Support for businesses

See business support on GOV.UK. Government guidance on what you can do now and a link to sign up to email alerts when new coronavirus business support information is added.

The Job Support Scheme

The Government have postponed the introduction of the Job Support Scheme and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue instead.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Due to national restrictions being reintroduced in November 2020, the Job Retention Scheme has now been extended until 31 March 2021.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Check if you can claim for wages and find out how to claim

Fraud and cyber crime

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime on GOV.UK. This government guidance suggests simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your business.

Read about a genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails on GOV.UK. Government guidance showing the current list of digital and other contact issued from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs).

Business rates relief and grants we look after

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The business rates holiday is for 12 months for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England. Businesses who are eligible will automatically have business rates relief applied to their accounts.

Check if your retail, hospitality or leisure business is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK.

Check if your nursery is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK.

Read about business rates revaluation being postponed on GOV.UK. This government news story announces the revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme is available for businesses that have been required to close by the Government as a result of national COVID restrictions, for the period 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Businesses which have been asked to close by the Government include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

See closing certain businesses and venues in England on GOV.UK for a detailed list of business categories.

Businesses required to close but operating a click and collect service or restaurants operating a takeaway service may still be eligible.

To qualify, the business must have been:

  • open as usual before the November lockdown restrictions.
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises.
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by Government.
  • in receipt of a business rates bill for the premises before the restrictions commenced.

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the premises and will be a single payment for the period 5 November to 2 December as follows:

  • £1,334 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less,
  • £2,000 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999,
  • £3,000 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above.

We have emailed businesses that we think are eligible. These businesses will be paid without the need to make an application.

Businesses that haven’t received an email and think they meet the criteria can apply using our online application form.

Apply for Local Restrictions Support Grant online.

We are awaiting some confirmation about eligibility for some businesses and organisations, these include:

  • Village Halls (and similar premises)
  • Caravan and camping sites that don’t operate all year round
  • Sports clubs that are only open during the summer
  • Mixed use premises where only part of the business is required to close.

We have emailed these businesses and organisations and ask that they don’t make an application at this stage. Once we have confirmed eligibility we will contact this group directly.

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restrictions Grant is an additional one off payment provided to Eden District Council and other Local Authorities to support businesses as a result of national restrictions.

For this new scheme, the Council has drafted a policy and a simple application form for businesses. The application form will enable the Council to request information from businesses that ensures that it is compliant with the guidance set down by Central Government.

Please read our Additional Restrictions Grant Policy (PDF: 247Kb / 6 pages) prior to filling out the application form to determine eligibility.

The grant sums awarded will be closely aligned to the amounts that are given to similar businesses which are eligible for the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme.

Apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant online.

Any queries should be emailed to  

Further government financial support

Find coronavirus financial support for your business on GOV.UK lets you search for available financial support for employers, self-employed, sole traders and limited company directors. Businesses may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether they are open or closed.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK lists a range of support measure which are available to UK businesses.

See help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. To watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

See the funding available through the Culture Recovery Fund on GOV.UK.

Statutory sick pay

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance on finding out if you can use the coronavirus statutory sick pay rebate scheme to reclaim employees' coronavirus-related statutory sick pay (SSP).


Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. The government is allowing you to choose how and when you can delay making your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year.

See what to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time on GOV.UK. Government advice is to contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment.

Find out about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline on GOV.UK available Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm or telephone 0800 024 1222.

Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help you find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Find out how to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK. Government guidance to help you find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.


Read coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers on GOV.UK. To find out how to send your documents to Companies House, how to get the company authentication code, more time to file accounts, changes to strike-off policy and late filing penalties and more.


Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme on GOV.UK. The government's guidance to help you find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant, if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

Find out about Self-employment and Universal Credit on GOV.UK. Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs.

See mortgages and coronavirus: information for consumers on the FCA website. To find out how they expect mortgage lenders and administrators to treat you during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and read about the steps they’ve taken to support you.

Support for small and medium-sized business

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan on GOV.UK. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme on GOV.UK. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Support for large businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme on GOV.UK. This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £25 million.

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility on GOV.UK. This scheme helps large businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) through the purchase of their short-term debt.

Farmers, landowners and rural businesses

See Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses on GOV.UK. The latest government information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

See the Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals on GOV.UK. Government advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This advice applies to England only.

Accommodation providers

Read Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for accommodation providers on GOV.UK. This government guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in England.

Other sources of business support and guidance


See Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees on the ACAS website, including simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff.


Read about Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group (BERRG) on the CLEP website. Local Resilience Forum has established BERRG as one of the sub-groups to support people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) are chairing BERRG. BERRG is keen to hear from businesses that want to provide intelligence, or need support, interested businesses are invited to email:

Business Growth Hub

See Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Business Growth Hub website, which has a suite of resources including 10 steps to take now, a series of webinars, and guidance on keeping your business operating and managing cash flow.

Chamber of Commerce

See keeping you up to date and supporting your business on the British Chambers of Commerce’s website. Find out about the steps that Chambers and members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government's strategy.

See Chamber Connect: our database of talent on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website, which brings together those available for work in the current situation with those businesses looking for staff.

See Coronavirus: Access our toolkit for business on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce website. Cumbria Chamber of Commerce toolkit to help businesses operate safely and profitably as the economy restarts after the coronavirus lockdown.


COVID-19: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses on the CLEP website for Government, National and Local resources and guidance collated Cumbria LEP.