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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Support

The government has introduced a range of financial measures, initially to help businesses meet their fixed costs.

Businesses that experience financial difficulties are urged to talk through their situation with the following institutions and organisations BEFORE implementing redundancy and business closure:

  • Local Authority
  • HMRC
  • Local bank

Adur & Worthing Councils are actively engaging with the government and are tracking and monitoring the situation with regards to the publication of guidance and the receiving and giving of funds.

There are a range of grants available to support businesses during Covid-19 (Coronavirus). These are detailed below:

See also:

Register for Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

Please note: Deadline for registrations for the SBGF and RHLGF grant fund is 28th August 2020. Any registrations received after that date will not be considered.

Businesses are advised to read the eligibility guidance thoroughly and review the FAQs prior to starting the form (see below).

If you have access to a copy of your business rates bill this will prove useful for your registration but is not compulsory.

First: Please read the eligibility guidance:

Then: Please read the FAQs relating to the grants:

Then: Once you have read the eligibility guidance and FAQs click on the button below:

We have been made aware of a scam that is going out at the moment about "Action Required: Problem with rate account details" requesting that you reply to a rating @ email address and to use an online registration form that they provide to resubmit your details with the correct Ratepayer ID and Occupancy ID - this is a scam. Please only respond to correspondence relating to an account. If in any doubt please contact us on

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Discretionary Business Fund (Top Up Fund)

Adur & Worthing Councils are pleased to offer a second round of the Discretionary Fund for any businesses in need and impacted by COVID-19 and who have not already received a government business grant.

In Round 1 of the Discretionary Grants, Adur & Worthing Councils adopted the West Sussex County Councils' Discretionary Fund Guidelines. The guidelines were produced to ensure businesses in the most impacted sectors were provided most assurance of support. Whilst the Councils still use these guidelines when reviewing claims, during this round of funding, Adur & Worthing Councils are keen to receive applications from any business that can clearly evidence a significant impact from Covid. Whilst the Councils can not guarantee a grant will be awarded, as funding is limited, we welcome applications so we can review situations on a case by case basis. The process may also provide us an opportunity to support you in other ways.

Please review the full eligibility criteria before making an application:

You will need to supply evidence to support your application, therefore you may find it useful to have the following documentation to hand; bank statements detailing loss of income/ongoing financial costs, signed lease/rental agreements, business rates bill, insurance and/or evidence of other business related financial liabilities.

Applications have now closed. The application closing date was Sunday 19th July 2020. Any applications after this date will not be considered.

The Councils aim to assess all applications within 2-3 weeks of the closing date with all applications receiving notification of the decision. Please note, there is no appeals process for this grant and the decision of the Councils is final.

Information and files submitted will be stored securely and only accessible to staff as part of processing your application. All documentation, including applications will be destroyed as and when the grants schemes become void.

Please note, businesses that were eligible for the Small Business Rates Relief Grant or the Retail Hospitality & Leisure Grant or who have successfully received funding under Round 1 of the Discretionary Grant, are not able to apply to this second round of Discretionary grant funding.

All businesses requiring financial support due to COVID-19 can make use of the government's:

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Business support finder tool

A new 'support finder' tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic has been launched.

A simple questionnaire that takes business owners under a minute to complete directs them to relevant government financial support:

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COVID Business Recovery Tools - BEIS Working Safely Webinars

Following on from the government's recent publication of workplace guidance, produced in consultation with industry, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be hosting a series of free webinars to help businesses make their workplace COVID-secure.

The webinars cover a range of types of workplace settings that are allowed to be open. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of the guides/webinars as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

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Financial Support for Businesses

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Key Helplines and Email addresses

HMRC Specialist Advice Line: 0800 024 1222 - open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Business Support Helpline: Backed by the UK Government, the Business Support Helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England. For details of how to contact them see Business Support Helpline - on the GOV.UK website

ACAS Employers Advice Line: 0300 123 1100

Questions on International Trade & Coronavirus email

Other sources of information include: 

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