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Businesses updates

27 March

Business rates - coronavirus grant form

The Government has 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 is providing grants to small and medium sized businesses, to help them through the Coronavirus period.

  • Businesses who are eligible for small business rate relief, and can meet the criteria detailed below, will be entitled to a one-off cash grant of £10,000.
  • Businesses who have properties with a rateable value of between £14,999 and £51,000 and can meet the criteria detailed below, will be entitled to a one-off cash grant of £25,000.

Chesterfield Borough Council is identifying local businesses who are possible recipients of these grants and we are keen to pay the grants as soon as the grant funding is received from the Government. We anticipate that this will be received by early April 2020.

To help us to quickly transfer the money to businesses, please download and complete the below form and email it to revenues.billing@chesterfield.gov.uk with a subject title: Business Rates – Coronavirus Grant.

If you do not know your business rates account details, please wait to receive your pre-populated letter from Chesterfield Borough Council.  

Business Rates Coronavirus Grant PDF (PDF 28 KB)

If you are unable to email this information, please post it to Business Rates, Customer Service Centre, 85 New Square, Chesterfield S40 1AH

On receipt of this information, we will validate your eligibility for the grant and will arrange for money to be transferred to your bank account by BACS payment. We will let you know when the transfer has been made.

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 www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme.

26 March

Coronavirus outbreak: Support for Chesterfield businesses 

In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government has confirmed a number of financial measures to help support businesses.

Chesterfield Borough Council is currently following the Government guidance to identify local businesses that may be eligible to access business grants and business rate relief. The council will be contacting these businesses directly.

The financial support measures outlined by central Government include:

  • Small business grants of up to £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief, rural rate relief or tapered relief
  • 100% business rate relief has been extended to all retail, hospitality and leisure properties (such as cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, gyms and hotels) for the whole of 2020/21
  • Grant funding of up to £25,000 will also be available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property where the rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000.
  • Business rate 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

Councillor Terry Gilby, cabinet member for economic growth, said: “We understand this will be a worrying time for business owners of all sizes and it is important that we do what we can to support them during this difficult time.

“We expect to receive the funding for the business grants from Government in early April. As soon as we get this, we will be able to issue the grants to help support our local businesses.

“In the meantime, and to help speed up the process of making payments to those eligible, we will be contacting those businesses directly and asking them to provide us with further information to enable us to make the payment. 

“Given the current demands on our Customer Contact Centre, we would request that all contact relating to this matter is via email. Please check our website first, and if you need more information, please email us at revenues.billing@chesterfield.gov.uk. A member of our team will then respond to you as soon as possible.”

We are regularly updating the dedicated Coronavirus section of our website. All the latest information will be posted to this information hub.

Further information on the eligibility criteria for business grant and business rates can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

 More information about the process will on our website shortly.

25 March

Coronavirus (Covid-19) support for business rates customers

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

We are currently working our way through the Government guidance and identifying eligible businesses via the business rates system. We aim to start paying out the grant funding as soon as possible.

The financial measures include:

  • 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. New bills will be issued shortly confirming the relief has been applied.

If your business has temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, you do not need to inform business rates of the temporary closure. Please only advise us if the premises have been permanently vacated and is empty. You can do this by e-mailing revenues.billing@chesterfield.gov.uk

If you're entitled to the retail discount, we will not collect payment from you in April.
Given the demands on our contact centre, we would request that all contact is via email on the following email address revenues.billing@chesterfield.gov.uk We will respond as soon as possible.

Further information on support available for business rates customers.

24 March

Business rates relief

We are working our way through the Government guidance and identifying businesses eligible for business rates relief and we’ll be in touch soon. If you have any questions, we would request that all contact is via email at revenues.billing@chesterfield.gov.uk

Business grants

We are identifying businesses that are eligible to access business grants following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Given the demands on our contact centre, we would request that all contact is via email at revenues.billing@chesterfield.gov.uk. We will respond as soon as possible.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

23 March

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.  

Update from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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:

The latest advice on slowing the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if you feel ill can be found here:

Your employer should inform your training provider of changes to trading circumstances, such as closing their business. However, if you need to self-isolate please make sure you tell your employer and inform your training provider as soon as possible.

18 March

Chesterfield Borough Council take support of businesses very seriously.  As a local authority we realise how important enterprise is in sustaining the local economy as a whole and how Coronavirus, or more specifically COVID-19, has rapidly become the most important and immediate threat to trade.

Below are links to information sources which should assist in navigating the way for you, your business and your workforce.

As the situation is changing quickly, it can’t be emphasised enough that keeping a watching brief both online and  through other channels is likely to be significant.  That being said, it’s also likely to be very important to check the sources that you are accessing to ensure that the information that you are using is fact rather than conjecture.  Also bear in mind that even reliable sources sometimes may lag behind the most recent changes to the approach to handling the virus and support available.

National support information

Local Support Information

D2N2 Growth Hub has a page which carries information that may prove helpful.

The Destination Chesterfield website carries up to date information targeted at the wider Chesterfield area.

Derbyshire County Council has given access to support for businesses located inside the county.  

The local Chamber of Commerce (East Midlands Chamber) has a coronavirus resource page which is being regularly updated. 


Businesses key contacts

Telephone: 01246 345345

Online contact form: enquiry form

Business enquiries: economicdevelopment@chesterfield.gov.uk

Licensing email: licensing@chesterfield.gov.uk


Last updated on 30 March 2020