Applications open tonight for next phase of Covid-19 business support

  • Part B of the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme (CRBSS) will be accepting applications from 6PM tonight from businesses that have been forced to close.

    Lockdowns across the UK have forced thousands of businesses to close their doors temporarily, and for many that means financial uncertainty and possible layoffs. Businesses forced to close due to local lockdowns may be eligible for support under the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme.

    Part A of the scheme focused on certain types of business that were named in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations and forced to close. Part B of the scheme opens for applications tonight at 6PM and will provide support to businesses that supplied goods and services to businesses that were forced to close.

    Eligible businesses will be given a one-time grant depending on the length of the restrictions they've had to endure, and unlike previous schemes, this one is open to businesses that don't pay rates. Rate-payers will get between £2,000 and £4,800 depending on the Net Annual Value of the property, while those that don't pay rates will get £1,500 to £1,800 depending on whether they were restricted for five or six weeks.

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    Head over to to find out if your business is eligible for support using the online eligibility checker, or just to find out more about Part B of the scheme. Businesses that previously applied to Part A of the scheme don't need to submit anything new, and will automatically get an increase in their payment due to the extra weeks of local lockdown.

    Economy Minister Diane Dodds said: "Part B of the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme will support businesses not named in the regulations but are in the supply chain of those businesses named in the regulations and have been severely impacted. For example, businesses that supply food to businesses in the hospitality sector. Part B of the CRBSS will also support businesses that provide services to a business defined in the regulations, such as cleaning."

    Source: Written based on press release

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