Business Information from Saffron Walden Business Improvement District

Uttlesford District Council have supplied the following information.

Types of support grant, who can get a grant and how to apply

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has announced further financial support for businesses:

1. Non-discretionary “National Lockdown” grant – (Localised Restriction Support Grant: Closed)

This is a grant for businesses that are business ratepayers and have been instructed to close by the recent government regulations during national lockdown. The list of businesses required to close includes non-essential shops, hospitality, leisure and entertainment venues and personal care services.

The amount of grant given is determined by the rateable value of the business premises:

 Rateable Value  Grant payable
 £15,000 and under  £1,334 for 28 days
 £15,001 but less than £50,999  £2,000 for 28 days
 £51,000 and over  £3,000 for 28 days

The eligibility criteria for this fund is set by government and is for the fixed 28-day period from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020.

To receive the grant, businesses must have been ‘open as usual’ (i.e. trading, active in buying or selling goods or services in person) on the date the lockdown was announced.

Businesses ordered to close but have repurposed to a click and collect, takeaway or delivery service are still eligible for the grant.

Get full details and application form

2. Funding for businesses not forced to close but impacted by the national lockdown – (Additional Restrictions Support Grant)

We are working on the final eligibility criteria for the discretionary scheme (Additional Restrictions Support Grant) and further information will follow shortly.

3. Funding for businesses impacted while in Tier 2 – (Localised Restriction Support Grant: Open)

The grant will cover the period that Essex was in Tier 2 which was from Saturday 17 October until national lockdown started on 5 November. We are still designing the structure of this scheme and the full policy details will be published shortly.

If you have any questions about the grant schemes, email

BEST Big Business Briefing

Wednesday 25 November, 2pm to 4pm

The BEST Big Business Briefing aims to help Essex businesses understand the full range of support available to them.

From non-repayable grant funding, business advice, access to skills training, recruitment services, apprentices, interns and graduates, exporting, innovation and so much more, the range of support available to businesses is vast.

Find out more about the free event and book now

Grants Info

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