COVID-19 Support for Businesses

Financial support for businesses

You can apply for four grants from this page as follows:

1. Local Restrictions Support Grant - for businesses which have been required to close for 2 weeks or more, due to local and/or national restrictions imposed by the Government

2. Local Restrictions Sector Support Grant - for businesses which have not previously received support, that have been required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020

3. Local Restrictions Support Grant (discretionary) - for businesses which have remained open and that have been severely impacted as a result of localised restrictions when Pendle was placed under Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions

4. Additional Restrictions Grant - support may be available for businesses who do not qualify for any of the other schemes 

We administer these grants on behalf of the Government and must follow the guidance issued to local authorities.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses who closed)

Local Restrictions Support Grants are available to businesses which have been required to close for 2 weeks or more, due to local and/or national restrictions imposed by the Government.

This grant is available to businesses in Pendle which have been forced to close as a result of the following events:

  • Pendle being placed in Tier 3 (Very High) restrictions on Saturday 17 October 2020
  • England being placed into lockdown nationally on the 5 November 2020

If you are a business ratepayer and your business has had to close as a result of either of these events, you may be eligible for a grant as follows:

Businesses which were forced to close as a result of Tier 3 (Very High) restrictions on Saturday 17 October 2020

Financial support is available to businesses forced to close from 19 October 2020. However, different rules apply to pubs and bars and licensed clubs who were forced to close two days earlier, from 17 October 2020. 

The Tier 3 Grant supports local businesses which were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then forced to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government.

Who qualifies for the Tier 3 grant?

Your business must be in the Pendle Council area and have been:

  • open as usual before the restrictions
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • required to close due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government
  • occupied and be on the rating list maintained by us as at 16 October 2020

It must also be one of the following types of business:

  • pubs and bars that do not serve a substantial meal
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • betting shops and adult gaming centres
  • soft play centres and areas
  • car boot sales

If your business does not fall into one of these categories, you are not eligible for a Tier 3 Grant.

Businesses which were forced to close due to the national lockdown in England during the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020    

The Tier 3 Grant scheme ended when the national lockdown was implemented in England, covering the period from 5 November to the 2 December 2020.

It was replaced by a grant for businesses forced to close by law due to the national lockdown.

Who qualifies for the lockdown grant?

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been ordered to close by Government, including:

  • non-essential retail
  • leisure
  • personal care
  • sports facilities
  • hospitality businesses

You can read more about which businesses had to close under national lockdown.

These grants are only available to business ratepayers.

Levels of Grant and Frequency of Payment

Subject to State Aid Limits you can claim for each occupied property for which your business was the ratepayer on the date local or national restrictions started.

If you are applying for more than one business property, please submit a separate application for each property.

The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your premises:  

  Amount of Grant Payment
  A B
  Local National
  Tier 3 Lockdown
  Restrictions Restrictions
Rateable value of business premises: £ £
£15,000 or under 667 1334
£15,001 to £50,999 1000 2000
£51,000 or above 1500 3000
Frequency/Duration of Payment 2 weekly 4 weekly

Under Tier 3 restrictions, businesses must be closed for the entirety of the 14-day payment cycle to be eligible. 

If a business is open and then decides to close during a payment cycle, they only become eligible for a grant when they enter the next 14-day payment cycle. 

If a business is operating as a closed business at the point of national lockdown, they will be eligible for a full grant under the 28-day payment cycle.

A business will not qualify for grant support if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local or national restrictions started.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Grant

Read the policy that is used to consider and approve these Local Restrictions Grant applications

Local Restrictions Sector Support Grant

A government Sector Support Grant was introduced from 1 November 2020. However, this will be superseded from 5 November by the national lockdown scheme. This grant is aimed at businesses which have not previously received support, that have been required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020. Eligible businesses are:

  • nightclubs and discotheques
  • dance halls
  • adult entertainment venues
  • hostess bars

The level of grant is the same as shown in the table above. The business can claim for the period of closure due to national lockdown restrictions. Any grant due for the period from 1 November 2020 to 4 November 2020 under this scheme will be added to this grant payment when it is processed.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Sector Support Grant

Local restrictions support grant (discretionary)

These Grants are available to businesses which have remained open and that have been severely impacted as a result of localised restrictions when Pendle was placed under Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions. 

