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Derbyshire Dales District Council is currently setting up an application process to support Derbyshire Dales businesses closed or severely impacted by the current national lockdown restrictions.

They expect to have a system ready to accept online applications on this webpage by 25 November, with payments to eligible businesses being made during December.

They will post information here as soon as this is finalised. You can also sign up for their business e-newsletter to receive an alert.

The District Council received detailed guidance from Government on 10th and 11th November on the grant schemes to be administered by us. We received final confirmation of the Derbyshire Dales funding allocations on 12th November.

We are acutely aware how important these grants are for businesses obliged to close by the Government. The Council is working as quickly as possible to set up an application and payment process that will be as smooth and simple as possible – and which can handle any further grants due if we remain in a tiered system from 3rd December and the government extends the grant scheme.

Please subscribe to our business e-newsletter to get full details as soon as they are released.

There are two COVID-19 business grant schemes the District Council is to administer and pay:

* Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
* Additional Restrictions Grant

Initial analysis indicates there will be more than 2,000 businesses eligible for these grants. The amounts to be paid under Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed), which will be launched first, will be (for the current 28-day period of lockdown) either £1334, £2000 or £3000 depending on the rateable value of the business premises.

The Coronavirus outbreak is a constantly changing situation and the District Council is closely monitoring the advice and updates from Government regarding support for businesses. See the latest HM Treasury update.

Government’s Winter Economy Plan

On 24 September the Chancellor announced a range of measures to support businesses over the winter period due to COVID 19.

These include:

  • Job Support Scheme – commencing on 1 November 2020 for 6 months – to help viable employers who face lower demand due to COVID-19 to retain employees
  • SEISS grant extension for the self-employed – again commencing in November for 6 months
  • Extension of the VAT reduced rate for hospitality and tourism businesses until 31 March 2021
  • Extension of the VAT deferral scheme allowing businesses to spread their lump sum deferred payment over 11 monthly payments
  • Extension of the government’s three temporary business loan schemes
  • Enhanced time to pay self-assessment for tax payers with up to £30,000 of self-assessment liabilities.

Find more details about the Winter Economy Plan here

Business Rates
The District Council has issued 100% rates discounts for 2020/21 to a long list of businesses, including properties mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs, cinemas, leisure, gyms, tourism, hotels and nurseries.

If, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, SME’s ineligible for Government grants and reliefs are struggling to make their normal business rates payments then please contact us and we will do what we can to assist by reviewing your instalment dates to defer payments until later in 2020/21. You can contact us by email at

D2N2 Growth Hub Small Business Recovery Grant
In July the Government announced a national support grant package specifically aimed at helping small businesses that can demonstrate they’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and provide 100% grant funding to support them to be more productive.

This new but limited funding will be managed by the D2N2 Growth Hub and will support one or a combination of the following activities:

• Access to technology or new equipment which will support the business being more productive
• Access to professional advice such as HR, legal or financial to aid business decision making and risk management.

£983,986 is available across the D2N2 area.

Eligibility and Availability
Support will be offered to eligible small businesses based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that employ between three to 49 full time equivalent staff. Due to the high level of demand and limited funding available the grant will be limited to £2,000 per successful application. Businesses who have previously expressed and registered interest on the D2N2 Growth hub web site will be contacted directly by the Growth Hub regarding this scheme and therefore there are no open applications invited at this present time.

General enquiries
Please log your enquiry here and the Economic Development Team will respond. Please note some enquiries may require clarification from the appropriate Government department.

Working safely during COVID-19 – Guidance for Employers, Employees and the Self-Employed
Government has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Read the guides here. A summary of the advice can be found here.

Government advice for retail outlets

Other Sources of Information and Advice

East Midlands Chamber coronavirus information

Business Peak District information

The D2N2 Growth Hub
The Growth Hub are putting on a series of webinars; Building Business Resilience Programme to help businesses through the Covid 19 crisis. Details can be found here

Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire
Find information from Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire

Food safety
Covid-19 food safety information for food businesses