Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

Many council services are reduced or disrupted. Check our coronavirus page for the most up-to-date information. Read the latest and sign up for updates.

Support for businesses

The deadline for applications for support grants is Friday 28 August.

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COVID-19: support for businesses

Read guidance from the UK government on support for businesses. 

Information about the government's grant fund scheme.

Returning to work after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Business Impact Survey

We have launched a second COVID-19 Business Impact survey. Businesses are encouraged to complete the survey by 5pm on Monday 25 May 2020 in order for us to have a clear picture of the local impact.

Review the findings from the first survey here

Responsible trading

Local and national reports are being received of: 

  • trading in contrary to directions to close 
  • sale of goods not in line with either safety or manufacturer requirements 
  • unreasonable price hiking 

We are monitoring such reports, and as far is possible, will intervene to protect public safety and the rights of consumers. We will work the police and other agencies as is necessary.

Guidance to restaurants and pubs operating takeaway and home delivery services

In light of government guidance and new laws recently put in place, businesses can continue to operate on a takeaway or home delivery basis, or both. Any planning restrictions, such as use class have been relaxed to allow this, but licensing restrictions have not been relaxed. As such, premises may only serve alcohol on a takeaway or home delivery basis if they hold a premises licence or other licensing authorisation that permits “off sales”. 

Responsible trading during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the latest update on licensing restictions

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

The government has announced a new package of support to businesses to avoid making redundancies. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to all UK employers. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC is working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement.  

Further information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Support for self-employed 

Following the Chancellor's announcement, self-employed people may receive 80% of their average profits of the last three years, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months. For full details of this scheme visit the government business support website. You can find FAQs here.  

If you need employment advice please email with your queries and we will provide or signpost you to the right information, advice and guidance.

Business rates and Government Business Support Grant funding

Find out what the coronavirus pandemic means for your business rates bill.