Supporting Business

The Wakefield district, along with the rest of West Yorkshire, is in the highest tier of local restrictions (tier 3).

The local measures aim to reduce day-to-day contact between people in a bid to reduce the growing rates of infection across the district and avoid the NHS becoming overwhelmed.

For Frequently Asled Questions regarding businesses in Tier 3, please view this page: www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/staying-safe/faqs-for-businesses-in-tier-3

The Government has announced additional financial measures to provide support businesses affected by Covid-1 as a result of national restrictions, covering the 4th November to 2nd December 2020. 

Wakefield Council have been allocated discretionary funding under the Additional Restrictions Grant and are pleased to announced that the form for the Additional Restrictions Grant is now live and businesses can apply to the scheme via the application form (see below link) hosted on the corporate website. 

APPLY FOR THE GRANT VIA THE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS GRANT APPLICATION FORM HERE

Where we have all the necessary information, we will endeavour to make a payment within 10 working days.  Please note, there are a number of checks undertaken by central government.  These checks are out of our hands.  Should we need anything further from applicants, we will contact you directly.  

Please note - Payments will be one off payments made in a discretionary manner.

If you are having trouble completing the form via mobile device please revert back to completing the application form via desktop application.

Businesses who meet the following should check the criteria and apply for the appropriate Additional Restrictions Grant scheme below…

  • Option 1 - Those registered for self-assessment and unable to access SEIS
  • Option 2 - Retail, Leisure and Hospitality supply chain businesses
  • Option 3 - Businesses not eligible for the main grant

Grant scheme criteria:

Option 1. Those registered for self-assessment and unable to access SEIS

This scheme is designed to support individuals who are self-employed and / or registered for self-assessment, but have been unable to receive financial support under my other scheme such as the Self Employment Income Support scheme.  This includes, but is not restricted to, those that work from home, freelancers, mobile health and beauty and personal trainers.

Under this scheme eligible applicants will receive a single, one off payment of £1000.
In order to receive the payment, applicants must:

  • Be registered for self-assessment after 5th April 2019  and on or before 30th October 2020, and have a UTR number as of 4th November 2020
  • Be able to provide a copy of their UTR number (in the form of wither  provide a copy of the letter received from HRMC confirming their UTR number or a screenshot of their online self-assessment account which clearly shows the UTR) 
  • Not be eligible to receive support under the SEIS 

Option 2.  Retail, Leisure and Hospitality supply chain businesses

It is recognised that under the existing Local Restriction Support Grant Schemes, there are businesses that have been allowed to stay open, but nevertheless have been severely impacted as they rely on those sectors mandate to close.  To this end, the ARG 2 scheme will provide one off financial assistance to businesses who meet the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrable fixed property / business costs.  
  • Be able to demonstrate a reduction in income of at least 25% compared to the previous year
  • Evidence that they supply to RHL sector

Please note, applicants will need to provide a copy of this month’s business account summary, and a summary for the same month in 2019 for comparison.
Eligible businesses will receive the following:

  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs Under £15k -  £1,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs 15 to 51k  - £1,800
  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs 51k over -  £2,800

Option 3.  Businesses not able to access the main grant

Due to the conditionality of grants under national restrictions, there are a number of businesses impacted that may fall outside the eligibility criteria.

ARG3 is designed to support those businesses who cannot access any of the other LRSG grants.

Those eligible for this scheme will be businesses that:
  • Have been legally required to close but are not the business rate payer / do not pay rates
  • Rate paying businesses not required to close but severely impacted
  • Those who physically occupy managed workspace / shared accommodation
  • Can provide a copy of their rental / lease agreement

Eligible businesses will receive the following:
  • Where the annual rental is up to and including £10,000 pa, a one off grant of £1,800
  • Where the annual rental is between £10,001 and over pa, a one off grant of £2,800

If you are a business that meets the above criteria of a scheme please complete the application form here
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What does it mean for businesses and venues?

Which businesses can open?

  • Essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales can open. 
  • Personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons can open. 
  • Certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds can open but are subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier.
  • Other businesses including building and manufacturing can remain open provided they follow Government guidance.

Which businesses must close?

  • All restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs must close. They are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, and botanical gardens must close. 