This grant scheme is available only for the period from 5 August 2020 (when Pendle was first placed in Tier 2) to 4 November 2020. From the 5th November 2020 this grant scheme is replaced by other schemes of support linked to the period of national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. Qualifying businesses that were legally required to close when Pendle was placed under Tier 3 restrictions will cease to be eligible for this grant from the date they closed. However, from this date these businesses also qualify for a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme.

Who qualifies for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (discretionary)?

This grant is available only to the following types of business:

  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Hotels
  • Bed and Breakfasts

Your business must be in the Pendle Council area and have been:

  • open as usual before the Tier 2 restrictions started on 5 August 2020 (unless you are an indoor play centre)
  • severely impacted as a result of the restrictions
  • occupying non-domestic property and be liable for payment of business rates

Businesses which are not eligible

Your business is not eligible if:

  • it was only established after the introduction of Tier 2 restrictions in Pendle
  • if it is not in one of the sectors described above
  • it was in administration, was insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

Levels of Grant and Frequency of Payment

These grants are only available to business ratepayers in Pendle. Subject to State Aid limits you can claim a maximum of one grant per qualifying business property.

If you are applying for more than one business property, please submit a separate application for each property.

The amount payable depends on the rateable value of your premises:  

Amount of Grant Payment
Rateable value of business premises: £
£15,000 or under 934
£15,001 to £50,999 1400
£51,000 or above 2100
Frequency/Duration of Payment 4 weekly

Subject to the above, grants are payable for the period from 5 August to 4 November 2020

We have received a fixed sum of funding from the Government to make these grants (£725k). Once this has been fully allocated no further applications will be accepted.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (discretionary)

Read the policy that is used to consider and approve these Local Restrictions Support Grant applications

Additional Restrictions Grant

Funding is available to support businesses who:

  • occupy business premises for which you are not the business ratepayer and your business has legally been required to close due to the COVID-19 restrictions; or
  • occupy business premises for which you are not the business ratepayer and your business supplies the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or is in the events sector and has been closed for the period of restrictions due to the severe impact on trading as a result of the restrictions, or
  • occupy business premises and have remained open during the period of restrictions, but your trading has been severely impacted by the restrictions

Business premises are those that were recorded on our non-domestic rating list as at the 4 November 2020.

Limited exceptions

We have sole discretion to make a limited exception for severely impacted businesses which:

(i) do not occupy business premises, and
(ii) employ less than 10 people, and
(ii) supply the retail, leisure, hospitality or events sectors

Is my business eligible?

If you are a qualifying business, you may be eligible for a grant if:

  • your business was trading on the day before the restrictions came into force (4 November) Trading means actively buying and selling goods or services, but excludes activities undertaken for the purposes of acquiring or setting up a proposed new business
  • you are based and trade in Pendle
  • you have no more than 49 employees on its payroll
  • you are not entitled to a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) scheme
  • you have ongoing fixed business related costs (excluding employee costs)
  • you can demonstrate a significant fall in income due to the pandemic

Higher priority businesses 

We will give higher priority to businesses in the following sectors:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Leisure providers
  • Hospitality and Accommodation
  • Businesses  which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
  • Personal care and close contact services
  • Businesses in the events sector
  • Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Holders (i.e. the red Taxis operating in Pendle)
  • Market Traders without a business rates assessment

Excluded businesses

You don’t qualify for a grant if:

  • You are not based in Pendle
  • You are entitled to support under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (i.e. business ratepayers legally required to close due to lockdown restrictions)
  • You are part of a national chain
  • You have not been severely impacted (i.e. a reduction in turnover of less than 30%)
  • You have reached your State Aid Limit under the EU State Aid regulations including the thresholds applicable to De-Minimis State Aid and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • You are in administration; are insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made
  • You are one of the following:
    • Take-away businesses
    • Petrol Stations, Garages, Vehicle Repair Workshops and MOT Centres
    • Essential retail businesses (unless trading from within premises required to close)
    • Private Hire businesses
    • Financial service providers (e.g. banks, building societies, money lenders, credit unions)
    • Medical Services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, pharmacies)
    • Betting Shops
    • Professional Services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance, financial advisers)
    • Public Authorities, Utility Providers, Post Offices
    • Estate & Lettings Agents
    • Property related businesses that include –
      • property developers and construction
      • buy to let businesses
      • property refurbishment projects
      • residential/commercial landlord businesses
    • Funeral Directors
    • Garden Centres

