Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Chesterfield is now in Tier 3 - Very High alert. Find out how it is affecting our services.

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Key contacts at Chesterfield borough Council for Businesses

at Chesterfield Borough Council

Telephone: 01246 345345
Online contact form: enquiry form
Business enquiries: economicdevelopment@chesterfield.gov.uk
Licensing email: licensing@chesterfield.gov.uk
Environmental health email: food@chesterfield.gov.uk

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News and updates

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant

Businesses may be entitled to a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) payment if it has been told to close during the national lockdown restrictions from 5 November 2020.

Find out more and apply.

 

Further changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The government has announced that both schemes will be extended further, beyond the end of the current second lockdown. The CJRS (commonly known as the furlough scheme) will now be available until the end of March 2021. This will offer 80% of employees current salary. It is to be assumed that this will include the already announced cap of £2,500 per month.

Under the newly outlined changes, the SEISS will have a third payment for the period from November to January. This will be to cover 80% of average trading profits, with a cap of £7,500.

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Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

National restrictions - from Thursday 5 November 2020

The council is still awaiting Government guidance on the business support schemes that will operate through the period of the four-week lockdown. The council anticipates receiving an allocation of funding to enable it to give grants of up to £3,000 (with the amounts per business linked to rateable value) per business where they are required to close for the period from 5 November to 2 December.

With Chesterfield borough moving from a Tier 1 area to a Tier 2 area (high COVID alert level) on 17 October, the council will also receive an allocation of funding to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that suffered from reduced demand from 17 October to 4 November.

Finally, the council will receive a share of Government’s recently announced £1.1 billion Additional Restrictions Grant. The amount of funding the council will receive is still to be confirmed. This is a discretionary grant scheme for local authorities to decide how best to use it to support local businesses.

The council will share more details on the above schemes when it has received further Government guidance and knows exactly how much funding it has to allocate, to support local businesses affected both immediately prior to and during the period of the four-week lockdown.

 
Coronavirus Job Retention scheme (CJRS) extended to December 2020

Otherwise known as the furlough scheme, and due to finish at the end of October, the Coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) is to be extended by a further month. This will also see the pausing of Job Support Scheme (JSS), that was due to commence on 1 November 2020.
The new version of the CJRS will allow employers to claim for up to 80% of the wages of employees for the hours that have not been worked.  This will be up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for each employee though employers will continue to be responsible for both National Insurance and pension contributions.
There is no requirement for the business claiming CJRS to have used the previous version of the scheme but to claim the employee needs to have been in employment with the employer on the 30th October.
For further information, as it becomes available, please consult the Government website.

 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Scheme Extended

Alongside the new Job Support Scheme available to businesses due to the affects of the pandemic, the government has extended the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The scheme will be open to those who have already participated in the SEISS and will cover the period November 2020 to April 2021. The payments from the scheme will be made in two instalments each one covering a three-month period.

The first payment will cover 40% of average monthly trading profits up to a maximum of £3,750. The basis of calculation for the second 3-month period from February to April 2021 has not been announced.

Further information is available on the Government website.

  

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Government information

Coronavirus general information - GOV.UK


Commercial property information

Support for commercial tenants

As a landlord to over 400 commercial tenants, we recognise that some of our tenants will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to support businesses through this difficult period and have put the following measures in place for those who need support:

Voluntary / Charity sector

  • Rent charged during the period of 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 will be waived
  • This is designed to ease the financial burden faced by your organisation and does not affect any other terms of your tenancy agreement.

Our rental billing system is being updated to reflect the waived rent. Should you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us via email: asset.management@chesterfield.gov.uk

Retail, food, leisure and other large businesses which have been forced to close down

  • Businesses who have been forced to close will have the option to defer rental payments for the period of 1 April to 30 June 2020.
  • The sum deferred will be recovered as part of the rental payments made over the following 18 months. If your lease is due to end within the 18-month period, payment will be expected at lease end or alternatively should you renew your lease the 18-month period will be honoured into the new lease.
  • We would be grateful if you could confirm via email if you wish to take up this offer: asset.management@chesterfield.gov.uk
  • Please note our rental billing system will continue to issue invoices for the rent due, but rest assured we will not be chasing payment of such should you wish to accept our offer of rental deferment.
  • This offer does not constitute a change to the other terms and conditions in your tenancy agreement.

Other office and industrial businesses

  • All other businesses can apply to the council for their rental payments to be similarly deferred for the period of 1 April to 30 June 2020. Each application will be assessed on its individual merits, taking into account the type of business and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its ability to trade.
  • If agreed, the sum deferred will be recovered as part of the rental payments made over the following 18 months
Application form for commercial tenants Word (Word 56 KB)

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Employment information

Register self-isolating employees with the Contact tracing advisory service

If you are asking employees to self-isolate because of a positive case in your workplace, you can register these employees with the Contact tracing advisory service by calling 020 3743 6715.

