Small business grants
The Small Business and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure business grant schemes are now closed to new applications. If you have already submitted an application and have not yet heard back, the government has given us until 30 September 2020 to review these and make a decision. We’ll contact you if we require any additional information.
No further applications will be accepted.
Support for the self-employed
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) supports self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months. This may be extended if needed.
The first phase of applications for this scheme ended on the 13 July. The next phase closes on 19 October 2020.
Advice for retail & hospitality businesses
We’ve produced advice for retail businesses around what they need to consider to protect staff and public safety and minimise the spread of Covid-19. This includes a number of simple poster options to download to help manage physical distancing.
Keeping safe at work
Find advice on decontamination for businesses, where a possible or confirmed COVID-19 case has spent time while symptomatic.
Businesses can also download and print the government’s coronavirus posters to display within their work spaces.
The government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:
- the coronavirus, COVID-19
- how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
- what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
All businesses must put controls in place and ensure staff and customers keep to physical distancing of at least two metres between each person. You should also consider limiting the number of customers in your premises at any one time. This is for everyone’s safety to reduce the risk of infection.
There is more information about physical distancing in the workplace at GOV.UK and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have made a video guide to hand washing.
If you have an enquiry, please email email@example.com.
To help us follow up your enquiry more quickly, please submit your business rates reference number when you contact us. (This is the 8-digit number on the top right of your business rates bill).
The government's frequently asked questions on grant funding schemes can be found in our support for Business FAQs.
Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme
You can also read our Business Support FAQs to see how the government package of measures affects your business.
Every small business in the city that has been awarded retail relief as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, has had their business rates cancelled for the next 12 months as part of a package of measures to support small businesses.
We have proactively cancelled Direct Debits and contacted what we believe are all the eligible businesses in the city to ensure they are aware that they do not have to pay any business rates for the next 12 months. See details of business support in Brighton & Hove.
Please contact us if you pay business rates with a Retail Value of £51,000 or under and believe you have not yet been recognised as being entitled to retail relief.
Beware of scams
We are aware of a scam email that claims to come from a store ‘head office’ or ‘manager’ asking for business rates reference numbers.
There are also scams involving emails appearing to come from GOV.UK about Government Business Grants.
If you receive an email like this please delete it and do not reply.
Please note that emails regarding the retail, hospitality and leisure grant scheme for the Brighton & Hove area will be sent from an '@brighton-hove.gov.uk' address. Do not respond to any emails that do not have such an address.
If you want to submit your details for consideration of business grants please do so through our secure online portal.