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We are pleased to announce that a 'back to business pack' is available for small businesses who are currently open, or allowed to open in June (in line with the Government's COVID-19 guidelines). The pack is made up of a range of posters reinforcing social distancing and letting customers know how your business will operate under the new restrictions. It also includes floor stickers to mark out safe 2m distances. For more information and eligibility, click here


Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Government announced a discretionary fund to help certain small businesses previously outside the criteria to receive grants from the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Scheme. We are anticipating opening this scheme to applications w/c 8 June 2020 and specific criteria is associated with this funding which can be found by clicking the link below.

This additional fund is aimed at small businesses with high ongoing fixed commercial property-related costs. Priority will be given to businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates. But local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need. The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of local authorities.

Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

Only businesses which were trading on 11 March 2020 are eligible for this scheme.

There will be grants of up to a maximum of £10,000 and for those exceptional circumstances, a maximum grant of £25,000.

See official Gov.uk statement.

We are working through the detail received from central Government and are, as a priority, determining the exact criteria, how we can ensure the maximum number of eligible businesses can benefit from the £1.1M scheme and how we are going to administer this new arrangement. While the discretionary funding was announced on 1 May 2020, Councils were not sent the detailed guidance until weeks later, so this explains the delay on our part. Until the Council has completed this undertaking we cannot confirm exactly which businesses and circumstances will be eligible.

We anticipate making the scheme available to applications w/c 8 June 2020. We will publish information and instruction here on the Council’s website as soon as we can. 

 


Information on the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Schemes

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

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.

 


Free Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) membership

Ryedale District Council is extending a pioneering scheme to support businesses in the area by offering further free memberships of the FSB.

FSB membership provides vital support including a funding platform, medical care helpline and free debt recovery, as well as a renowned legal hub for advice and also a range of training and networking opportunities.

To enquire about joining via the free membership scheme, businesses should send a contact name, their business name and contact phone number to  with the subject line “RDC enquiry”. An FSB membership advisor will then be in touch to answer questions and help businesses access the free membership. 

 

 


Click the boxes below for information on the Government support schemes

We understand businesses are struggling to process the amount of information that is being provided by government and local partners, which could result in businesses missing out on crucial support available.

The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has provided a series of simple visual guides to help businesses navigate their way through a number of schemes.

The York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub website has been updated, offering free business advice and support, including advice on the COVID-19 crisis.

Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

 

Paying your employees

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

 

Paying sick pay

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Paying tax

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Deferral of Self-Assessment payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time

 

Business rates relief

Check if your retail, hospitality or leisure business is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check if your nursery is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Business support grant funds

Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses

 

Support for the self-employed

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

 

Support for small and medium-sized businesses

Apply for the coronavirus Bounce Bank Loan Scheme

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund 

 

Support for large businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

 

The Government has set up a Business Support FAQs website and one where you can get Business Support Latest Information which is updated daily.

 


Reopening and working safely during COVID-19 

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic is available at www.gov.uk

 


Other specific help and support in place

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-19 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

Guidance for employers on social distancing can be found on the central Government website www.gov.uk/guidance/social-distancing-in-the-workplace

The Government has also produced eight workplace guidance documents on different types of work and are available at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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.

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 businesses. The bills reflecting this started to be issued on 20 March 2020. Any ratepayer who falls into this category, but has not received an updated bill by 10 April 2020 should contact Revenues Services on 01653 600666 so we can check your account accordingly.

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-19 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

Business closures

There has been an update (24 April 2020) on the official Government guidance on business and venue closures. This follows the extension of social distancing measures until at least 7 May. A small number of minor amendments to the regulations were made this morning, for clarity and to ease the operation of the regulations. The regulations also clarify the following:

  • The measures require a reasonable excuse to leave and remain outside of the house.
  • Burial grounds may remain open, and grounds surrounding a crematorium may also remain open, including gardens of remembrance. It is also a reasonable excuse for people to leave their home to visit such a site, in order to pay respects to a loved one. See Birth, deaths and ceremonies.
  • Livestock markets and auctions may operate.
  • Clarity that outdoor swimming pools (in addition to indoor) should be closed.
  • All money service businesses may remain open. Withdrawing or depositing money is also listed as a reasonable excuse to be out of the house.
  • Clarification that prosecutions for breaches of the measures while they are in place will be brought or continued following lifting of the measures.
  • Clarity that those aged 18 and over can be issued with fixed penalty notices.
  • Clarity on the way regulations and enforcement apply to children and their responsible adults (that is, the ability to instruct the responsible adult to escort the child home if the child breaches the regulations.)

At the time of writing, we are awaiting an update on the official government guidance on business and venue closures to reflect these latest changes.

 


Support links for charities and those in the voluntary sector

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 COVID-19 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

 


Free training resources for employers and employees

The Skills Toolkit is a new online learning platform launched by the Government. It gives people access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses, to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects. Digital skills are becoming increasingly essential across a vast array of jobs and sectors in the modern workforce, with three quarters (75%) of all job openings requiring at least basic digital skills.

Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need and boosting growth and productivity.

 

Through Skills Support for the Workforce businesses can develop and implement bespoke training programmes, which will help to meet their growth ambitions by satisfying their workforce’s immediate and long term skills needs.

Delivered, at no cost to you, by professional training on a range of business topics, based around bespoke training plans designed to help your business and people develop and grow.

 

The University of York have a mix of live and pre-recorded online courses to support local businesses. These courses are written and developed by University of York staff and tutors and build on their excellent knowledge and reputation for delivering development programmes to businesses.

The courses will help managers and individuals through current business challenges, improve resilience and mental wellbeing and identify the necessary strategies to prepare businesses for the next step.

 


Information on employment opportunities across Ryedale & North Yorkshire

A new service has been launched to help those who have been made unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in the York & North Yorkshire region to get back into employment, whilst also supporting key regional employers with the challenges they face where staffing is concerned due to the pandemic.

York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse, brings the expertise of the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub together to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for both job seekers and local employers.

This service will be promoted online through the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub websiteand social media channels, including the Growth Hub’s Facebook Groupwhich at a grassroots level, is promoting the sharing of jobs and skills amongst our communities.

In addition, Ryedale District Council are pleased to be able to share the following large scale job opportunities. 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

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

 


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

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

We appreciate this is a difficult time for all businesses, but rest assured, we are working continuously to ensure we support everyone in a relevant and timely way.

 

Contact us


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

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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