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Support for businesses and the self-employed

Update - 12 January 2021: Chancellor announces new lockdown grants

The Chancellor has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property, together with a £594 million discretionary fund to support other businesses impacted by the national lockdown announced on Monday 4 January 2021.

The council expects to start distributing the following grants, week commencing Monday 18 January 2021:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

Businesses forced to close during the latest national lockdown qualify for a grant, dependent on the rateable value of the business premises and providing the business pays busines rates.

Government guidance suggests the council can issue grants covering a six week period. Businesses which received a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) during the lockdown which ran from 5 November to 2 December 2020 do not need to reapply. We shall issue grants automatically to businesses still trading under the same conditions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Additional Payment)

The council expects to receive further information from Government on these grants later this week. We expect to pay grants of either £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 to businesses forced to close during the latest national lockdown, dependent on the rateable value of the business premises.

We intend to issue grants automatically to businesses which have previously applied.

Important - we shall update this page when we receive updated information on the above or details of further grant support from Government.


Additional Restrictions Grants

Businesses affected by the four week lockdown which started on 5 November 2020 and were ineligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant may be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant.

View the criteria and apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grants

Businesses which were trading before the latest national lockdown can now apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

The grants cover the four week lockdown which started on 5 November 2020 and only businesses which were forced to close can apply.

Businesses must also have occupied premises on which business rates were paid on 5 November 2020 to be eligible for a grant.

View the full criteria and apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant


The Government has launched a range of measures to support businesses and the self-employed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

You can check whether you or your business may be eligible for cash grants, loans and/or tax relief by using the Government's new online Business Support Finder.

Visit the Business Support Finder

Full details of the support on offer for businesses and the self-employed can be found on the Government's website.

Business rates

Rugby Borough Council issued updated business rate bills which took into account the new reliefs announced by the Government. Businesses should have receieved an updated bill by 1 April 2020.

If you have not received a revised bill, email nondom.rates@rugby.gov.uk

Businesses which qualify for rate relief automatically receive the discount - you have no need to apply.

Other support

In addition to financial support from the Government, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub and the Federation of Small Businesses can also offer advice and guidance to businesses and the self-employed:

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