This will allow the process of contact tracing to be undertaken. It will also give your employees the relevant 8 digit reference number in order to apply for Test and Trace self-isolation payments.


Support for the self-employed

With the chancellor’s announcement, there is now support designed for those operating on a self-employed or freelance basis. The fundamental elements of this new move are that payments will be limited to 80 per cent of average monthly trading profits over the last three years and to a maximum of £2,500 per month (for a minimum of three months). Further detailed information can be found on the government website here.

Self-employement Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - HMRC will begin to contact people who may be eligible for the SEISS from 4 May 2020.

Check your eligibility for SEISS (you will need your unique taxpayer reference (UTR) number to do this).

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Free Training

The skills toolkit (GOV.UK) - Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills.

 

Apprenticeships


COVID-19 Information for apprentices and employers of apprentices

If you are an apprentice or an employer of an apprentice, we understand that you may have some very specific questions about your Apprenticeship or how to support your Apprentice during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Institute for Apprenticeships has released the following statement:

The Institute understands the unique challenge that COVID-19 presents to the delivery of apprenticeships and that its impact is widespread.  We are working closely with the Department for Education to develop a comprehensive and complete set of measures that permit professional discretion so that individuals are protected and disruption is minimised, whilst safeguarding the quality of apprenticeships, should it not be possible to extend the length of an apprenticeship.  We anticipate providing detailed guidance this week.  

In the meantime, please contact your training provider for specific advice with regards to the apprenticeship you are undertaking or supporting.


Information for apprentices

You are an employee and have a duty of care towards your colleagues to ensure you follow the advice given by the Government and Public Health England. Information about sick pay should be detailed in your contract of employment or employee handbook.   As an apprentice you are subject to the same guidelines which can be found here: COVID-19 Guidance for employees

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Updated: Information on which apprentices should be prioritised in the offer of face-to-face training from 15 June and also information on end-point assessments ahead of receiving calculated functional skills qualification results.

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Redundancy/redeployment


Redundancy redeployment information for employers

The 'Redundancy redeployment information for employers' document outlines a redundancy and redeployment service being delivered via D2N2.

This service is available to all businesses in the D2N2 area who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Environmental health / health and safety

QR code posters for venues -  Test and trace

Please see Government news and guidance above, for information on how to obtain a QR code poster for your venue, for test and trace purposes.

COVID-19 early outbreak management

The government have released a set of 'action cards' for different types of businesses and organisations, giving information and advice on early outbreak management of COVID-19 within the organisation.

COVID-19 early outbreak management - GOV.UK

 Action cards by sector:

Find your local health protection team in England.

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Legionella business information

Covid 19 Legionella Business Info PDF (PDF 101 KB)
PHE Food, Water, Environmental Microbiology Services - Important information for organisations that rely on a safe water supply to undertake their business activities PDF (PDF 546 KB)

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New guides to manage the workplace

Practical guidelines have been published to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

More information on the guidelines is available on the Government website.

Regulation and enforcement

Chesterfield Borough Council’s regulatory teams are currently working remotely and will continue to do so.  

The teams are available to advise, investigate and take action on a number of issues, including enforcement of the Coronavirus regulations as well as dealing with noise complaints, licensing issues and regulation of private sector housing.

The teams can also help advise local businesses on how they can work within the regulations.

Find out more about the work of these teams and how you can get in contact with them  on the licensing and regulation page.

If you have concerns about a how a particular licensed premises is being operated, you can report these to the council by calling 01246 345345 or emailing food@chesterfield.gov.uk. You can report other retail outlets to trading standards by emailing trading.standards@derbyshire.gov.uk. Outside of office hours please report these premises to the police by calling 101.

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Checklist for businesses

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 require the closure of particular businesses.

Restrictions are also imposed on businesses which are permitted to remain open.
It is important that we all follow the government guidelines to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

Where workplaces are open precautions need to be taken to reduce risks to both the workers and the public. The checklist below will help you to put in place measures in your workplace to keep both employees and customers safe.

Where you are unable to introduce measures to control the risk from Coronavirus you will need to consider closing your business.

Checklist for downloading:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) checklist for businesses Word (Word 128 KB)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice - Health and safety executive

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Financial information

Business rate relief

Due to COVID-19 the government announced a rate payment holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020-21 with a rateable value of under £51,000.


Business grants

Central Government provided confirmed a package of financial measures to support businesses.

