COVID Help and Updates for Businesses

Posted on: 16th January 2021

COVID Help and Updates for Businesses from Cornwall Council and other reliable sources.

First a general help for businesses trying to operate safely during the pandemic and EU Transition period: Business Help and Support in One Place

I’m told by businesses that the Council run weekly webinars are a brilliant way to hear the latest news and get help if you are struggling to find your way around things COVID and Grants: Link here to help

Local Restriction Support Grants

Businesses that received Local Restriction Support Grants in November and will now automatically be paid the latest Local Restriction Support Grants and one off Closed Business Lockdown Payments of up to £9,000. If this is your business and you have heard nothing the make contact with the team: 0300 1234 212 or email the Hub Team on

New discretionary grant scheme NOW OPEN TILL 31 JAN2021 Link to apply right here

The Council has just received confirmation of funding from Government for new discretionary grants.  The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme will see up to £11.5 million available for businesses in Cornwall who are not eligible for other forms of financial support but have been forced to close or are severely impacted during the third coronavirus lockdown from 05 January 2021.

Our policy for this Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme and the application form on who will be eligible is being put in place and the application form and full details of the policy will be available on the Council’s website on Wednesday 20 January 2021.  Applications will be encouraged from a range of businesses such as food and drink producers and distributors, who, while not forced to close, have been severely affected because they supply goods and services to the hospitality, retail and leisure sector which are closed. Businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 who did not apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant in November may also be eligible to apply this time around.

Note businesses that will need to apply are

  • Businesses which pay business rates, have been forced to close, but did not apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grants in November 2020, will need to apply for this latest round of Local Restrictions Support Grants and the one off Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off grants £4k-£9K)
  • Business rated businesses which were not required to close, but have been severely impacted by the change in tier restrictions on December 26 when Cornwall entered Tier 2 and December 31 when Cornwall entered Tier 3 (December 26 to December 30 and December 31 to January 4).

The application forms for these grants will be posted on the website as soon as possible.