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Covid-19 - Business Support

12th April 2021

A toolkit of resources to help businesses become Covid-secure, resume trading safely, and protect their staff and customers is now available. These documents will be regularly updated in line with the latest government guidelines.  


Covid‑19 support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed. Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business. 


Additonal Restrictions Grant (ARG) payments week comencing 28 June 2021 

If you have previously made a successful grant application and have already received a payment under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) we can advise that we are in the process of making a further payment into your nominated bank account during week commencing 28 June 2021.. 

Successful applicants under the ARG scheme have already received payments  of either £1,000, £2,000 or £3,000 a month for Dec 2020, Jan, Feb & Mar 2021. You will now be paid one final amount for the month of April 2021. 

Businesses that were award £500 under the home-based close contact ARG scheme have currently received £1,500 and will be paid a further £1,000 during week commencing 28 June 2021 bringing the total grant payment to £2,500.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum (LRSG)

Businesses required to close or has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer services from its premises

The application deadline for the scheme expired on the 31 March 2021 for all of the periods except the payment cycle covering the period 16 February to the 31 March 2021 (44 days), the application deadline for this period is the 31 May 2021, the applicable amounts for this period are as follows:

Second payment cycle covers, 16 February to 31 March 2021

  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,096 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,143 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,714 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period

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Business Rates Relief

Retail, hospitality or leisure business rates relief

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

If you are eligible you do not need to apply for business rates relief, we will automatically update your business rates account and you will be sent a new business rates bill.

Nursery business rates relief

Nurseries on Ofsted’s Early Years Register providing care and education for children up to five-years-old will not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

If you are eligible you do not need to apply for business rates relief. We will automatically update your business rates account and you will be sent a new business rates bill


Support for charities and sports clubs including loan schemes


Hertfordshire support package

Crowdfund Hertfordshire 

Small Business Innovation Fund - This scheme will support small and micro businesses within the tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts and cultural sectors. Hertfordshire LEP has set aside £200k to support the scheme, which will be administered by Visit Herts and offer grant funding up to a maximum of £5,000 on a £1 for £1 match basis. For further information please see here 

Hertfordshire Business Expansion Grant Scheme

Open to all SMEs, subject to eligibility for receipt of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funds. Grants for capital expenditure will range from £10k to £100k and will require a minimum £1 for £1 match and the creation of at least one new job. Hertfordshire Growth Hub will manage enquiries and make referrals to the LEP and its programme partner Finance South East for grant consideration. For further information see Hertfordshire LEP website.

Volunteer Business Support Scheme

Hertfordshire Growth Hub, in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, has devised a free business mentoring scheme. Micro, small and medium sized businesses in the county who are struggling as a result of the pandemic, can utilise the scheme and gain ongoing support. Mentors will listen to the challenges your business is facing through telephone, video calls and email. All mentors are highly experienced in managing or coaching at a strategic level and will be matched to you based on their experience within your sector or specific situation you are facing. They will provide support in the areas you are struggling with and point you in the right direction of finance and support packages available in Hertfordshire.

Express your interest in being assigned a mentor here.

For further information please visit here.

Peer Networks

Hertfordshire Growth Hub has launched a new Peer Networks initiative for small business leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

The programme creates diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues.  Through interactive action learning, this enables the discussion of challenges and provides valuable feedback to implement practical solutions to overcome them.  From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, an expert facilitator will give you the flexibility to create a trusted support network, helping to build and strengthen your business and improve overall performance.

Businesses that seek external advice or undertake formal training are more likely to improve their overall performance, but many prefer to take advice from trusted sources when presented with external challenges and opportunities.

This is an opportunity to network with other likeminded business via fortnightly meetings hosted by an expert facilitator and you will also receive 1-2-1 support tailored to your business.

For further information please visit here.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Relief 

The programme will provide grants of up to £20,000 to small charities and local community groups working with those considered to be the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak.

For further information please visit here.