Support for businesses

  • Your business may be eligible for financial support as part of a grant system. For more information about the help available to businesses and the financial support available visit www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

  • The team can be contacted at businesssupport@wakefield.gov.uk or by calling 01924 306630

Which hospitality businesses can sell takeaway alcohol?

Any hospitality business can offer a takeaway with the following considerations: 

  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks on a takeaway basis can be served between 5am and 10pm. This means that customers can enter the premises to place and collect their order. Food and non-alcoholic drinks can also be sold for delivery where orders are made online, by telephone or by post, and via click and collect; and drive through.
  • Food and drinks for delivery between 10pm and 5am are via click and collect and drive through only. Click-and-collect and delivery services can only operate where goods are pre-ordered (by phone, online, via a mobile app or by post) and collected without entering the premises
  • Alcohol for consumption off the premises for delivery, click and collect and drive through. As above, this means it must be pre-ordered (by phone, online, via a mobile app or by post) and must be collected without entering the premises.

Do I need an alcohol licence to sell takeaway alcohol?

Venues can only sell alcohol via click-and-collect or delivery services but they cannot offer this unless their license already permits them to do so. The venues license must include Off Sales.  

Sales of alcohol for consumption off the premises can only be made with an off sales permission on your premises licence. Licences can be temporarily amended to include off sales until 30 September 2021 by submitting a notification to our Licensing Section under the Business and Planning Act 2020.

What time can I trade until as a takeaway?

Takeaways can allow people to collect from inside the business until 10pm, this must be done in a Covid secure manner.  After 10pm all orders must be delivery only, no one can enter the premises after 10pm. 

Can I provide outside seating for my customers?

Hospitality venues providing food and drink for consumption off the premises are not permitted to allow customers to consume from any adjacent seating to the premises

How can I open to offer a click and collect service?

Non-essential retail can continue to operate a click and collect service.  All goods must be pre-ordered and collected off the premises, customers must not enter the premises for any reason.  A table can be placed across the doorway to allow collection and restrict entry.

What is the definition of a hardware store?

Hardware (such as tools, builders' hardware, paint and glass) stores, building merchants and building services. 

Can Dog Groomers stay open?

Animal grooming facilities may also stay open but must only be used for the purposes of the animal's welfare (and not for aesthetic purposes).

Can Professional Service businesses remain open?

Businesses that provide services (rather than goods) - such as accountants, solicitors, and estate agents - are not required to close, unless listed in the Businesses subject to restrictions. These businesses should take steps to ensure they are COVID-19 Secure including, where possible, providing services remotely or virtually.

Can a retail business selling a mix of essential and non-essential continue to trade?

A business selling a significant amount of essential retail may also continue to sell goods typically sold at non-essential retail. 

Where a business selling essential retail has another, separate business embedded within it that is required to close, the embedded business must close. For example, an electronics business operating a concession within a supermarket must close, as would a bookshop business inside a garden centre.

Where a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions between customers. For example a food shop may stay open, but a homeware section on a separate floor or separate building should close.

Can we offer personal care in people homes?

It is prohibited for Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoos, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing to be provided in other peoples' homes

Can we still deliver educational workshops?

If you are supporting any of the groups listed below you can continue to run support groups and offer educational workshops:

  • victims of crime (including domestic abuse);
  • those with, or recovering from, addictions (including alcohol, narcotics or other substance addictions) or addictive patterns of behaviour;
  • new parents;
  • those with, or caring for persons with, any long-term illness or terminal condition or who are vulnerable;
  • those facing issues related to their sexuality or identity including those living as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender;
  • those who have suffered bereavement;
  • vulnerable young people.

Are there any exceptions for gyms to reopen?

Gyms and fitness studios have been mandated to close, they are allowed to offer the following services:

  • for supervised activities for children;
  • for schools or providers for post-16 education or training

What financial support is available for businesses?

Local Authorities have been allocated funds to distribute to eligible businesses, the funding available is to be used across different schemes. The schemes are linked to the Covid alert level and are as follows:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open).  This is for leisure, hospitality and accommodation businesses affected by Tier 2 restrictions.
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) – This is for businesses occupying premises that are mandated to close under Tier 3 and / or National Lockdown restrictions.
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) – This is for specific sectors forced to close since March 2020. 

