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 is administering the business rate relief and grant support schemes (for eligible businesses with business premises) in our area.
The District Council has now 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. Regarding Government grants, letters went out last weekend inviting eligible businesses to reply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with their details to enable the Council to pay the grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 they are entitled to. Any business eligible under the Government’s Small Business Grants Fund or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (details on the District Council’s website) that hasn't received the letter should email the revenues address.
PLEASE NOTE - A copy of the OFFICIAL letter (which when received, will also carry the DDDC logo) that is being sent out to businesses 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 update includes indicative timescales for contacting eligible businesses and issuing the grants being administered by the District Council.
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 email@example.com
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The District Council is currently dealing with a high number of enquiries from businesses. As indicated, the Council will contact you if you are eligible for the grant support linked to business premises. If you have a specific enquiry which is not addressed by the guidance above, please log your enquiry here and officers will respond as soon as possible. Please note some enquiries may require clarification from our Revenues section or the appropriate Government department.
Ratepayers who have not received contact from the Council regarding a Government relief or grant they are eligible for should contact firstname.lastname@example.org direct.
Other Sources of Information and Advice
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.
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
sign up for the Tourist Board newsletter here
East Midlands Chamber
see here for Coronavirus information.