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This page was last updated on 27 March 2020

The City Council is working hard to collate information that it holds on all businesses eligible for grant funding announced by government to support businesses impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Details of these schemes are set out below.

The Council will be making contact with eligible businesses directly by email (from the City Council's Major Developments Team) or by post (where an email address is not held by the authority).

Full guidance on the grant funding schemes is available on gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding

If you think you are eligible and have not already made direct contact with the City Council, or if you have not received an email or letter from us, please complete the online declaration form below.

 

Before you start

  • Please have your company details to hand.
  • If you are unsure which local authority you should apply to, please check your business premises' postcode at gov.uk/find-local-council

Start online declaration form >

If your business is located within the North Kesteven local authority area, please visit www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/business/apply-for-a-business-grant-covid-19/.

If your business is located within the West Lindsey local authority area, please visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/businessgrants.

Contact a Local Business Advisor 

For access to a Business Advisor please contact the Business Lincolnshire Coronavirus Helpline on 01522 782 189

If you need further guidance please contact the City of Lincoln Council team by email at supportingbusiness@lincoln.gov.uk 

Or use the online contact form below.

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The government has set out a package of measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by Covid-19.

This consists of a £330 billion package of measures to support businesses, including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferral of VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England, which has been extended to include estate agents, lettings agents and bingo halls
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000
  • a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SME's through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time to Pay Scheme
  • a scheme to assist those who are self-employed

The latest information on these schemes and the support available to businesses can be found at businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support

 

Grants for Small Businesses

There will be a £10,000 cash grant to our smallest businesses, delivered by local authorities.

Small businesses that pay little or no business rates and are eligible for small business rate relief (SBRR) or rural rate relief do not need to apply for this grant.

Local authorities are waiting for detailed guidance as to how this will be administrated, however, the City of Lincoln Council is in the process of collating information for all eligible businesses in Lincoln.

We may be in contact with you via telephone, email or letter should we require any further information relating to your small business to assist in the payment of this grant when it becomes available.

 

Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Sector

There will be a £25,000 cash grant to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, delivered by local authorities.

A £25,000 grant will also be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

Local authorities are waiting for detailed guidance as to how this will be administrated, however, the City of Lincoln Council is in the process of collating information for all eligible businesses in Lincoln.

We may be in contact with you via telephone, email or letter should we require any further information relating to your small business to assist in the payment of this grant when it becomes available.

 

Planning for Pubs and Restaurants

The government are reviewing legislative to enable planning rules to be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak, the government has confirmed.

The measures will apply to hot food and drinks. Serving of alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws.

Permitted development rights already allow movement between one use class and another without planning permission in certain circumstances.

Businesses will be required to tell the local planning authority when the new use begins and ends. For any further advice please do not hesitate to contact the Council's Planning Team at developmentteam@lincoln.gov.uk