Level of grant and frequency of payment

Business Category Number of Employees
  Up to 9 10-49
Standard Payments £ £
Qualifying businesses that closed 1,334 2,000
Qualifying businesses that remained open but been severely impacted by the restrictions 750 1,150
Other Payments    
Qualifying businesses not occupying commercial premises 500  
Indoor Market Traders (non-rated) 500  
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Holders 750**  

A single grant payment will be made covering the period of national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020.  Grants are payable per business and not per business property (** payment covers period from 17/10/20 to 2/12/20).

Depending on what restrictions apply in Pendle after the national lockdown, we may conduct further grant application rounds.  If we do, we retain the discretion to vary the amounts and frequency of grant payments taking account of local economic circumstances, the types of business and the level of funding available.  As a result the level of payment and eligibility criteria may be subject to change in subsequent application rounds.

Applying for a grant

There will be an application window which will open on Friday 27 November and close at midnight on 11 December 2020.  We will assess all applications following the closing deadline and determine our decision at that time. We think this is a fairer approach than awarding grants on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

A single grant payment will be made covering the period of national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020.  Grants are payable per business and not per business property.

The application form must be completed by the business owner. If you get someone else like a third party agent or advisor to apply on your behalf, your application will be rejected. The only exception to this is if you have accessibility requirements.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

Update on Grants Payments (27 November)

We are making more than 200 grant payments today, to businesses legally required to close due to national lockdown restrictions.  Payments are being processed via Faster Payments rather than BACS.  Using Faster Payments means that unfortunately we can't provide a remittance advice by email. Payments will credit the applicants bank account on Tuesday 1 December.  We are sending letters out over the weekend to those whose application has been refused.

Please bear with us. We appreciate these are difficult times for businesses and we are doing our best to get the money paid out as soon as possible.

Support from the Government

There is more information on GOV.UK about financial support  for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions.

Visit GOV.UK's Business Support homepage for everything you need to know about getting support for your business, including:

  • funding and support
  • information for self-employed people and sole traders
  • your responsibilities as an employer
  • managing your business during coronavirus
  • information on business closures
  • how your business can help

There is also an online tool you can use to find financial support for your business

Support from the Council

Business Rates - Expanded Retail Discount Scheme

Retail, Hospitality and leisure businesses

A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England. This applies to your April 2020 bill. If your business is eligible, the discount will automatically be applied. You don’t need to contact us to request it. There is no rateable value limit which means every qualifying business in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector will be supported no matter what size you are.

Nurseries

Properties who will benefit from the relief are those which are occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and which are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We’re currently identifying which businesses are eligible and we will do this as quickly as we can. We’ll be sending out updated bills which will show that you will not pay business rates for 2020-2021.

This discount applies only to nurseries and businesses that operate in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. Some types of businesses are not eligible for the discount including financial services, medical services and some professional services.

The Government have now issued detailed guidance on Business Rates Retail Discount

Nurseries can check if their nursery is eligible for business rates relief

Help for tenants of Council-owned commercial properties

Tenants who rent our commercial properties can have a three month rental payment holiday. The suspended rent must be paid back to us by 31 March 2021.

Our commercial properties include shops, cafes, offices, a nursery and industrial estates. We also have community and charity tenants.

We will place a temporary stop on all Direct Debits. Tenants should temporarily cancel Standing Orders relating to any rent due from March 30 2020.

If you have already paid rent for the next three months or you cannot stop a payment, you will receive a refund.

But if you are in rent arrears, or have agreed a repayment plan to clear any arrears, these payments should continue if possible.

If you want to continue to pay your rent as normal, email PropertyEnquiries@Liberata.com as soon as possible.

The situation will be reviewed in three months’ time or as and when required.

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