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National lockdown restrictions are in place until 2 December, when Craven will enter Tier 2: High alert

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.

From Thursday 5 November, new national restrictions apply in England.

Information on the new national restrictions has now been published on and is available at the links below. More guidance will be published in the coming days.



For more information on the businesses which must close from November 5, please click here:

New Business Support Grants - November 2020

As part of the ongoing support being provided to local businesses the Government has set up a ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant’ scheme.

This grant is for businesses that: 

  • provide services, in person, to customers from their premises, 
  • were open as usual before the new lockdown rules came into effect, and
  • are required to close for two weeks or more because of the new rules.

There will also be a discretionary support scheme called the ‘Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)’ to follow. The details of the discretionary scheme are still being determined and further information will be available on that soon.

More information about these grants can be found at

We are still waiting for further information from the Government before we can accept applications for these grants. We will update the website as we get further information. Applications for the main LRSG must be made using our online form, which we plan to have available early in the week commencing 16th November.

The process for applying for discretionary grant support (ARG) will be published soon. 

NHS Covid-19 app

For advice on this app please click here.

Guidance for businesses with cases of Covid-19

Covid-19; Preventing and Managing Covid-19 in Workplace Settings – Local Guidance

Here are some resources to help you if there is an outbreak in your business:

Workplace Action card 

Letter template

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:

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                                                                                            

Sign up to receive the latest news through the Craven District Business News e-newsletter here: NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP 

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.