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Coronavirus advice and information for businesses

The Government has set out a package of temporary measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Business Grant funding in Craven

Government grants to help small businesses meet ongoing costs were available as part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This scheme has now closed.


Top-up to local business grant funds scheme

Updated 30 June 2020

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.

The Government guidance stated that the Council must develop and approve a local policy for grant payments.

The Council’s Discretionary Grant Scheme is now closed and the applications have been assessed. To find out more click here: https://www.cravendc.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/discretionary-grant-scheme-awards/

Find out more about the government business grant top-up scheme.


The Government has set up a coronavirus business support finder tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The tool is online here: Coronavirus business support finder tool


The Government has set up a website with all the details of the schemes that have been announced:

Visit the UK Government Coronavirus Business Support website

Help includes a package of measures to support businesses including:



Local Business Support and Advice                                                                                            


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What are we doing to process support?

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The Government will introduce a business rates retail holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year have been rebilled by Craven District Council. 

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates due to small business rate relief or rural rate relief 

The government provided additional funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR). This provided a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses currently eligible for SBRR or rural rate relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs. This scheme has now closed.

Environmental Health

Our Environmental Health services are running. Officers are following government advice to restrict visits to essential visits only. Priority is still given to issues of safety and each call will be reviewed and assessed.