Coronavirus - support for businesses

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 range of Government measures for businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic have been summarised by the District Council HERE.  

Small Business Grant Fund and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants

In line with Government guidance, the Small Business Grant and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant funds administered by the District Council have now closed.

If you submitted a claim with the required information on or before Friday 28 August your application will be considered by our Revenues Team. Grant awards will be made to successful applicants by 30 September 2020.

Business Rates

The District Council has also 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.

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

Derbyshire Dales Discretionary Grant Fund - final call for applications - FUND CLOSED

In line with Government guidance, the Discretionary Grant Fund administered by the District Council has now closed.

If you applied on or before Friday 28 August your application will be considered in line with our Discretionary Grant Fund Guidance which is available here {insert link to guidance from linked page}. Grant awards will made to successful applicants by 30 September 2020.

General enquiries

Please log your enquiry here and the Economic Development Team will respond.  Please note some enquiries may require clarification from the appropriate Government department.

Keep up to date

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The District Council’s Appeals Procedure for Covid-19 Business Support Grants can be accessed here.

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.

Government advice for retail outlets

Guidance for people whe run or work in shops, branches, stores or similar environments can be found here.  

Other Sources of Information and Advice

East Midlands Chamber  
see here for Coronavirus information 

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Business Peak District
Information can be found on the Business Peak District website here.  

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The D2N2 Growth Hub

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

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Food safety

Covid-19 food safety information for food businesses