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Coronavirus – Support for businesses

The UK government has announced a package of help for businesses through this period of disruption.

You can get the latest information by visiting the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's website

Coronavirus support for Sandwell businesses: COVID-19 impact survey

The Council will be responsible for administering the following:

COVID-19 Business Support Grants: Local Authority Discretionary Fund

The applications has been reopened for Round 2.

Applications for this grant will only be accepted from businesses who have been unsuccessful in their application for small business or RHL grants.

Please contact the Think Sandwell Team for more information.

At the beginning of May the government announced that it would provide local authorities with additional funding to support small businesses with high fixed property costs which are not eligible for the current Small Business Rates (SBR) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure (RHL) grant schemes.

Sandwell Council is now inviting applications from local businesses for a new COVID-19 support grant. The council has £3.362m from the government’s Discretionary Business Grant Fund to allocate to local businesses. This funding is specifically to support small and micro businesses with high fixed property costs which are not eligible for the other Small Business and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure support grant schemes.

Because it is a discretionary scheme, the criteria used to determine which businesses will get a grant is set by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and a panel of council officers and local business experts. 

Businesses should apply via the council’s My Sandwell online form. Time is limited to apply so you must complete the form as soon as possible.

For more information about the grant and FAQs go to the Think Sandwell page.

or contact the Business Growth Team on think_sandwell@sandwell.gov.uk

Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Retail Grants

We have written to all small businesses and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure companies/traders who operate from premises with a rateable value of under £51,000  to advise them of their potential entitlement to a business support grant. The letter asked businesses to provide information so we can establish if they are eligible for the grant and also the information we need to make a payment.

This information must be provided on an online form which you can find here.

As part of the application process you will be asked to upload a copy of your business' latest bank statement (For limited companies, this must be a company bank account. We will not be able to pay grants for a limited company into a personal bank account). Once we have received your completed online form and bank statement, we are required to carry out some due diligence checks to verify the information you have provided. If it is established you are eligible for a grant, it will be paid into your bank account via BACS. We appreciate that these are difficult times for our business community and we aim to deal with applications as quickly as possible. However due to the high volume of applications it may take up to 10-15 days to check and process your application. All businesses will receive a letter confirming whether or not they are eligible and payment will be made to eligible businesses by BACS. 

Find out more about business rate relief and other grants due to coronavirus

GRANTfinder

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses across the UK deepens, the ability to signpost available funding to businesses in need has never been more urgent. 

To meet this need Think Sandwell has free access for local businesses to the UK’s leading provider of funding information to the business, voluntary and public sector.
The Open4Business portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly.
You can access the Sandwell Open4Business portal with a quick and simple registration but feel free to contact the team should you require any further support. 

Fire risk assessments

Advice to businesses about the importance of having an up--to-date fire risk assessment:

More advice for businesses – Think Sandwell

You can also visit our Think Sandwell website for more information about support available for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.