Coronavirus - support for businesses

The Coronavirus outbreak is a constantly changing situation and the District Council is closely monitoring the advice and updates from Government regarding support for businesses. See the latest HM Treasury update

The Derbyshire Dales is currently ranked as a Tier 1 area (Medium Covid alert level) and therefore not a local lockdown area where businesses are required to close. The Government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant is therefore not available to business premises within the district.

Government’s Winter Economy Plan

On 24 September the Chancellor announced a range of measures to support businesses over the winter period due to COVID 19. These include: 
  • Job Support Scheme - commencing on 1 November 2020 for 6 months - to help viable employers who face lower demand due to COVID-19 to retain employees
  • SEISS grant extension for the self-employed – again commencing in November for 6 months
  • Extension of the VAT reduced rate for hospitality and tourism businesses until 31 March 2021
  • Extension of the VAT deferral scheme allowing businesses to spread their lump sum deferred payment over 11 monthly payments
  • Extension of the government’s three temporary business loan schemes
  • Enhanced time to pay self-assessment for tax payers with up to £30,000 of self-assessment liabilities.

Find more details about the Winter Economy Plan here

Business Rates

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.

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 revenues@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

D2N2 Growth Hub Small Business Recovery Grant

In July the Government announced a national support grant package specifically aimed at helping small businesses that can demonstrate they’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and provide 100% grant funding to support them to be more productive.

This new but limited funding will be managed by the D2N2 Growth Hub and will support one or a combination of the following activities:

• Access to technology or new equipment which will support the business being more productive
• Access to professional advice such as HR, legal or financial to aid business decision making and risk management.
£983,986 is available across the D2N2 area.

Eligibility and Availability
Support will be offered to eligible small businesses based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that employ between three to 49 full time equivalent staff. Due to the high level of demand and limited funding available the grant will be limited to £2,000 per successful application. Businesses who have previously expressed and registered interest on the D2N2 Growth hub web site will be contacted directly by the Growth Hub regarding this scheme and therefore there are no open applications invited at this present time.


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.

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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 hereA summary of the advice can be found here.

Government advice for retail outlets

Other Sources of Information and Advice

East Midlands Chamber coronavirus information

Business Peak District information

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

Find information from Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire

Food safety
Covid-19 food safety information for food businesses

The Coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly changing situation and the District Council  is monitoring the advice and updates coming from Government regarding support for businesses.