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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.

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Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers

Source: government, published October 23, 2020, 5.30pm

The government has announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus.

See Gov.uk: Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers.


Local restrictions business support grant

Source: DCC, published October 23, 2020, 1.20pm

On 22 October 2020 the Chancellor announced a new grant scheme for businesses in areas where Tier 2 restrictions are currently in place. Businesses will not need to be legally closed to be eligible and the grants will have retrospective effect for areas which have already been under enhanced restrictions and can be backdated to the date Tier 2 restrictions were applied.

We're awaiting guidance from the Government and we'll update this page with the full details along with an application form as soon as it becomes available.

See Gov.uk: Plan for Jobs - Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers.


Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid restrictions

Source: government, published October 12, 2020, 9.45am

The government's Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses required to close due to Covi-19 restrictions. The government will pay two thirds of staff salaries to protect jobs. Cash grants for businesses required to close in local lockdowns also increased to up to £3,000 per month.

Gov.uk: Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions


Covid-19 Business Support Brochure

Source: Business Durham, published October 6, 2020

Business Durham has produced a COVID-19 Business Support Brochure to highlight the support currently available for businesses from them and their partners across the North East.


Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Source: government, published September 24, 2020 

Rishi Sunak unveils government's plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.

Find out more: Gov.uk: News story - Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan.


Venues required to enforce rule of six, NHS QR code posters and contact logs

Source: government, published September 18, 2020 5.00pm

Hospitality venues in England are from today (18 September) legally required to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000.

Regulations come into force today to ensure that businesses comply with the 'rule of 6' and maintain social distancing between customers. Businesses failing to comply could be issued with fines of up to £4,000. Designated venues will also now have a legal requirement to maintain records of customer contact details and display an official NHS QR code poster ahead of the rollout of the NHS COVID-19 app on Thursday 24 September. 

Find out more: Gov.uk: Press release - Venues required to enforce rule of 6, NHS QR code posters and contact logs.


Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Source: NHS, published September 16, 2020 3.00pm

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download NHS QR codes via a website to display as posters at their entrances so customers can use the new COVID-19 app to easily check-in. The app is being launched across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September and the posters will play an important role in NHS Test and Trace, allowing multiple people to be contacted if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues. 

Find out more: NHS: Venue check-in for organisations.


Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

Source: government, published September 9, 2020

Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local COVID-19 interventions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks. The scheme provides a safety net to further protect jobs where a business is required to close.

The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close and smaller businesses will receive £1,000. 

Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a 3-week lockdown period. Each new 3-week lockdown period triggers an additional payment.

Gov.uk: Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns


Previous news

See our Covid-19 business support - previous news and updates page for previous news and updates.

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