Borough Council of Wellingborough

Coronavirus (COVID-19): services, facilities and guidance

Businesses

Business Rates

We are working with Government regarding the latest guidance for Business Rates relating to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Please follow this link for the latest advice and information.

Tier 3 and 4 Local Restrictions Grant Support

One grant will be paid every two weeks to businesses with a business rate property if they have been mandated to close or those operating under substantial restrictions due to tier 3 restrictions from 26th December 2020 or tier 4 restrictions from 31st December 2020.

One payment will be made every two weeks as follows:

Rateable value 15,000 or under                                                            £667
Rateable value 15,001 – 50,999                                                         £1,000
Rateable value 51,000 or over                                                            £1,500

Please download the application form to apply.

Discretionary Grant Payments

These grants are paid solely at the discretion of the Council’s Section 151 Officer.  We have limited funding for this scheme so grants are predominantly aimed at:

  • Businesses with a business property but no business rate liabilities which have been forced to close.
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs which can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 tier 3 and tier 4 restrictions.

No grants will be paid to businesses without a fixed commercial premises.  If you do not have a business premises you will need to apply for a self-employed grant or Universal Credit. The grants will only be paid when the non-domestic property is in the geographical area of the Borough Council of Wellingborough.

Grants will not be paid without the requested supporting evidence for each section of the application.

Discretionary grants will not be paid to any business which has received tier 3 or tier 4 grant already in relation to their business rate liability.

Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

This scheme will end as soon as the tier 3 and tier 4 restrictions are withdrawn.

Please download the application form to apply.

Local Restrictions Grant Support for businesses 

If your business is required to close during the second national lockdown (5 November to 2 December), you will be able to apply online for the Local Restrictions Grant Support.

If your application is sucessful, the grant will be paid to the business rate payer. Please download the application form to apply.

You will need provide us with information when you apply, to help us process your application quickly. This will include information about:

  • the ratepayer, including your business rates reference number
  • your business, including your address (with the postcode) and business sector

We're expecting a high number of applications and our team will work through these as quickly as possible, check eligibility and make payments.

If you have any questions, email us at: covidgrants@wellingborough.gov.uk - we will respond as soon as we are able to.

Please note: This application process is only for those businesses required to close by Government. If your business is not required to close or does not have a business rate account and has been severely impacted by the lockdown, a separate scheme is being developed. We will publish more information in the near future.

Christmas Support Payments for Wet-Led Pubs

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions. This is a one-off flat rate grant of £1,000. Please download the application form to apply.

Please note this scheme will close on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by 31 January 2021.

Local Restrictions Grant Support

From 2nd December onwards, one grant will be paid every two weeks to businesses only if they have been mandated to close due to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.

Please download the application form to apply.

Environmental Health

Keep up to date with the latest guidance and changes from our Environmental Health team on the dedicated page here.

Guidance

The latest guidance has been published regarding measures changing for certain businesses from 4 July.

Guidance for working safely during Coronavirus for restaurants and takeaway.

Guidance for working safely during Coronavirus offering close contact services

Guidance for opening businesses and venues from 4 July

Government guidance has been published for businesses and other venues subject to further social distancing measures.

The Government has announced relaxation of planning rules to assist pubs and restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses are advised to read the latest Government guidance on business rates affected by coronavirus

Government guidance for food businesses

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is now available through participating lenders. Small businesses are advsied to read the latest guidance from British Business Bank.

 

Business specific guidance for businesses looking to re-open following the COVID-19 pandemic:

COVID-19 Factories, Plants and Warehouses
COVID-19 Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
COVID-19 Offices and contact centres
COVID-19 Shops and branches
COVID-19 Work in or from Vehicles
COVID-19 General Advice - 5 steps for business
Re-open your business following the COVID-19 pandemic