Please visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/  for further information and to apply for the grants.

Financial support for businesses and employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for furloughed hours and further economic support announced.

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month. Businesses will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November.

For more information visit www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

There are currently two grants available for businesses


Local Restrictions Support Grant

The Government has announced additional financial measures to support businesses affected by Covid-19.

These measures include grants to cover the period Wakefield was in Tier 2 restrictions, as well as the period of national restrictions.

Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation businesses that occupy premises can access funding to cover the period 14th October 2020 to 4th November 2020.

Businesses legally required to close from the 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020 can access up to £3000 to cover the 28 days of national restrictions.

Additional funding is available from 1st November for those businesses legally forced to shut down from 23rd March and who have not been allowed to reopen;-Nightclubs, Dancehalls, Discotheques, Sexual Entertainment Venues and Hostess Bars.

What will I receive?

Example 1. A pub is affected by Tier 2 restrictions, and from 5th November is legally required to close. They will receive a single payment to cover the period 14th October 2020 to 2nd December 2020.

Example 2. A non-essential retail business is legally required to close from 5th November. They will receive a single payment to cover the period 5th November to the 2nd December 2020.

Example 3. A nightclub has been forced to close since March 2020. They will receive a single payment to cover the period 1st November 2020 to 2nd December 2020.

To apply for the grant click here

Businesses will be able to apply for all eligible grants in a single form, and receive all eligible grants in a single payment to cover the relevant periods.

Businesses will only need to apply once via the online form but are encouraged to check the eligibility criteria set out below in the first instance. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Please note - if you are having trouble completing the form via mobile device please revert back to completing the application form via desktop applicaton. Businesses who occupy business premises can find out more about the Local Restrictions Grand Fund(s) and check the eligibility criteria’s below- if you are still unsure check out our frequently asked questions.

PLEASE NOTE

In order to process the grant application, Central Government have imposed a series of additional verification checks that need to be undertaken, including fraud checks. Whilst we are endeavouring to process and where appropriate, make a payment within 10 working days these checks are out of our hands. Should we require any further information, we will of course come back to you asap. We will also inform you on the outcome of your application at the earliest opportunity.

Local restrictions support grant FAQs

GRANTS FOR TIER 2

Funding will be available from the point we moved into Tier 2 (14th October 2020) until 4th November 2020

Eligible businesses in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors will receive the following:

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or less, £934 per 28 day period
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of over £15,000 or over, £1400 per 28 day period
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over, £2100 per 28 day period

All values are based on the rateable value at the time restrictions commenced *The above amounts will be paid on a pro-rata basis for the period 14th October to 4th November.*

GRANTS FOR NATIONAL RESTRICITONS PERIOD

This is a mandatory grant for businesses that are legally required to close between 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020 – please check the list of businesses here

Grant amounts are fixed and payable as a single payment to cover the 28 day period Eligible businesses will receive the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £3,000 per four weeks

GRANTS FOR NIGHTTIME ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

From 1st November 2020, Businesses who have been forced to close since March 2020 will be eligible to receive grant support.

Eligible businesses are:

  • Nightclubs, Dance Halls and Discotheques
  • Sexual Entertainment Venues and Hostess Bars

The amount they will receive will be as follows;

  • For businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £667 per 14 days;
  • For businesses with a rateable value of over £15k and under £51k, grants to be £1000 per 14 days;
  • For businesses with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £1500 per 14 days;

PLEASE NOTE RE PAYEMENTS

In order to process the grant application, Central Government have imposed a series of additional verification checks that need to be undertaken, including fraud checks. Whilst we are endeavouring to process and where appropriate, make a payment within 12 working days these checks are out of our hands.

Should we require any further information, we will of course come back to you asap. We will also inform you on the outcome of your application at the earliest opportunity.

Apply For An Additional Restrictions Grant

Apply For An Additional Restrictions Grant

The Government has announced additional financial measures to provide support businesses affected by Covid-1 as a result of national restrictions, covering the 4th November to 2nd December 2020.

Wakefield Council have been allocated discretionary funding under the Additional Restrictions Grant and are pleased to announced that the form for the Additional Restrictions Grant is now live and businesses can apply to the scheme via the application form (see below link) hosted on the corporate website.

