Covid-19 business support - latest updates
We understand the concerns of businesses and self-employed people across the county at this very difficult time. We are here to give advice and support to all County Durham businesses, large and small.
Durham Business Recovery Grant
Source: DCC, published January 14, 2021
The Durham Business Recovery Grant is a £5million fund to help County Durham businesses to recover from the effects of Covid-19.
£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs
Source: government, published January 6, 2021
The Chancellor has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. £594 million of discretionary fund has also been made available to support other impacted businesses.
Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes
Source: government, published December 22, 2020
The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages. Rishi Sunak also confirmed he would be extending the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March.
Business evictions ban extended until March
Source: government, published December 9, 2020
Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021.
Boost for high street as opening hours extended for Christmas shopping
Source: government, published December 1, 2020
From Wednesday 2 December, as England returns to a system of tiered restrictions, all non-essential retail across England will be able to reopen, and planning rules limiting opening hours will be eased to allow shops to be open for longer Monday to Saturday throughout December and into January.
Source: DCC press release, published November 13, 2020 4.40pm
Eligible businesses affected by local and national coronavirus restrictions are being encouraged to apply for the latest round of government grants.
Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
Source: government, published November 9, 2020
The government has updated guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways (hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs in England had to close from 5 November but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only).
Support for County Durham residents and businesses
Source: DCC press release, published November 6, 2020 4.45pm
Help and support remains available for people and businesses in County Durham during the current lockdown period.
Business grants update
Source: DCC, published November 6, 2020, 12:03
While we wait for further information from government, we've published information currently available, along with an email address for you to request an email alert when you're able to apply.
Furlough extended to March 2021 and increases in self-employed support
Source: government, published November 5, 2020, 2.35pm
The government announced on 5 November that they will extend the furlough or Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which will now run until the end of March with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.
In addition, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be increased, with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500.
We will continue to provide detail as it is announced.
- Gov.uk: Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support
- Gov.uk: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
See our Covid-19 business support - previous news and updates page for previous news and updates.