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Last updated 02/04/2020.

At day close on 9th April 2020 we have paid out £12M to businesses and will be working hard over the Easter holiday to pay the rest of the money out


Information on the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Schemes is shown below and includes the data capture form you need to complete with the information we need to pay these grants. Please click on the box below.

Introduction

In response to Covid–19, the Government announced there would be support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property.

Information required to pay the grants

The Council already holds a lot of the information that the Government has asked us to collect to pay these grants but we would ask you to complete an online data capture form to provide us with your most up to date information to ensure that we pay the right people the right grant. If information you provide differs from that which we hold, for example the bank account you ask us to pay the grant to differs from the account you have previously paid a direct debit from, then we may contact you to verify this. We hope you understand we will only be doing this to ensure that the process has not been intersected by a third party trying to misappropriate the funds.

Please provide your most up to date information by completing this Data Capture Form This will greatly assist the process of paying the grants.

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000 in line with the eligibility criteria which are:

  • Properties included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the business rate Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (including those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief).
  • Properties that were not eligible for percentage SBRR relief (including those eligible for the Small Business Rate Multiplier) are excluded.
  • Properties which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the rural rate relief scheme are also eligible for this scheme.

Exclusions

  • Properties occupied for personal uses. Examples given by the government include private stables, loose boxes, beach huts, moorings, car parks and parking spaces.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquation or were dissolved will not be eligible.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England in receipt of the expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for where the property has a rateable value of up to £15,000 a grant of £10,000, where the property has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 a grant of £25,000 in line with the eligibility criteria which are:

  • Properties which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force for that date are eligible for the grant.

Exclusions

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquation or were dissolved will not be eligible.
  • Properties occupied for personal uses. Examples given by the government include private stables, loose boxes, beach huts, moorings, car parks and parking spaces

When will RDC pay the grant money?

We will start processing the data to be in a position to start paying the grants when the money is received from Government on 1 April 2020. We will not be able to process them all on that day but will be working around the clock to get them to everyone as soon as possible.

We know that it is difficult not to enquire about your payment, but the less resource we have to put into answering ongoing questions, the quicker we can pay these.

We will publish on this website daily how many grants we have paid so that you can see that we are working through them.  

Who will receive this funding?

The person who according to Ryedale District Council records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament (premises) on the 11 March 2020.

Where we have reason to believe that the information we hold about the ratepayer is incorrect we may withhold payment of the grant whilst we take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer. If we discover that we have paid the wrong ratepayer then steps will be taken to recover the grant.

We appreciate that there are businesses who may not have registered who have been in occupation prior to 11 March 2020. Any business finding themselves in this position should complete our online registration form

If you are completing our registration form and the premises you are occupying is the only business rated premises in England or Wales, please ensure you state this in the additional information section on the form. This will assist us determining your eligibility for Small Business Rate Relief, which makes up part of the criteria to be eligible for the grant.

Payments obtained by fraudulent activity.

The Government has made it very clear that they will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back. Ryedale District Council will be given access to additional tools to offer support in identify this activity.

State Aid

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, nonetheless under the Withdrawal Agreement the State aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission. This grant will count towards state aid but the De Minimis limit has been raised to 800,000 Euro over a rolling three-year period for COVID-19 related support. If you are receiving, or have received, any 'de minimis' aid granted during the current or two previous financial years (from any source), you should inform the council with details of the aid received.

Please find answers to questions on the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Schemes in this Grant Fund Schemes - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document.

 

In addition to the above the Government has set out further packages of support to businesses and the self-employed to deal with the impact of Covid-19.

Other specific help and support in place at this time includes:

The Government has made it clear that all pubs, restaurants and cafes should no longer be open for on-site consumption but that they can remain open to provide a takeaway service.

To support these businesses and to help to ensure access to food during the COVID emergency, pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to operate temporarily as hot food takeaways. They will also be able to provide cold and pre-prepared food to take away or for home delivery.

This is a temporary change to planning legislation which normally restricts this change of use. It is limited to a 12 month period from 24 March 2020. After this time a planning application would be required to continue a takeaway use.

If you are the owner of a pub, restaurant or café and would like to discuss this in more detail or to check if it applies to you please email

The Government has produced specific guidance for food businesses. This includes practical measures to follow when offering a take-away, pick up service.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses

If your annual business rates bill for the 2020/2021 financial year showed that you were in receipt of 50% retail relief, this has now been increased to 100%. The main batch of bills reflecting this change were issued dated 18 March 2020.

If you have a retail business with a rateable value in excess of £51,000 you will now be eligible for 100% business rate relief. At present, due to software restrictions we are unable to implement this particular reduction. As soon as our software supplier provides a solution, we will action the changes as a top priority.

We have worked to identify businesses classed as hospitality and leisure using the analysis description assigned by the Valuation Office Agency and applied 100% relief to those with a rateable value up to £51,000. The main batch of bills reflecting this were issued on 20 March 2020. Any ratepayer who falls into this category, but has not received an updated bill by 27 March should contact Revenues Services on 01653 600666 so we can check your account accordingly.

At present, due to software restrictions we are unable to implement the reduction to hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value exceeding £51,000. As soon as our software supplier provides a solution, we will action the changes as a top priority.

Premises occupied by providers on Ofstead’s Early Years Register will receive 100% relief for the 2020/2021 financial year. As of 22 March 2020, the council has identified eligible accounts and issued amended bills.

The latest guidance relating to those businesses that must remain closed during the COVID emergency can be accessed following the link below
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Business closures and stay at home FAQ’s
https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/business-closures-and-stay-at-home-faqs

Here are good support links for charities and those in the voluntary sector on Covid-19

The Government site for Charities

The Small Charities Coalition – lots of useful Covid-19 related links to other sites including funders   

The Government site for Community Interest Companies

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations which provides lots of advice and regular blog updates

Funding for farming and rural community support groups

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals, support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the crisis.

£100,000 total is available in this first round of funding and further details can be found at https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme

Detail and information on large scale employment opportunities across Ryedale

Ryedale District Council are pleased to be able to share the following large scale job opportunities currently available across Ryedale. Due to the fast moving situation, job opportunities may be filled before we can remove the listing. The opportunity to advertise large scale vacancies is open to any businesses with the need for large numbers of additional staff at this critical time.

If you have job opportunities you are looking to recruit for, please send us the details via

For opportunities across North Yorkshire, The Employment & Skills Exchange facebook group, created by the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub is open to everyone to do their bit to help keep businesses going. By sharing job opportunities, we want businesses of all sizes and workers to promote opportunities they may have or seek as a response to the current COVID-19 situation. Please go ahead and post opportunities that you know about in this group. For other job opportunities, contact your local job centre.

Job opportunities to appear here:

Added 26 March.
Karro Food Group
Temporary roles, to apply email or visit https://careers.karro.co.uk/jobsearch.cfm

See below if your business can support others at this time or you need help with staffing matters

Further queries can be directed to the Business team and we will endevour to reply as soon as possible. 

We are currently experiencing an enormous volume of enquiries regarding the business grants and would ask that you continue to refer to this webpage where updates will be posted at the point further information is available.

We appreciate this is a difficult time for all businesses, but rest assured, this is a top priority and we are working to ensure that the agreed financial support is paid as soon as possible.

 

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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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Phone: 01653 600666

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