APPLY FOR THE GRANT VIA THE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS GRANT APPLICATION FORM HERE

Where we have all the necessary information, we will endeavour to make a payment within 10 working days. Please note, there are a number of checks undertaken by central government. These checks are out of our hands. Should we need anything further from applicants, we will contact you directly.

Please note - Payments will be one off payments made in a discretionary manner.

If you are having trouble completing the form via mobile device please revert back to completing the application form via desktop application.

Businesses who meet the following should check the criteria and apply for the appropriate Additional Restrictions Grant scheme below:

  • Option 1 - Those registered for self-assessment and unable to access SEIS
  • Option 2 - Retail, Leisure and Hospitality supply chain businesses
  • Option 3 - Businesses not eligible for the main grant

Grant scheme criteria:

Option 1. Those registered for self-assessment and unable to access SEIS

This scheme is designed to support individuals who are self-employed and / or registered for self-assessment, but have been unable to receive financial support under my other scheme such as the Self Employment Income Support scheme. This includes, but is not restricted to, those that work from home, freelancers, mobile health and beauty and personal trainers.

Under this scheme eligible applicants will receive a single, one off payment of £1000. In order to receive the payment, applicants must:

  • Be registered for self-assessment after 5th April 2019 and on or before 30th October 2020, and have a UTR number as of 4th November 2020
  • Be able to provide a copy of their UTR number (in the form of wither provide a copy of the letter received from HRMC confirming their UTR number or a screenshot of their online self-assessment account which clearly shows the UTR)
  • Not be eligible to receive support under the SEIS

Option 2. Retail, Leisure and Hospitality supply chain businesses

It is recognised that under the existing Local Restriction Support Grant Schemes, there are businesses that have been allowed to stay open, but nevertheless have been severely impacted as they rely on those sectors mandate to close. To this end, the ARG 2 scheme will provide one off financial assistance to businesses who meet the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrable fixed property / business costs.
  • Be able to demonstrate a reduction in income of at least 25% compared to the previous year
  • Evidence that they supply to RHL sector

Eligible businesses will receive the following:

  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs Under £15k - £1,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs 15 to 51k - £1,800
  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs 51k over - £2,800

Option 3. Businesses not able to access the main grant

Due to the conditionality of grants under national restrictions, there are a number of businesses impacted that may fall outside the eligibility criteria.

ARG3 is designed to support those businesses who cannot access any of the other LRSG

grants.

Those eligible for this scheme will be businesses that:

  • Have been legally required to close but are not the business rate payer / do not pay rates
  • Rate paying businesses not required to close but severely impacted
  • Those who physically occupy managed workspace / shared accommodation
  • Can provide a copy of their rental / lease agreement

Eligible businesses will receive the following:

  • Where the annual rental is up to and including £10,000 pa, a one off grant of £1,800
  • Where the annual rental is between £10,001 and over pa, a one off grant of £2,800

If you are a business that meets the above criteria of a scheme please complete the application form here



Office workers

Office workers who are able to work from home should do so and the requirement for customers to wear face coverings will be extended to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles.

Weddings and funerals

Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but couples can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions). 

Funerals can be attended by up to 30 people; 15 may attend wakes and other commemorative events (check with the venue for additional restrictions). 

Information for reopening

Local restrictions will be reviewed on 16th December 2020. Please check www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support for the latest information to support your business. Here is some useful information to help you plan for re-opening. 

Early outbreak management

Businesses that remain open can use this information to quickly identify and contain any potential COVID-19 outbreak.

Test and trace poster

Advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus can also be found on the government website.

If you would like help regarding a specific business in Wakefield on interpreting the guidelines and how you can best fit them into your workplace please email food@wakefield.gov.uk (including for non-food related businesses) or call us on 0345 8 506 506 and ask to speak with someone from Environmental Health.

Useful downloads

Face coverings - www.wakefield.gov.uk/Pages/about-the-council/wakefield-council-covid-19-resource-centre.aspx

Maximum Number of Customers poster

COVID-19 Risk Assessment


Please note the following guidance is subject to change and you must always check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest advice:

- Retail Guide

- Social Distancing guidance for retail

- Hospitality guide

- Sport and leisure guide

- Events guide


Useful links

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