The Coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly changing situation and the District Council is closely monitoring the advice and updates from Government regarding support for businesses. The latest HM Treasury update can be found here.
The Government has set out a package of temporary and targeted measures to support businesses through this period of disruption. Derbyshire Dales District Council's Revenues Team is administering the business rate relief and grant support schemes (for eligible businesses with business premises) in our area.
The District Council has issued 100% rates discounts for 2020/21 to a long list of businesses, including properties mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs, cinemas, leisure, gyms, tourism, hotels and nurseries. Businesses eligible for COVID-19 small business grants have also been contacted and invited to reply by email to email@example.com with their details to enable the Council to pay the grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 they are entitled to. Eligible business ratepayers who have not yet replied to the Council are encouraged to contact the Revenues Team to discuss their claim.
PLEASE NOTE - A copy of the OFFICIAL letter sent to business ratepayers (which carries the DDDC logo) can be found here
The range of Government measures for businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic have been summarised by the District Council HERE. The summary includes Government FAQs on the existing Small Business Grant Fund and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant plus supplementary FAQs prepared by the District Council to address more detailed eligibility questions on these funds.
If, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, SME’s ineligible for Government grants and reliefs are struggling to make their normal business rates payments then please contact us and we will do what we can to assist by reviewing your instalment dates to defer payments until later in 2020/21. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Business Support Grants: Discretionary Grant Fund
The Government has announced ‘top-up’ discretionary grant funding targeting small businesses with fixed property-related costs who have fallen between gaps in the existing COVID-19 Business Support Grant schemes. Support will be available to eligible businesses unable to access cash grants from other Government COVID-19 schemes, including the Self Employment Income Support scheme.
The available fund is limited and to award discretionary grants the District Council needs to develop the funding criteria (within the parameters set by Government) and put in place a new, on-line application process. This will take time to prepare. The District Council therefore anticipates launching the application process in early June and further details will be announced then.
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The District Council is currently dealing with a high number of enquiries from businesses. To enable our Revenues Team to focus on processing payments we are not currently acknowledging individual returns. Our request please, is not to contact us for the time being to check on the progress of your application. We are processing business grant payments as a priority and our daily progress with making payments is posted at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk If your enquiry relates to a grant payment which you have not received please email email@example.com with 'Checking my grant application'" in the subject line of your email.
The District Council’s Appeals Procedure for Covid-19 Business Support Grants can be accessed here.
For general enquiries regarding the support available from Government not answered in the summary guidance above please log your enquiry here and the Economic Development Team will respond. Please note some enquiries may require clarification from the appropriate Government department.
Working safely during COVID-19 – Guidance for Employers, Employees and the Self-Employed
Government has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Read the guides here. A summary of the advice can be found here.
Other Sources of Information and Advice
East Midlands Chamber
see here for Coronavirus information.
East Midlands Chamber has launched a programme of free to all webinars and workshops to be delivered in April – details can be found here
Business Peak District
Further information can be found on the Business Peak District websitehere
Derbyshire County Council
See the County Council webpage on support for businesses affected by coronavirus.
In addition to the assistance offered by Government, Derbyshire County Council have launched an Emergency Relief Fund for businesses; details can be found here. PLEASE NOTE as of the 25th March, due to the level of interest the scheme has been temporarily closed to new applications.
The D2N2 Growth Hub
Has useful information about the virus and support for businesses, visit their website here.
The Growth Hub are putting on a series of webinars; Building Business Resilience Programme to help businesses through the Covid 19 crisis. Details can be found here
Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire
Advice for tourism businesses and visitors to the area is available on the Tourist Board website but please note that an announcement has been received on 25th March as follows:
Advice for accommodation providers
Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK has been published. Businesses providing holiday accommodation should now take steps to close for commercial use as quickly as is safely possible.
Hotels and other accommodation providers should be able to remain open if:
• They are part of the response to support key workers or vulnerable groups.
• There is a specific need for some or all of the site to remain open (for example they are housing people who have been flooded out of their homes, being used by public services to provide emergency accommodation or are not able to return to their primary residence).
• If businesses are providing rooms to support homeless people, through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies.
• They are a holiday park or caravan park and are the primary residence of people living there.
More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-advice-for-accommodation-providers
Information for visitors
Information for the tourism industry
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Covid-19 food safety information for food businesses