Support for business

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restriction Fund

The Scottish Government has announced the COVID Restriction Fund for businesses in Scotland affected by the temporary coronavirus (COVID-19) brake restrictions that came into effect from 9 October 2020.

North Lanarkshire Council will administer this fund and will provide a one-off grant to hospitality and other businesses based in our area that were required to close due to restrictions regulations. 

The business closure grant will operate as a two-tiered scheme, with a smaller grant of £2,000 for businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of up to and including £51,000 and a larger grant of £3,000 for businesses with a RV £51,001 and above, up to a maximum of £15,000 for any eligible business operating multiple premises.

At the same time we will invite  applications for a business hardship fund, with payments of £1,000 for businesses with a RV of up to and including £51,000 or £1,500 for businesses with a RV of £51,000 and above, up to a total of £10,000 for eligible business operating multiple premises. This fund will support some companies that can remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, including those that supply businesses that must close.

Eligibility

For the business closure fund, you must be a hospitality or other business required by law to close under these new restrictions (except food takeaways).  

For the business hardship fund, you must be:

  • a hospitality business or gym required by the regulations to operate in a restricted way
  • a producer/wholesale business based in North Lanarkshire supplying primarily short-life goods or produce to hospitality businesses affected by the regulations. You must be able to show your turnover has dropped by at least 25% during the brake period

To be eligible for either fund, your business must:

  • be based in North Lanarkshire and trading before 9 October 2020
  • have a business bank account. This is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful
  • have premises registered for Non-Domestic rates (before 9 October 2020). Businesses that pay rates through their landlords rather than directly to a council are eligible to apply (you must provide a copy of your lease agreement as evidence)

Your business is not eligible if it has:

  • breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions
  • connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020
  • provides takeaway food as its main operation

Applications are welcome from limited companies, sole traders, trusts and partnerships provided they meet the other criteria, charities and SCIO organisation are not eligible

If your business operates multiple premises, you can apply for grants for each premise applying only once to the local authority in which your business is headquartered. The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted, regardless of the number of premises. The upper limit for the business closure fund is £15,000; the upper limit for business hardship fund is £10,000.

Supporting Evidence

You will require the following documents:

  • A recent business bank statement , clearly showing the account details (including account holder name, account number and sort code)

And any one of the following:

  • Company: Certificate of Incorporation or Companies House registration number.
  • Partnership: Partnership agreement or HMRC registration.
  • Sole Trader: HMRC registration, Self-assessment documents or valid business insurance document.
  • Trust: Constitution documents, HMRC registration or VAT registration document.

Award of funding

North Lanarkshire Council will review your application on behalf of the Scottish Government to assess if you are eligible for the grant. The Council will then aim to make payment direct to your nominated bank account within 3 working days from notifying you of our decision.

Should the Council require any additional information or other evidence this may delay your application.

Applications will close on Tuesday 3 November at 5pm.

Further Enquiries

If you have any further queries on your eligibility for any of the above funds, please contact us by e-mailing: BusinessSupport@northlan.gov.uk and we will respond to your query as quickly as possible. It is important for all enquiries that you include your include your full name, business name and a contact telephone number. If you have submitted an application, please quote your reference number in the subject line in any correspondence. 

Privacy notice:

A pdf icon full privacy statement [473kb] relating to how the Council uses your information to administer the Coronavirus Restriction Funds, including information about your information rights and contact information for the Council's Data Protection Officer, pdf icon can be found here. [473kb]

Appeals:

Information on how to pdf icon appeal your application can be found here. [398kb]

Apply here:

business closure grant

business hardship fund


Further Support

You will find all the latest information on business support for COVID-19, on the Find Business Support Website.

We have also created this  Covid-19 Scottish Business Support Summary [733kb] which provides an overview of the support available.

We began publishing this business support document as the UK entered 'lockdown' and many businesses temporarily closed at the end of March 2020. We have now been updating this document for the last 6 months. The document was initially updated on a daily basis between the end of March and Mid-August when we took the decision to reduce updates to twice weekly due to the slowing down of government business support announcements. As these announcements continue to slow we have decided to now produce this summary on a weekly basis. Updates will be shared every Thursday.

Recruitment

If you are looking to recruit, our Employability Service has just launched a brand new Employer Recruitment Incentive for employers.  If you are an SME based in North Lanarkshire we offer a full, free of charge, recruitment service.  We will advertise your post on our North Lanarkshire's Working website, send you suitable, motivated candidates and provide you with an aftercare service.  A 12 month wage subsidy is also available, where you will receive advance payments to help support your cashflow. T&C apply.  Contact us on 0800 073 0226 or by email NorthLanarkshiresWorking@northlan.gov.uk.

Find redundancy support from Skills Development Scotland. Free support for businesses of any size, no matter how many employees are involved. View this video presentation on the redundancy support available.

There is also support available through other agencies:

Business Gateway Lanarkshire

Federation of Small Businesses

UK and Scottish Government support

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

ACAS

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