Coronavirus - support for businesses

The government has made funding available for those businesses whose trading ability has been severely affected by COVID Restrictions.

We have now paid 10,452 business grants since November, totalling £36.2-million. Of these, Restart Grants comprise £13.15-million (1,715 grants).

From 1 June Restart Grants remained open for applications but all other schemes have been closed by the Government. 

1.   LRSG and ARG

These grant schemes are now closed for new applications.  The District council is currently processing applications received prior to the deadlines.  

  • From 1st June Restart Grants remain open for applications. 
  • Restart grants are not currently available to businesses supported through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).  
  • When you get the email from the District Council (please check your spam folders), it will include a link you must follow then answer some simple questions to confirm your eligibility
  • To note, the Government has now closed down applications for all Local Restrictions Support Grants (except for February/March payments), but applications already received by the District Council will continue to be processed and paid where eligible


Businesses who have submitted a successful ARG application and were previously required to close, directly supply businesses in sectors required to close or reliant on venues/events required to close will be eligible for consideration for a one-off ARG Recovery Grant.  Please note - eligible businesses will be notified direct by the District Council should they be able to apply. 



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

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.  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 government has made further funding available for those businesses whose trading ability has been severely affected by COVID Restrictions.