Commercial Tenants

Chesterfield Borough has agreed a package of support for it’s commercial tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council, which is a landlord to over 400 commercial tenants, is eager to work with them to help them to get through this difficult period and have put the a the following measures in place for those who need support:

  • Voluntary / charity sector tenants  – Rent charged during the period of 1 April to 30 June 2020 will be waived.
  • Retail, food, leisure and other large businesses forced to be closed down – Businesses who have been forced to close will automatically have the option to defer rental payments for the period of 1 April to 30 June 2020.  The sum deferred will be recovered as part of the rental payments made over the following 18 months.
  • Other office and industrial businesses – All other businesses can apply to the council for their rental payments to be similarly deferred for the period of 1 April to 30 June 2020. Each application will be assessed on its individual merits, taking into account the type of business and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its ability to continue to trade.   If agreed, the sum deferred will be recovered as part of the rental payments made over the following 18 months.

The council will be contacting all tenants directly and details of how to apply to defer your rental payments can be found at: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus-information-hub/businesses-information


Bounce Back Loans scheme

Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the Chancellor announced on Monday 27 April.

Rishi Sunak said the new Bounce Back Loans scheme, which will provide loans of up to £50,000, would help bolster the existing package of support available to the smallest businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheme has been designed to ensure that small firms who need vital cash injections to keep operating can get finance in a matter of days, and comes alongside the £6 billion awarded in business grants, supporting 4 million jobs through the job retention scheme and generous tax deferrals supporting hundreds of thousands of firms.

The government, which has been consulting extensively with business representatives about the design of the new scheme, will provide lenders with a 100% guarantee for the loan and pay any fees and interest for the first 12 months. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months.

The loans will be easy to apply for through a short, standardised online application. The loan should reach businesses within days- providing immediate support to those that need it as easily as possible.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Government announce extension to Job Retention Scheme


Individuals and businesses claiming Statutory Sick Pay relief

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Available in the week commencing 23 March 2020.  It will be delivered through a range of over 40 accredited lenders and offer attractive terms for both businesses applying for new facilities and lenders, with the aim of supporting the continued provision of finance to UK businesses experiencing increased costs or disruptions to cashflow during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed guarantee against the outstanding facility balance, potentially enabling a ‘no’ credit decision from a lender to become a ‘yes’.  The Government will cover the first twelve months of interest payments and any facility arrangement fees charged by lenders, so businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments. The maximum value of a facility provided under the scheme will be £5m. Note that the borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.

Any business interested in applying to CBILS should talk to their bank or finance provider (not the British Business Bank) as soon as possible and discuss their business plan with them. This will help the finance provider to act quickly once the Scheme has launched.

https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/supporting-business-loans-enterprise-finance-guarantee/


Coronavirus Business Toolkit

Chesterfield Champions, East Midlands Chamber have created a toolkit for businesses with a number of downloadable templates to use in their organisation

https://www.emc-dnl.co.uk/news/2020/02/24/coronavirus-planning-ahead/


HMRC helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19


Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19 – www.gov.uk/government/news/companies-to-receive-3-month-extension-period-to-file-accounts-during-covid-19?


Coronavirus – Mental Health support and information

Mind have information on their website if you are worried about coronavirus  and how it could affect your life.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/


COVID-19 Information for Apprentices and Employers of Apprentices

If you are an apprentice or an employer of an Apprentice, we understand that you may have some very specific questions about your apprenticeship or how to support your Apprentice during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response


Local and Regional Guidance and Support

Supporting Local

Campaign by Destination Chesterfield to promote businesses supporting the local community during the Coronavirus.

Businesses can submit information to be included on the page.

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Chesterfield Borough Council

https://www.chesterfield.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus-information-hub.aspx


Tourism Sector Advice

Chesterfield Champion Visit Peak District and Derbyshire have prepared advice, guidance and templates for local businesses in the tourism sector  https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/industry/business-support/useful-links/coronavirus-guidance-and-support.


Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Through this fund smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/2020/04/charities-aid-foundation-launches-coronavirus-emergency-fund/


D2N2 Growth Hub – D2N2 Business Investment Fund

The D2N2 Growth Hub are able to offer grants to eligible businesses via the Business Investment Fund, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The D2N2 Business Investment Fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency and/ or job creation. The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy advice and some equipment purchases.

Grants of between £3,500 and £20,000 are available and will contribute up to a maximum of 35% of project costs. In some circumstances grants of more than £20,000 can be supported where exceptional outputs can be evidenced but this is at the discretion of the fund managers.

There are a number of alternative funding options available within D2N2 and the D2N2 Growth Hub will work with you to establish which solution best meets your business needs.

For further information please contact us on 0333 006 9178 or visit https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/covid-19/


Derbyshire County Council

Read the latest advice from Derbyshire County Council here – https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health-protection/disease-control/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx

Derbyshire County Council Emergency Relief Fund

The Derbyshire County Council Emergency Relief Fund for the county’s smallest businesses is now in place. The Emergency Relief Fund criteria and application form are available online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/businessgrants. Businesses will need to be registered in Derbyshire, be able to evidence a loss of income as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak and fulfil the other criteria laid out online in order to apply. The Fund will be open until the 17th April 2020 and has a limited number of grants available.


Information for employers recruiting or making redundancies

This information is for all businesses and employers across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please follow the advice below to ensure we can support your employees and the labour market during this time.

Recruitment Information

If you are seeking to fill urgent vacancies, short or long term, to meet changes to your business as a result of Covid 19, you can be connected immediately with available individuals.

Please register your vacancies with:
John Blankley Senior Employment Support Adviser Email: John.Blankley@futuresforyou.com Phone: 0115 876 4947 / 07570 671592

Please have the following information available when registering your vacancies: • Nature of work • Number of vacancies (can be approximate) • Necessary or desirable skills requirement • Location of vacancies • Any current recruitment routes being used

Volunteering opportunities can also be registered via the above method

Redundancy Information

If you have already made employees redundant or are about to make small numbers redundant (up to five), please refer those individuals for direct support to:
Email: NationalCareersServiceNCC@futuresforyou.com Phone: 0800 917 94 19

If you are planning to make larger-scale redundancies (five or more) additional support is also available for you as an employer and your employees. In these circumstances, please use the same contact details as above but ensure your contact includes: • Notification of redundancies and scale • Number and job roles affected • Last day of work for affected individuals (if known)

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/redundancy-help-finding-work-and claiming-benefits


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