Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses

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The Borough Council recognises the huge strain being felt by a large number of our businesses at present and is committed to doing everything we can to provide support during this difficult period.

Restart Grants - 01 April 2021 Onwards

Mandatory Restart Grants

The Mandatory Restart Grants are aimed at supporting businesses with a business rates account that fit into one of the following two categories:

  • Non-Essential Retail Businesses
  • Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym Businesses

The level of funding on offer for non-essential retail businesses with a business rates account is:

  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 01 April 2021
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 01 April 2021
  • £2,667 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 01 April 2021.

The level of funding on offer for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses with a business rates account is:

  • £18,000 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 01 April 2021
  • £12,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 01 April 2021
  • £8,000 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 01 April 2021.

If you haven't applied previously please read the policy and fill in the Restart Grant application form ahead of the closing date for applications on 30 June 2021.

For any queries about this scheme, please contact inspectors@tmbc.gov.uk

ARG (Discretionary) Restart Grants - Round 1 NOW CLOSED

Round 1 of the ARG (Discretionary) Restart Grants closed on 10 May 2021. We are currently working through all the applications, undertaking checks, and processing for payment in batches. Successful applicants will hear from us shortly.

Subject to receiving further funding from Central Government, eligible businesses that miss out on funding from this call for applications may be able to apply for a second round of ARG (Discretionary) Restart Grant funding. Further details on this will be released by the end of June 2021.

For further information on eligibility criteria and grant award levels, please read our policy.

For any queries about this scheme, please contact economic.regeneration@tmbc.gov.uk

National Lockdown Grants - 05 January to 31 March 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 05 January 2021 Onwards Scheme (LRSG5JAN) - STILL OPEN FOR PERIOD 16 FEBRUARY TO 31 MARCH 2021.

This scheme is an extension to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme but has been adapted for the period of the national restrictions. As of 31 March 2021, the scheme is now closed to applications for the period 05 January - 15 February 2021, but is still open for applications for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021. For the 44-day period from 16 February to 31 March 2021, the grant levels are as follows:

  • £4,714 per 44-day qualifying restriction period for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 and over.
  • £3,143 per 44-day qualifying restriction period for businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999.
  • £2,096 per 44-day qualifying restriction period for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under.

Businesses that have already applied for the LRSG (Closed) Scheme will receive automatic payments so there is no need to contact us. We will notify you as soon as the Government funding has been received.

If you haven't applied previously please read the policy and fill in the LRSG (Closed) Addendum application form ahead of the closing date for applications on 31 May 2021.

For the 44-day payment made for the period beginning 16 February 2021, the application closure date is 31 May 2021 and final payments must be made by 30 June 2021.

Any queries regarding this scheme should be sent to inspectors@tmbc.gov.uk

Covid-19 Business Helpline

The Local Covid-19 Business Helpline (part-funded by TMBC) can be accessed via 03333 602300 (open 8:30am-5:00pm Monday to Friday). Since it opened, the helpline has helped to answer to over 1,000 enquiries from Tonbridge & Malling businesses. If you need to talk over any aspect of your business, including the availability of financial support, they will be able to help.

Useful Advice and Information

A range of practical advice, support and information is also available via the following links:

Central Government Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Federation of Small Business

British Chambers of Commerce

Confederation of British Industry

South East LEP - Digital Skills Support and Advice

South East Growth Hub

Visit Kent- geared specifically towards businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Locate in Kent

Food Standards Agency - advice for food businesses on re-opening and adapting.

Entitledto has provided useful information about accessing benefits for self-employed people or employees that have been affected by coronavirus.

This page will be continually updated as soon as further information is made available from Central Government.