Financial Support For Business

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme

The Government has announced further funding to help support businesses that are required to close due to localised Coronavirus restrictions.

Rotherham, along with the other South Yorkshire Councils, moved into the “Tier 3 Very High Alert” level on 24 October in response to the high number of Covid infections in the Region.

Those businesses that are required to close due to these localised restrictions may be eligible for a grant under the Government's Revised Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme.

Rotherham Council is also working with Sheffield City Region to develop a package of support to help local businesses, including those that have not been forced to close by the regulations but are severely affected by the Tier 3 restrictions.

Businesses that are required to close are:

  • Pubs that do not do substantial meals
  • Casinos
  • Adult gaming centres (amusement arcades)
  • Betting shops
  • Soft play centres

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply for this Government grant your business must meet the following criteria. The grants are based on the business premise, so one application/payment per premise.

  • Open as usual prior to the Tier 3 restrictions coming into effect on 24th October and providing in-person services to customers from the premises
  • Had the first full day of closure on or after 24 October
  • Registered for business rates at the premises on 23 October
  • Subject to state aid limits businesses can apply for each business premise within the Borough
  • Whilst not required to close, we may also be able to consider Pubs that serve substantial meals but have chosen to close
  • It is anticipated that the Government will extend the scheme to also apply to businesses that have been forced to close since the initial restrictions were put into place on 23rd March e.g. Nightclubs, with grants available for continued closure from 1 November

The amount of grant payable will depend on the rateable value of the property and the length of time that the business is closed.

Rateable value of premises Grant payment per 2 weeks Grant payment per 4 weeks
£15,000 or under £667 £1,334
£15,001 to £50,999 £1,000 £2,000
£51,000 or over £1,500 £3,000

The following exclusions apply:

  • Businesses able to trade as they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from the premises and can operate remotely
  • Businesses outside the localised Tier 3: Very High Alert area
  • Businesses that have chosen to close rather than being required to
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • Businesses that were in administration, or insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for funding under this scheme
  • Business properties which are empty

Any changes to the Business Rates rating list (rateable value or to the premises) after 24th October 2020, the first full day of localised restrictions and business closures regulations came into force, including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

We are currently awaiting updated detailed Government guidance on their revised local restrictions support grant scheme, which we anticipate will be made available by 30 October.

State Aid

These grant payments count towards state aid. In accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of State Aid rule.

You can read more about state aid on Gov.UK.

How to apply

Complete the online form

Other support for businesses

As a result of the South Yorkshire area moving into Tier 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, funding has been allocated to Sheffield City Region (SCR) to help put in place other economic support measures.

Rotherham Council is working with SCR to develop a package of support to help local businesses, including those that have not been forced to close by the regulations but are severely affected by the Tier 3 restrictions.

Whilst details are not yet finalised, please continue to check these web pages regularly for updates on new schemes as they are announced.

Local Authority Discretionary Business Grants Fund (scheme closed 5 July 2020 at midnight)

This scheme has now closed and so the application form has been removed.

Business Rates &Amp; Grant Support to Local Businesses (scheme closed 16 August 2020 at midnight)

This scheme has now closed and so the application form has been removed

Support for businesses through Job Retention Scheme and wider support for business

Support through job retention scheme:

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. For further details about the scheme please visit;

Financial Support for business

Step by step guide for employers

Wider support for business:

This page also covers other support packages for businesses that are not being provided through the Council, such as;

  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • 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

If you require advice relating to the wider support for businesses (i.e not the reliefs or grant above), then please contact us at: [email protected]

Payment for suppolies and services

The Council is putting in place business continuity plans, to ensure it continues to pay for its supplies and services as normal, under the Council’s normal terms and conditions for payment.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Applications are open for the second grant from the Government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

If you’re eligible and your business has been adversely affected by COVID-19 on or after 14 July 2020, you must make your claim for the second grant on or before 19 October 2020.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply here

Businesses and self-employed support finder tool

The government has launched a new ‘support finder’ tool which will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. This new business support finder tool can be used to see what assistance is available for you and your business.

Go to the business support finder tool