Help for Businesses during periods of national and local restrictions

In response to the impact that local and national COVID-19 restrictions have had on the economy, the Government has provided Milton Keynes Council grant funding to help businesses which have been most affected.

 

  1. Grants for closed businesses

  1. During national restrictions
  2. During local Tier 2 and Tier 4 restrictions
  3. That have been required to remain closed since 23 March 2020
  1. Grants for open businesses in hospitality, accommodation and leisure during local Tier 2 restrictions
  2. Milton Keynes Local Business Support scheme
  3. Christmas Support payment for Wet-Led pubs. (closing date for applications is 31 January 2021)

You can check here (PDF, 126KB) to see what grants you may be eligible for the period from 5 November 2020 to 15 February 2021.

Further information on businesses subject to restrictions can be found here.

Further information on each of the current schemes available in Milton Keynes and how to apply is provided below:

 

  1. Grants for closed businesses

 

  1. National Restrictions Closures

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been required to close by Government during the period of national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and 5 January to 15 February 2021 and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Grants are available to cover the 4-week period from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and 6 week period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 for each eligible business. The grant amounts will be fixed. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant. The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

A further one-off payment, Closed Business Lockdown payment, will be included with the grant for the period 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates, and
  • it was open and trading prior to any local restrictions or national lockdown period 
  • has been required to close during the national lockdown, or has adapted their business to offer Takeaway or 'Click and Collect' products (see below)

It has been agreed that business who have subsequently adapted their business to offer Takeaways and 'Click and Collect' products will be eligible for this scheme. This is because their substantive business has had to close. This will include, for example, a restaurant who can no longer receive seated guests but has instead moved towards providing takeaway food collection or deliveries.

Further information on businesses subject to restrictions can be found here

The rate of payment for eligible businesses will be:

 

5 November to     2 December 2020

5 January to            15 February 2021

for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under

£1,334

£6,001

(£2,001 grant + £4,000 lockdown payment)

for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000

£2,000

£9,000

(£3,000 grant+ £6,000 lockdown payment)

for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over

£3,000

£13,500

(£4,500 grant + £9,000 lockdown payment

 

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • businesses whose substantive business is a take away
  • businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the state aid limit (see below)
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Begin your application here and select the National Restrictions Grant schemes for the restrictions in November and Business Support Package for Lockdown for January 2021 based on the rateable value of your property

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills) 

State Aid

Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

 

  1. Local Restrictions closures under Tier 2 & Tier 4

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been required to close in Tier 2 Local Restrictions which came into effect on 2 December 2020 and Tier 4 Local Restrictions that came into effect on 19 December 2020. 

Further information on businesses subject to restrictions can be found here

Tier 2 restrictions were in place in Milton Keynes between 2 December 2020 and 18 December 2020 and Tier 4 restrictions between 19 December 2020 and 4 January 2021. The grant amounts will be fixed. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant. The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

 

Tier 2 - 2 December 2020 to 18 December 2020

Tier 4 – 19 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under

£810

£810

 

for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000

£1,214

£1,214

for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over

£1,821

£1,821

 

You can receive this grant in addition to a grant covering the period of National Restrictions.

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the state aid limit (see below)
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Begin your application here and select the Grants for closed businesses scheme based on the rateable value of your property and the period you wish to apply for.

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills) 

State Aid

Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

 

  1. Businesses that have been required to remain closed since 23 March 2020 (Local Restrictions Support Grant (sector))

This is a mandatory grant which is available to eligible businesses when national restrictions are not in force so for the period 1 November to 4 November 2020 and 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.

The grant is intended to support businesses that have been required to close nationally since 23 March 2020, such business are:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Adult entertainment venues and hostess bars

The level of grant payment will be dependent on the rateable value of the premises occupied by the business as shown below:

 

1 November 2020 to 4 November 2020

2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under

£191

£1,620

 

for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000

£286

£2,428

for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over

£429

£3,643

 

The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

During the period of national restrictions (5 November 2020 to 2 December and 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021) eligible businesses in this category should apply for Grants for Closed Business during national restrictions.

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • you have re-opened as another type of business (for example, changing a nightclub to a bar)
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the state aid limit (see below)
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Begin your application here and select the Local Restrictions Support Grant (sector) schemes based on the rateable value of your property and the period you wish to apply for.

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills) 

State Aid

Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

 

Christmas Support payment - Wet-Led Pubs  

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

A one-off payment of  £1,000 flat-rate grant to wet-led pubs in areas  under Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions for all or part of the period between 2 and 29 December 2020.

For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as:

  • open to the general public,
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided,
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For the purposes of this grant the following are excluded from the definition of a pub : restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

To be eligible for a grant the pub must

  • fall within the above definition of a pub
  • derive less than 50% of its income from sales of food.
  • have been trading on 30 November 2020 (if the pub was required to close under national lockdown restrictions it is accepted it was still trading

Businesses that are also in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support Grants – for example LRSG (Closed) or Additional Restrictions Grant – can also receive this grant.

