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As we enter autumn and rates of coronavirus infection are rising, a growing number of local areas are entering local lockdown. In many cases, targeted restrictions have forced certain types of business to close. To help such firms, the government recently announced a scheme of local grants. Even if you are not currently subject to a local lockdown, you may be in the future. So it’s definitely worth familiarising yourself with how this new scheme works.

What are local lockdown grants?

Local lockdown grants are aimed at businesses in England that are required to close because of local lockdowns or targeted restrictions. Large businesses will receive £1,500 for every three weeks they have to close. Small firms will get £1,000. All grants are taxable.

How is a ‘large’ or ‘small’ business defined?

For the purposes of this grant, a large business occupies premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, or occupies a property (or part of a property) with an annual rent or mortgage payment of £51,000 or more.

A small business occupies premises with a rateable value of less that £51,000, or occupies a property (or part of a property) with an annual rent or mortgage payment of less than £51,000.

Which businesses aren’t eligible?

Businesses that don’t fit the large or small business criteria above are not eligible. Types of business that are still closed at a national level (such as night clubs) also don’t qualify.. Finally, businesses that are not eligible for the discretionary Local Authority grant (see below), can’t apply for a local lockdown grant.

My business doesn’t fit the ‘small’ or ‘large’ criteria. What do I do?

Local authorities will receive an additional 5% business support funding to provide discretionary grants. Grants can be of any amount up to £1,500.

Can I combine local lockdown grants with other funding?

Yes. You can still apply even if you have received other government support, such as via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Who distributes the local lockdown grants?

The relevant local authority distributes the grants. Be aware that they have the power to apply further eligibility criteria, so check directly with your local council to make sure you can apply.

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About Jon Pryse-Jones

Since joining THP in 1978, Jon Pryse-Jones has been hands on with every area of the business. Now specialising in strategy, business planning, and marketing, Jon remains at the forefront of the growth and development at THP.

An ideas man, Jon enjoys getting the most out of all situations, “I act as a catalyst for creative people and encourage them to think outside the box,” he says, “and I’m not afraid of being confrontational. It often leads to a better result for THP and its clients.”

Jon’s appreciation for THP extends to his fellow team members and the board.  “They really know how to run a successful business,” he says.  He’s keen on IT and systems development as critical to success, and he continues to guide THP to be at the cutting edge and effective.

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