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.

Update 26 February 2021: Central Government has produced new guidance on reopening businesses and venues in England

National Lockdown Grants - 05 January 2021 Onwards

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 05 January 2021 Onwards Scheme (LRSG5JAN) - NOW OPEN

This scheme is an extension to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme but has been adapted for the period of the national restrictions. The level of grant funding on offer for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 is:

  • £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.

For the period 05 January 2021 to 15 February 2021, the level of grant funding was:

  • £4,500 per 42-day qualifying restriction period for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 and over.
  • £3,000 per 42-day qualifying restriction period for businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999.
  • £2,001 per 42-day qualifying restriction period for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under.

If you haven't applied previously please read the policy and fill in the LRSG (Closed) Addendum application form.

For the 42-day payment made for the period beginning 05 January 2021, the application closure date is 31 March 2021 and final payments must be made by 30 April 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

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment Scheme (CBLP) - NOW OPEN

Eligibility for this scheme is the same as the LRSG (Closed) Addendum: 05 January 2021 Onwards Scheme, and is a one-off payment for businesses with a business rates account that have been required to close by Government due to the introduction of national restrictions. The level of grant funding on offer is:

  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 and over.
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999.
  • £4,000 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.

However, if you haven't applied previously, please read the policy and fill in the LRSG (Closed) Addendum application form.

This scheme will close for applications on 31 March 2021 and final payments must be made by 30 April 2021.

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

Additional Restrictions Grant: 05 January 2021 Onwards Scheme (ARG5JAN) - OPEN UNTIL 05 MARCH 2021

This is a discretionary scheme that is aimed only at supporting businesses that are unable to access the LRSG (Closed) Addendum: 05 January 2021 Onwards Scheme (LRSG5JAN) and the Closed Business Lockdown Payment Scheme (CBLP) during the current lockdown period and yet have been adversely impacted by the lockdown and have fixed costs to meet.

We are unable to top-up funding for recipients of the LRSG5JAN or the CBLP Schemes through this discretionary fund.

The maximum grant available through this fund is £13,500, and further details on funding amounts are provided in the policy.

To apply, please read the policy and then fill in the Discretionary Lockdown Grant Form making sure you tick the required option on the form. Please note, if eligible you can apply to both the ARG5JAN and the HLS grant using the same application form.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 05 March 2021. The scheme may need to close earlier if all of the funding pot is allocated before this time.

Any questions about this scheme should be directed to economic.regeneration@tmbc.gov.uk

Hospitality and Leisure Supplement (HLS) - OPEN UNTIL 05 MARCH 2021

In recognition of the additional costs faced by the hospitality and leisure sector, the Borough Council has established a Hospitality and Leisure Supplement (HLS) using Additional Restrictions Grant funding. This scheme is aimed only at supporting the following businesses that have been severely adversely affected by the January 2021 Onwards lockdown:

  • Restaurants, Cafes and Canteens
  • Pubs, Bars and Social Clubs
  • Sports and Leisure Facilities
  • Hotels and B&Bs
  • Entertainment Venues

Businesses that are eligible for the LRSG5JAN and the CBLP are eligible to apply to this supplement.

The maximum grant available through this supplement is £4,500 and further details are provided in the policy.

To apply, please read the policy and then fill in the Discretionary Lockdown Grant Form making sure you tick the required option on the form. Please note, if eligible you can apply to both the ARG5JAN and the HLS grant using the same application form.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 05 March 2021. The scheme may need to close earlier if all of the funding pot is allocated before this time.

Any questions about this scheme should be directed to economic.regeneration@tmbc.gov.uk

Grants covering the period before 05 January 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant for Tier 3 and Tier 4 (LRSGT3T4) - CLOSED DURING PERIOD OF NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS

Businesses that are registered for business rates in Tonbridge & Malling that have been required to close due to Tier 3 (and subsequently Tier 4) restrictions from 02 December 2020 (even if they are still able to provide a delivery or 'click and collect' service) will be eligible for a grant. The level of grant available to businesses is determined by the rateable value of their premises, as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants will be £667 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • For properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, grants will be £1,000 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants will be £1,500 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.

Grants will be paid automatically to any business that has previously applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the period between 05 November and 02 December 2020.

If you have not applied yet, please do so quickly as you may lose out! Please read the Council's LRSG policies first (including the policy specifically relating to Tier 4) and then, if eligible, apply here.

Any questions about this scheme should be redirected to inspectors@tmbc.gov.uk.

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (LRSG) - STILL OPEN

Relates to the National Lockdown - 05 November to 02 December 2020

The Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (LRSG) supported businesses in the Borough that registered for Business Rates in Tonbridge & Malling and were required to close due to the national restrictions between 05 November and 02 December 2020. Business that are registered for Business Rates in Tonbridge & Malling and have been required to close (even if they are still able to provide a delivery or 'click and collect' service) should apply to this scheme. The level of grant available to businesses is determined by the rateable value of their premises, as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants will be £1,334 per 28 day qualifying restriction period
  • For properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, grants will be £2,000 per 28 day qualifying restriction period
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over, grants will be £3,000 per 28 day qualifying restriction period.

Businesses wishing to apply should read the Council's Policy first and then, if eligible, fill in the application form.

Any questions should be directed to inspectors@tmbc.gov.uk

Christmas Support Payment for Wet-led Pubs (CSP) - NOW CLOSED

Funding has now been allocated, with 56 businesses each receiving the £1,000 grant for the restrictions period in December 2020.

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (for businesses that remained open 02-19 December 2020) (LRSGO) - NOW CLOSED

Having closed this call on 21 January 2021, all of the LRSGO funding has now been allocated. This funding round was supplemented with Additional Restriction Grant funding, and provided a total of around £300,000 to just over 250 businesses.

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.