Exclusions

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.
  • Businesses in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis, the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

This scheme will close on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by Milton Keynes Council by 31 January 2021.

Begin your application here and select the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs scheme

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading prior to local or national restrictions
  • a copy of the company’s latest accounts as filed with HMRC. These should be dated no later than 31/03/2020. If the business was incorporated after 31/03/2020 provide proof current accounts to date for this tax year.

State Aid

Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

 

 

  1. Grants for open businesses in hospitality, accommodation and leisure during local Tier 2 & Tier 3 restrictions

To be eligible for a grant under this scheme the business must:

  • be a hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast or leisure businesses (a list of eligible business is shown below), and
  • be continuing to trade during the period of restrictions, and 
  • demonstrate that the business income has been severely impacted by the restrictions on socialising that are in place during Tier 2 and Tier 3 and  
  • have to pay unavoidable fixed property costs during the period of restrictions

Exclusions

  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • businesses that were not trading prior to the first full day of restrictions coming into effect , unless they were required to be closed prior to that day .
  • for the avoidance of doubt grants from this scheme are not available to shops (whether deemed essential or not) takeaways and homebased businesses unless business related fixed property costs can be demonstrated.

Grant award

The Premises must be used wholly or mainly for the prescribed activity to qualify for the grant. One grant per period may be claimed for each eligible rateable business.

The funding provided by the Government is fixed for this scheme and payments will only be made whilst funding remains available.

The grant is available to eligible businesses for the period 2 December 2020 to 18 December 2020

 

Tier 2 - 2 December 2020 to 18 December 2020

Eligible businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less or for a business that does not receive a rates bill annual rent/mortgage payment of more than £3,000 and up to and including £15,000.

£567

Eligible businesses with a rateable value, or for a business that does not receive a rates bill annual rent/mortgage payment, of more than £15,000 but below £51,000.

£850

Eligible businesses with a rateable value or for a business that does not receive a rates bill annual rent/mortgage payment, of £51,000 and above

£1,275

 

Eligible Business types

The use of the premises must be wholly or mainly for one of the following purposes to qualify for the grant.

Hospitality - includes the following;

  • restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, public houses, bars, social clubs, clubs and clubhouses, corporate event and wedding caterers and organisers
  • businesses whose main operations is a ‘takeaway’ are not eligible for this grant as they have generally not been as severally impacted by the local restrictions
  • businesses whose main operation is a café, restaurant or pub and which offer a takeaway or click and collect service are eligible for a grant

Hotels and Holiday Accommodation- includes the following;

  • hotels, bed and breakfast, guest houses and serviced apartments qualify
  • airbnb accommodation is not eligible for this scheme

Leisure – includes the following;

  • gymnasiums, sports grounds, sports facilities, health clubs, fitness clubs/centres, spas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, public halls, arenas, bingo halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, snooker clubs, skate parks, entertainment venues, farm parks, adventure activities, riding schools, scout and guide huts, cadet huts, conference and exhibition centre, coach tour operators
  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues closed by national restrictions are not eligible for this scheme. They should apply through the Local Restrictions (Sector) Scheme

Begin your application here and select the Grants for Open Businesses during Local Restrictions

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading prior to local or national restrictions

State Aid

Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

 

  1. Milton Keynes Business Support Scheme

Businesses which do not qualify for the any other grant could be eligible for discretionary financial support through the Additional Restrictions Grant and/or Milton Keynes Business Support Scheme. In order to be eligible, the business does not need to be named on the business rates bill but will have to provide evidence of ongoing fixed costs payable by the business such as rent or property license charges.

Exclusions:

Businesses that will not be eligible are listed below:

  • businesses that continue to trade effectively such as accountants, solicitors which can operate remotely, or essential retail which has remained open
  • businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government
  • businesses that have chosen to close but have not been required to close and should have traded effectively, such as essential retail
  • business that cannot demonstrate ongoing fixed business costs
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that are equal to the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made

Applicants will need to explain within their application how their business has been “severely affected”.

For example, a business that usually supplies most of its products or services to the hospitality sector which has been in lockdown, should be able to justify a loss of income and would be eligible for consideration, or a business which relies on delivering an in person service to generate the majority of its sales, but has been unable to deliver that service because of the restrictions, would also be eligible for consideration.

Further information on the Council’s current Business Support Scheme can be found here. (PDF, 4.1MB) . The scheme is due to be reviewed on 26 January 2021 and further schemes may be added at that time to extend support available.  

Begin your application here and select the Additional Restrictions Grant schemes for November restrictions and/or Milton Keynes Business Support Scheme for periods from 2 December based on your business type.

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading immediately before the restrictions came into effect
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills)

State Aid

Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax Implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 15 January 2021