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Small business recovery fund

Applications now closed

The application form closed at 10am on Friday 12 June.

If you completed an application form, you should now have been notified of whether your application has been successful.

 

About the fund

The Government has asked local authorities to administer a small business grant fund to certain businesses which may have fallen outside the scope of previous financial aid. The Government have issued local authorities with some mandatory eligibility criteria linked to the fund and requested local authorities to exercise their knowledge to respond to local needs.

South Tyneside Council has been allocated £1.4million, which will be distributed as £10k grants to 140 eligible businesses

As there are limited funds strict eligibility criteria has been defined. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. South Tyneside Council is unfortunately not able to offer all eligible firms a grant.

There is no appeals process for this grant.

South Tyneside Council reserves the right to vary the terms of this scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so. 

Eligibility criteria

  • The grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-related scheme are ineligible for funding from the South Tyneside Small Business Recovery Fund. Such grant schemes include:
    • Small Business Grant Fund
    • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
    • The Fisheries Response Fund
    • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme
    • The Zoos Support Fund
    • The Dairy Hardship Fund
  • Businesses must have less than 50 employees
  • Businesses must have a turnover of not more than £10.2m
  • Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme
  • Businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures
  • The grant scheme is open to sole traders, limited companies, partnerships and limited liability partnerships
  • Business must currently occupy a commercial property in South Tyneside, and have been trading in that property on the 11th March 2020
  • If the business currently occupies business premises, the rateable value must be under £51,000 or annual rent or annual mortgage payments on the premises is less than £51,000
  • Businesses should be able to demonstrate ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Only one grant award will be made per business
  • Businesses in shared premises will only be eligible if they can demonstrate sole occupancy of part of the premises through a tenancy agreement. The business will need to show it can be clearly classed as a separate property should the Valuation Office Agency perform an assessment
  • Businesses with more than one property which have been unable to claim the small business grant will only be eligible if the total rateable value or annual rent  or annual mortgage payments on the premises is less than £51,000
  • Businesses must have a business bank account

Government have asked local authorities to ensure the following types of businesses can apply for this funding:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief


Evidence requirements

The following information will be required in order to complete the online application form and will be used to during the appraisal of the application:

  • Number of employees
  • Annual turnover
  • VAT number (if applicable)
  • Company Number (if registered at Companies House)
  • Copy of passport or driving licence
  • Recent bank statement, dated in the last six months, corresponding to the grant payment details provided
  • A business rates reference number (if known for commercial premises). This is either a seven digit number or a six digit number and an "X" (e.g. 1281151 or 128115X). If you do not know this number you are advised to call the Business Rates Department in advance of completing the form on 0191 424 4299 to check. Please note security questions will be asked.
  • Businesses in shared premises will only be eligible if they can demonstrate sole occupancy of part of the premises through a tenancy agreement or mortgage statement. The business will need to show it can be clearly classed as a separate property should the Valuation Office Agency perform an assessment.
  • B&B Owners will be required to submit a council tax number.

Businesses will be asked to provide a short summary to explain how their business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus.

This will include:

  • Business activity (maximum 2000 characters)
  • How the business has been affected as a result of the Coronavirus restriction measures (maximum 2000 characters)
  • Figures to demonstrate the drop in income for the business (maximum 2000 characters)

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for the South Tyneside Small Business Recovery Fund?

To manage the grant application process we have broken it down into two stages:

  • Step 1: Businesses who believe they are eligible must submit an expression of interest by 10am on Monday 8 June
  • Step 2: All businesses will then be emailed instructions and directed to an online application form. This will go live at 10am on Wednesday 10 June for 48 hours. The first 140 eligible businesses will receive a grant of £10,000. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Businesses will be notified of whether their application has been successful by 1 July

I rent a room in a shop to provide my services and pay rent to the owner - am I eligible and what paperwork do I need to apply? 

Businesses in shared premises will only be eligible if they can demonstrate sole occupancy of part of the premises through a tenancy agreement with annual rent less than £51,000.

The business will need to show it has ongoing property related costs and can be clearly classed as a separate property should the Valuation Office Agency perform an assessment. 

I operate my business from a non-residential premises that has not been valued by the Valuation Office Agency, am I eligible for the grant?

Businesses in non-residential premises will only be eligible if they can demonstrate sole occupancy of the premises through a tenancy agreement with annual rent less than £51,000.

The business will need to show it has ongoing property related costs and can be clearly classed as a separate property should the Valuation Office Agency perform an assessment. 

The rateable value for my premises is higher than £51k but my rent due is less than £51k am I eligible to apply for the grant?

If the business currently occupies business premises, the rateable value must be under £51,000 to be eligible to apply. If the commercial property does not have a VOA valuation the annual rent or mortgage repayments must not exceed £51,000.  

I am a business that has received the original Government coronavirus Small Business Grant Fund but this has now been spent on rent and other business related bills - is there any other grant funding available?

Unfortunately, there is only one grant available. Information about all of the Government funding, support and advice available to businesses including the 'bounce back' loan can be found at Coronavirus business support (GOV.UK).

I have received some funding from the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. Am I eligible to claim this grant?

Yes. Those eligible to receive the Self Employment Income Support Scheme can apply to this fund provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.

I am a limited company working from home with no commercial premises - are there any grants available?

Unfortunately there are no Government grants available for businesses that do not occupy commercial premises.   Information about all of the Government funding, support and advice available to businesses can be found at Coronavirus business support (GOV.UK).

I am self-employed, working from home, have no work due to the Coronavirus and do not qualify for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme because I haven't been self-employed long enough - is the grant available to me?

Unfortunately, there are no Government grants available for businesses that do not occupy commercial premises.   Information about all of the Government funding, support and advice available to businesses can be found at Coronavirus business support (GOV.UK).

I operate a mobile business with no commercial premises. Am I eligible to apply for this grant?

Unfortunately, there are no Government grants available for businesses that do not occupy commercial premises. Information about all of the Government funding, support and advice available to businesses can be found at Coronavirus business support (GOV.UK)

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