Coronavirus: Support for business

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Making your business COVID secure

A range of guides have been produced to help businesses make workplaces COVID secure.

View the guides on working safely during coronavirus here.

Covid 19 Business Grants – now closed

Over the past few months, several business grant schemes (including the Small Business Grant; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant; and Discretionary Business Grant) were administered by the Local Authority to help support businesses facing challenges as a result of the Covid 19 crisis. Around £61.5 million  was distributed to around 5,300 businesses based in the city. As instructed by Government, these funding schemes are now closed.

On the 22nd October, the Chancellor announced a new package of support for hospitality and leisure businesses operating in Tier 2 regions. These grants will be administered by the Local Authority. We are awaiting further details from Government, but will aim to launch the scheme as soon as possible. When further details are available, we will publish here and promote via social media. In the meantime, we are unable to provide any further information regarding the process of accessing this funding.

Citylife Business Support

Tailored advice to help SME’s to adapt to new challenges and safeguard jobs

Citylife Business Support is a new service for SME’s who have be adversely affected by COVID-19.

Funded though the £1.5 million Capacity Fund that was granted to Newcastle City Council by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, it is part of the city’s commitment to supporting businesses, voluntary and community organisations and unemployed residents who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.  Read more here

Business rates relief

Those retail, hospitality and leisure businesses who pay business rates will also be able to benefit from a 12-month payment holiday this year. This process will be automated, and businesses do not need to contact the council

Further help and advice

We have a specialist team who can provide support for businesses during this difficult time. Please email businesssupport@newcastle.gov.uk and our team will be in touch within two working days.  We also continue to offer our usual support for businesses. Details of this can be found via our Business support in Newcastle page.

Advice for businesses in Newcastle

The North East Growth Hub has provided a COVID-19 Toolkit to help businesses plan for and respond to the virus.

 

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