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Details about changes to licensing and our working practices will now be in the business and licensing section of the website. The best source of information and guidance on Coronavirus is on

Business grants

Additional Restrictions Grants (Omicron)

The Council is now accepting applications for its local Additional Restrictions Grants (Omicron)

The funding allocation for this grant was limited and for this reason was specifically intended to support those businesses that had been severely impacted by the omicron variant and had experienced an increase in booking cancellations or had been forced to close their business due to staff-self-isolation.

The Council will prioritise the following types of businesses:

  • Coach/Tour Operators
  • Taxi Drivers
  • Bed & Breakfast establishments which pay council tax instead of business rates
  • Businesses that supply services to the Hospitality, Leisure and Events sectors (who are not entitled to an Omicron Mandatory grant)
  • Personal Care (such as hairdressers, beauticians)
  • Small independent retailers who have had to close their business or can demonstrate a significant financial impact due to Omicron
  • Businesses in other sectors that can evidence an impact on their business from Covid-19

You are not eligible to claim if your business falls into any of the below categories:

  • Businesses which had already received grant payments that equal the maximum subsidy levels as set out in the Trade and Corporate Agreement with the European Union
  • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
  • Businesses that have received a Omicron Hospitality and Leisure mandatory grant
  • Directors who receive dividends
  • Businesses not listed above
  • Businesses listed above that have not been severely impacted by the Omicron variant

The application window closed on Monday 28 February. We will not be able to accept applications after this date due to the Governments tight timescales on awarding grant payments.

We will be working as fast as possible to process and issue payments and would like to thank you in advance for your patience.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Application

The application window for this grant closed on Sunday 13 February.

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Financial support

The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses.

Working safely

Read working safely during coronavirus on GOV.UK. This government guidance is to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guides cover a range of different types of businesses.

There are separate guidelines for transport operators.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) have issued some guidance on safe practices for animal businesses.

guide on maintaining records for staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.

Test and trace

From the 24 September 2020 some businesses will need to display a NHS QR code poster to let customers check in with the Test and Trace app. To find out which businesses need to do this and to get a QR code poster visit the NHS Covid information for organisations website.