If you've already applied to us for a Business Support Grant, please do not re-apply.

Tier 4 and January’s National Lockdown

The government has announced that business support that is available for businesses affected by January's National Lockdown

If you have applied to us for a Business Support Grant in November or December you do not need to apply again. We will use the details from your previous application to pay the grant awards your business is eligible to receive. 

Please note if you applied to us for a Business Grant and were approved prior to 10 January 2021, then we have paid the award you are eligible to receive for the period up to 15 February 2021.

If you applied for a Business Grant and were approved after 10 January 2021, we will be paying any awards that you are eligible for as soon as possible. 

If you have not previously applied to us for a Business Grant then please use the application form on this page.

There are two Business Grants which are described below. 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Businesses who pay Business Rates)

The government has advised us that Business Support will be available for all businesses who pay Business Rates, who were obliged to close as a result of the National Lockdown, which started on 5 January.

The available support is in 3 payments;

Payment 1: Tier 4 Payment (30 December 2020 to 4 January 2021)

Prior to the National Lockdown, Warrington was placed under Tier 4 Restrictions. There is support available for this short period of time, prior to January’s National Lockdown

Payment 2: National Lockdown (started 5 January)

There are 2 awards that are available to support businesses through the National Lockdown, which started on 5 January

Payment 2A: Local Restrictions Support Grant

This award is available to all businesses who are obliged to be closed through January’s National Lockdown.

The award covers an initial 6 week period – 5 January  2021 to 15 February 2021 and is based on the Rateable Value of your business premise;

  • If the Rateable Value of your business premise is less than £15,000, then the payment for the 6 week period from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021, is £2,001
  • If the Rateable Value of your business premise is between £15,001 and £51,000, then the payment for the 6 week period from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021, is £3,000
  • If the Rateable Value of your business premise is greater than £15,000, then the payment for the 6 week period from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021, is £4,500

Please note: if the National Lockdown continues to be in place, beyond 15 February then we expect further support to be made available.

Payment 2B: Closed Business Lockdown Payment

This award is also available to all businesses who are obliged to be closed through January’s National Lockdown.

This award is a one-off award to support businesses through January’s National Lockdown. The award is based on the Rateable Value of your business premise;

  • If the Rateable Value of your business premise is less than £15,000, then the one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment award is £4,000
  • If the Rateable Value of your business premise is between £15,001 and £51,000, then the one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment award is £6,000
  • If the Rateable Value of your business premise is greater than £15,000, then the one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment award is £9,000

How Do I Apply For This Award?

If you applied to us for a Business Grant during November’s National Lockdown, then you do NOT need to apply again. We will use the details from that application to pay the grants outlined above. Please only contact us if you need to tell us that you’ve changed your bank details since then.

If you did NOT apply to us for a Business grant during November’s National Lockdown, then please use the application form  below. 

Additional Restrictions Grant (Businesses who do not pay Business Rates)

If your business received an Additional Restrictions Grant payment covering the National Lockdown in November, then you are eligible to receive an extra Additional Restrictions Grant awards.

You will receive an award covering the the period 2 December 2020 and runs to the 15 February 2021.

Please note if you applied to us for an Additional Restrictions Grant and were approved prior to 10 January 2021 then we have paid the award you are eligible to receive up to the 15 February 2021.

If you applied for an Additional Restrictions Grant and were approved after 10 January 2021 we will be paying any awards you are eligible for as soon as possible. 

How Do I Apply For This Award?

If you applied to us for Additional Restrictions Grant during November’s National Lockdown, then you do NOT need to apply again. We will use the details from that application to make the payments outlined above. Please only contact us if you need to tell us that you’ve changed your bank details since then.

If you did NOT apply to us for a business grant during November’s National Lockdown, then please apply using the application form below.

I Have Not Applied Previously 

If you have not applied previously then you need to apply via our application form below.

The application form will automatically capture all the information we will need, in order to assess the eligibility of your business for the retrospective awards as well as the Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant.

Apply for a business support grant

Wet-Led Pubs Christmas Support Payment

The Government has also announced further support for Pubs who derive under 50% of their income from food sales.

Eligible businesses in this category, will receive a flat fee award of £1,000.

If you have not received an email from us and believe you may be eligible, please email WetLedPubChristmasSupportPayment@Warrington.gov.uk

Advice and support

Self-employed and recently started businesses

We aim to provide support to the self-employed sector and businesses who have recently commenced trading. If you fall into either of these categories, please email Warrington&Co where our dedicated Business Support team will provide advice and further guidance.

Advice for employers and business owners

We're working with our partners to ensure that local businesses are given the support and advice they need at this time. For all the latest employer and business information and guidance, please visit GOV.UK

Supporting your employees

People who follow advice to stay at home, and who cannot work as a result, are eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they're not ill themselves. As an employer, you're expected to use your discretion and respect the medical need to self-isolate in making decisions about sick pay.

You can support staff who are not eligible to receive sick pay by letting them know that they can claim Universal Credit and or contributory Employment and Support Allowance.

For more information about coronavirus, sick pay and benefits, please visit the Universal Credit website. 

Statutory sick pay refunds

For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of statutory sick pay per employee will be refunded in full by the government. In doing so, the government will provide two million businesses with up to £2billion to cover the costs of large-scale sick leave.

Businesses trading internationally

Advice and support is available for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad.

This includes:

  • Department for International Trade (DIT) support for UK business trading internationally
  • Financial support for business trading internationally

British businesses that may face disruption due to the spread of coronavirus can contact DIT's dedicated business support team.

Paying tax

new HMRC helpline has been launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to COVID-19.

If you run a business or are self-employed and have tax concerns, you can call 0800 0159 559 for help and advice.

Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub

As part of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the hub offers a range of information, advice and updates on its website for local and regional businesses.

Useful links