The Government’s business support site lists all of the financial assistance mentioned below, as well as other sources of funding.
A new Top-up to local business grant funds scheme offering grants of up to £25k has been set up for small businesses in England previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme, aimed at those businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. Businesses must be 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. Local authorities can choose to make payments to other businesses on a case by case basis.
Any business with Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme can transfer the first £50k to the bounce back loan. Businesses cannot have a CBIL and also apply for the bounce back, hence the option to transfer if the loan is £50k or under.
The Bounce Back Loan scheme is now open for applications. The scheme allows small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000, with the Government guaranteeing 100% of the loan, which is interest-free for the first 12 months. Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The Government has also agreed with lenders that flat rate of 2.5% interest will be charged on these loans.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is being extended so all viable small businesses affected by Covid-19, and not just those unable to secure regular commercial financing, will now be eligible should they need finance to keep operating. The Government is also stopping lenders from requesting personal guarantees for loans under £250,000 and making operational changes to speed up lending approvals. The Government will continue to cover the first twelve months of interest and fees.
The Government has extended the maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme from £50million to £200million. Eligible businesses can borrow up to 25% of turnover.
The scheme is now open for applications. All major banks are offering this scheme.
The full rules of the scheme and the list of accredited lenders are available on the British Business Bank website.
Small businesses may have access to the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)
The Government will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.
The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.
Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.
Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.
Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.