Council pledges to support businesses through second lockdown

2:45pm - 06 November 2020

As part of an ongoing package of support, North Somerset Council has pledged to continue to help those businesses affected by the new Coronavirus measures following the recent second national Covid-19 lockdown.

Support packages currently available, including newly announced support, will be:

  • The recently extended furlough scheme until March 2021
  • Local Restriction Support Grant - for businesses (with business rates) severely impacted by lockdown - up to £3,000 a month depending on their rateable value
  • Additional Restrictions Grant - a local discretionary grant scheme to support businesses impacted by national restrictions, final criteria for this scheme is being developed
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - 80% average trading profits grant
  • The Kickstart Scheme - paid 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit
  • Universal Business Support - early-stage business support delivered in North Somerset by the North Somerset Enterprise Agency
  • A range of support available from the West of England Growth Hub, such as mental health and business support
  • Online platforms developed for local traders - one for each town plus ‘Made in North Somerset’

Cllr Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: “Our businesses and workers now face an incredibly challenging winter. To support businesses who have been forced to close and are severely impacted by the lock-down, we’ll have a seven-day service to help businesses navigate what’s available. If businesses’ need help setting their organisation up for online click and collect services, or to access funds, relevant grants or financial support, we’re here to help.”

To find out what help and support is available for your business, contact business@n-somerset.gov.uk