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Coronavirus (COVID-19) For information on changes to our services, how to get help, support your community, advice and grants for employers and businesses visit our Coronavirus pages.

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Coronavirus - Business and licensing

Details about changes to licensing and our working practices will now be in the business and licensing section of the website.

Re-opening and 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.

Face masks will be compulsory in shops from Friday 24 July. We have produced a poster for you to print off and display.

Financial support

GOV.UK has details on all the financial support schemes available to businesses and how to check if you are eligible.

The Coronavirus Job retention scheme may pay part of your employees’ wages.  

If you are self-employed you may be able to claim under the Self-employment income support scheme.

The Zoo Support Fund is now open to applications. The fund is intended to help smaller zoos at immediate risk to protect the welfare of animals living on site or by rehoming. 

Small business grant fund

Businesses in receipt of small business rate relief on 11 March 2020 can apply for a grant of £10,000. There are some exceptions:

  • properties which are occupied for personal use, for example, private stables, beach huts and moorings will not qualify for a cash grant even if they are in receipt of relief
  • properties where the liability is calculated using the small business multiplier but not in receipt of small business rate relief will not qualify for the grant.

Please see the government guidance for full details of the scheme.

If you think you might be eligible for funding complete the form and return it to local.taxation@westoxon.gov.uk.The closing date for applications is 21 August 2020.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud, any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to clawback.

Keeping up to date

We will be sending out regular email updates in our Business Matters newsletter. Join our mailing list to receive the latest business news and read previous editions.

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Hospitality pack

We have produced a number of signage posters for you to download and print to use in your business.