The financial measures included:

  • a small business grant of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property where the rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000
  • 100% retail relief has been extended to all retail, hospitality and leisure properties (such as museums, theatres, gyms and hotels) for the whole of 2020/21. New bills will be issued shortly confirming the relief has been applied
  • additional relief for nurseries - 100% relief will be paid to all premises occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21.

Under the Government’s business grants scheme, Chesterfield Borough Council has now processed more than £22.9 million of payments to almost 2,000 local businesses.

This represents most of the businesses we believe are eligible for the scheme. The deadline has now passed for applying to the scheme (28 August 2020).

The business rates team are working hard to process applications as fast as possible, including working in the evening and at weekends.

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Business rates - coronavirus grant form

The Government implemented a range of measures to support businesses who are experiencing difficulties because of Coronavirus. More information about these measures can be found on www.gov.uk.

As one of these measures, the Government provided grants to small and medium sized businesses, to help them through the Coronavirus period. The deadline has now passed for applying to the scheme (28 August 2020).

Business Rates Key links:


Discretionary grants for local businesses


Chesterfield Borough Council has been awarded £1.27 million from the Government to provide discretionary grants to some local businesses who were not eligible to receive funding from the Small Business Rates Grant or Retail, Hospitality or Leisure Grants.

The new grant scheme opens on Friday 5 June 2020 and closes for applications on 17June 2020.

Small businesses can apply for grants of up to £25,000, though the council expects that most grant payments will be in the range of £2,500 to £10,000.  The following types of businesses are eligible for this new grant:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces for example business/industrial parks and incubator offices which do not have their own business rate assessments
  • Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment but have fixed building costs, such as rent, insurance or utilities 
  • Bed and Breakfast accommodation providers who are registered as a food business within Chesterfield Borough and pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charities in receipt of charitable business rate relief which would otherwise have been eligible for small business rates relief

If you haven't received an updated on your application please contact discretionarygrants@chesterfield.gov.uk.

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Other support schemes

We appreciate that not all businesses will be eligible for the small business grants and business rate relief schemes. We therefore want to ensure that these Chesterfield-based businesses are aware of other support schemes and advice which may be available to them during this challenging time.

The council has a business advisor who is available to talk through and offer advice to any Chesterfield based business as part of our D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub scheme. You can contact the business advisor or staff of the Council’s Economic Development team via economicdevelopment@chesterfield.gov.uk.

Businesses can also get support and advice from a number of partner agencies including East Midlands Chamber, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Derbyshire County Council and Destination Chesterfield.

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Voluntary, community and charities information

There are a number of support measures in place for voluntary, community and charity groups.

There is a range of assistance available to organisations operating in the charitable sector. See what funding is available to charities during the COVID-19 pandemic

The newest addition to this support has just been unveiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and offers up to £10,000 grant funding for small charities.


Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Response Fund to support smaller charities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund will support charities that are helping UK communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by helping with running costs, staff and travel costs as well as volunteer expenses.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation page.

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The Barclays Foundation

Barclays has announced the establishment of The Barclays Foundation, to provide a Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Find out more on Barclays website.

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Emergency Surplus Food Grants

Food redistribution organisations across England are to benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

More information is provided on the WRAP website.

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Arts and Creatives Support

The Arts Council are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and they have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding.

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£20 million of Government Funding for innovative businesses

Technology and research-focused businesses are invited to apply for a share of up to £20 million of Government funding to help boost the UK’s resilience.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to businesses to develop new ways of working to support industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as to support people currently staying at home.

Innovations could include:

  • new technology allowing retailers to respond better to sudden spikes of consumer demand and improve deliveries across the UK;
  • new services for families to connect with and remotely monitor their elderly or vulnerable relatives, giving people peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the services they require such as food deliveries, doctor’s appointments and paying bills;
  • creating education tools which seamlessly integrate the classroom with the kitchen table, allowing teachers to remotely set dynamic tasks, support vulnerable children and make certain no child is left behind.

The proposals will be reviewed as part of a competition launched by Innovate UK, seeking the best new ideas from businesses.

All the projects will begin by June 2020 and will last up to six months, with products and services expected to be available to the public towards the end of this year.

Businesses should apply by Friday 17 April.


Relief Grants for Young Entrepreneurs

The Prince's Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs whose businesses have been affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out more on The Princes Trust enterprise relief fund page.

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Government support for charities

The UK government has issued coronavirus guidance for charities and has announced a £750 million package of support for those involved in front line delivery.

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Princes Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

The Princes Trust and NatWest have announced support for business owners who are aged between 18 and 30. Those who have set their enterprise up within the last four years can register their interest to receive grant and one to one support. Find out more on The Princes Trust enterprise relief fund page.

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Last updated on 26 November 2020