Coronavirus: Swale Business Support

Find the latest Swale support for businesses in relation to COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Support for Swale businesses

On this page you can find details about coronavirus support for Swale businesses.

Government support for businesses is also available through their website.

Latest COVID-19 update

Additional Restrictions Grant (April 2021) – open for applications

You can now apply for the next additional restrictions grant, which is to help businesses through the phased release of lockdown restrictions.

The new Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a one-off payment which seeks to help businesses in specified sectors and who are not eligible for the Restart Grant.  The grant also provides ongoing support to those businesses which continue to be significantly impacted by the restrictions.

You can apply for an ARG if your business has been significantly impacted by restrictions and is either:

  1. a non-essential retail business and is not registered for business rates.
  2. a hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or fitness business, which has been significantly impacted by restrictions and is not registered for business rates.
  3. a direct supply chain provider of goods or equipment (but not services) to the hospitality and leisure sector and receives over 50% of its income from those businesses.
  4. outside of all the above criteria but has previously been awarded an ARG.

Visit the Swale Borough Council website to find out more and for details of how to apply.

You will need to make a new application for this period of restrictions if you wish to apply for this grant.  The payment will not be automatically paid to previous applicants.

You can also find out more about the scheme, including the definitions for each sector, by reading the full guidance for the scheme.

Still time to apply for a Covid-19 Top Up Grant

There is still time to apply for a Covid-19 Top Up Grant, which opened for applications last month.

The scheme is designed to help companies in the events, hospitality and leisure sectors which were not eligible for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment between 5 January 2021 to the 31 March 2021.

To qualify for this grant, businesses must:

  1. be an events, leisure and hospitality sector business with over 50% of your income normally coming through this source (personal care services are not eligible).
  2. have suffered a significant impact (at least 30% reduced turnover).
  3. did not qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for the period 5 January 2021 - 31 March 2021.
  4. be operated from commercial premises.  Businesses operated from home are not eligible for this scheme.

Those in direct supply chain businesses of goods and equipment (not services) to the hospitality and leisure sectors such as events related businesses and restaurant suppliers are also eligible provided criteria 2 to 4 above are met plus at least 50% of income would normally come via these businesses.

If you feel that you may be eligible for this scheme and you have not already applied, please email covidbusiness@swale.gov.uk to express an interest in applying for the Top Up grant.

You can also read the full guidance for the scheme on the Council’s website.

Restart Grant scheme opens for applications

Swale Borough Council has opened the restart grant scheme for applications.

The restart grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

To be eligible for the grant, your business will need to be trading on the 1 April 2021, registered for business rates and in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors.

You must make a new application through the Grant Approval website to receive this grant.  Register or login, with the details which you used before, to apply at: https://grantapproval.co.uk

If you are eligible for the grant, you will receive:

  • a one-off grant of up to £6,000 in the non-essential retail sector
  • a one-off grant of up to £18,000 in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors

If you have any queries or an issue with error messages on your application, please email ndrgrants@swale.gov.uk.

There will also be funding available in this phase of the roadmap through the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.  We are currently waiting on final guidance from the government.  We will let you know when the scheme launches and how you can apply through this e-bulletin, on social media and through our website.

Economic Development E-bulletin

We will be using the economic development e-bulletin to continue to provide updates about business support.

Please encourage contacts and other local businesses to sign up for the e-bulletin so that as many businesses as possible can be kept informed.  If they would like to subscribe to receive the e-bulletin in their inbox, they just need to email economicdevelopment@swale.gov.uk and we will add them to our mailing list.

We will also continue to provide regular updates through the Swale Borough Council website, the Swale Means Business website and the Council’s social media accounts.

Working safely

The government has provided a range of guidance to help companies make their workplace safe:

Business rates update

Swale Borough Council has clarified the extended retail discount for 2020/21.

The government has announced that the business rates revaluation will take place in 2021, to help reduce uncertainty.  The government has published the full details on their 'business rates postponed' news story.

Business support schemes

The government has issued a range of financial support measures for businesses during coronavirus.

The Economic Development E-bulletin section of this website includes an archive of our previous updates which were sent by email.

Business support from other organisations

  • The government's business support helpline is 0300 456 3565 between Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm;
  • The Kent and Medway Growth Hub also has a Business Recovery Helpline where you can speak to an advisor.  Their number is 03333 602300 which is open between Monday to Friday during office hours.
  • The Federation of Small Businesses has advice on their website for small businesses and the self-employed.
  • Swale's Council website also includes the latest updates about local services.
  • HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has a helpline for any businesses and self-employed people concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).  Up to 2,000 skilled call handlers are available to support businesses and individuals when needed.  The number is 0800 0159 559 and further information is available on the HMRC website.

Last update: Tuesday 20 April 2021.

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