Coronavirus: Support for Businesses and the Self-Employed

Latest advice and information to support businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated: 26 January 2021, 14:30

Business Closure Grants

To qualify for a grant, businesses must:

  • Have been open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises on the 4 November 2020 and then mandated to close by Government - Details of businesses required to close are available on the Government's website.
  • Have been registered and be the liable business rate payer on 5 November 2020, to qualify for a grant  under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme or can evidence rent/lease or mortgage payments for a grant under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.

Businesses that are required to close but then diversify to remain open in part e.g. restaurants/cafes that close but retain a takeaway service or shops that close but retain a click and collect facility will still be eligible for a grant.

Please read the Business Closure Grant Policy before submitting an application.

Business Closure Grant application form

Please note: You only need to apply once for this grant scheme, eligible businesses will automatically paid for future grant periods due to national or local restrictions.

Open and Impacted Business Grants

To qualify for a grant, businesses must:

  • have been severely affected by the national and / or local lockdown restrictions
  • must have remained open during the national and or / local level restrictions
  • have been registered and be the liable business rate payer on 5 November 2020, or can evidence rent/lease or mortgage payments

Please read the Open and Impacted Business Grant Policy before submitting an application.

Open and Impacted Business Grant application form

Please note: You only need to apply once for this grant scheme, eligible businesses will automatically paid for future grant periods due to national or local restrictions.

Christmas Support Grant for Wet-Led Pubs

Local Authorities under Tier 3 restrictions are required to pay a Christmas Support Grant of £1,000 to wet-led pubs.

To be eligible for this grant, pubs must derive less than 50% of their income from the sale of food. Pubs must also meet all other conditions set out in the Government Guidance for this scheme ( Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs: guidance for Local Authorities).
This grant will be awarded to eligible pubs via the Closed Business Grant process.

Any eligible pubs who have previously applied for a Closed Business Grant will be contacted directly to claim their grant award.

Opening your business

If you are planning to open your business please review the COVID-19 Tool kit which aims to help Lincolnshire businesses become COVID-19 secure, resume trading safely, and protect their staff and customers as lockdown is eased.

Support for retailers

Guidance, detailing the measures retailers should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards are available below.


  1. HSE: Working safety guide
  2. HSE: Talking with your workers
  3. Staying COVID-19 secure
  4. HSE: Risk assessment template and examples
  5. Checklist for Businesses

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) partnership

To provide help to our small-business community, West Lindsey District Council has partnered with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), who are able to provide smaller businesses in the district with information to respond to the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19.

Membership benefits include: free business banking, 24/7 legal advice, HR support, tax guidance, late payment and financial help, insurances, health and safety information plus healthcare.

You can find out more by visiting the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) website.

Discounted one-year membership promotion

As part of West Lindsey District Council’s partnership with The Federation of Small Businesses we are offering business owners an £80 discount on a one-year FSB membership.

Business Support

Latest information on funding and resources for businesses affected by COVID-19 are available on the Business Lincolnshire website.

From accessing government funding to guidance on the next steps your business should take, Business Lincolnshire expert advisers are available to offer advice and support during this challenging time.

Email to get in touch today or register your enquiry by calling the Covid-19 Information and Advice helpline on 01522 782189 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

VisitBritain / VisitEngland have also created a Covid-19 Advice Hub for tourism and event businesses. They are feeding in industry concerns to Government via the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group and will be sharing practical advice as soon as it becomes available, publishing the latest announcements and industry information on this page. You can also keep up to date locally through Visit Lincoln.

Has your business been forced to make redundancies?  Do you need redundancy or recruitment advice?  Are you looking for help to find a job?  West Lindsey District Council is working with a number of partners to provide support to employers and employees facing redundancy situations during this difficult time.

For more information please visit the Redundancy and HR Support pages on the Business Lincolnshire website

Government Support for Self-Employed

For information on the new self-employment income support scheme please visit:

Government Support for Business

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay Relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of up to £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

For the latest information and full details on the above Schemes visit the dedicated Government Business Support webpages.

Business rates holidays for retail, hospitality and leisure sector

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.

In relation to the business rates holidays, no action is required from businesses. West Lindsey District Council will apply the business rates holiday to your bills. For more information please check the council’s Business Rates webpages.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is open for applications and supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance facilities and can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cash-flow.

Key features

  • Up to £5m facility:
    The maximum value of a facility provided under the scheme will be £5m, available on repayment terms of up to six years.
  • No guarantee fee for SMEs to access the scheme:
    No fee for smaller businesses. Lenders will pay a fee to access the scheme.
  • Interest and fees paid by Government for 12 months:
    The Government will make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.
  • The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.

Any business interested in applying to CBILS should talk to their bank or finance provider (not the British Business Bank) as soon as possible and discuss their business plan with them.

Full details can be found at

Please also refer to these documents for key details:

For the latest news and announcements on support for business please visit the visit the government's Covid-19 business support website.


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