Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Support

Following the government's announcement on Saturday 31st October, the UK has now entered into a second national lockdown (Thursday 5th November until 2nd December 2020). 

Businesses mandated to close and wanting to register for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) can do so using the LRSG portal below.

Businesses that are struggling and are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). We are working hard to administer this discretionary scheme as soon as possible. Further details on the ARG scheme are available below.

To be updated on further grant funding and business support please sign up to the Adur & Worthing Councils' Business Newsletter.

If you have any immediate queries please contact the Grants Team on:

You can also receive national updates: sign up for GOV.UK Covid-19 email alerts.

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

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Register for Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

This grant is now open to support local businesses in Adur and Worthing who have been mandated to close by the government from the 5th November to the 2nd December 2020 due to the national lockdown announced on 31st October 2020.

NOTE - before registering please:

You will need to be the rate payer as of the 4th November, to register for this grant.

Eligible businesses include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Grant funding is set based on the rateable value of the business premise, as follows:

  • Business premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of over £15,001 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28 day qualifying period.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £3,000 per 28 day qualifying period.

Eligible businesses will not have received more than €800,000 in state aid. Businesses will be required to confirm compliance when registering for the grant.

Businesses that decide to remain open for their primary business function will not be eligible for the LRSG grant.

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 (eg accountants, solicitors) are not eligible.

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Apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Businesses that are struggling and are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). National guidance on the scheme can be found here:

Adur & Worthing Councils are delivering this funding in collaboration with other local Councils and will deliver the grant as part of the West Sussex Districts & Boroughs Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant scheme.

Note: This round of funding will run from Monday 23rd November to (midnight) Sunday 13th December 2020.

Please read the below guidance.  These guidelines set out the eligibility under which organisations and businesses in West Sussex will qualify to make an application and the evidence required to support an application.

Check eligibility for the West Sussex Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant Scheme:

Please note, as we are anticipating high demand we are unable to guarantee all applications will be successful. The decision of the grant panel is final and there is no appeals process.

Please sign up to the Councils Business Newsletter as this will be one of our primary methods for communicating developments with our local business community:

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Kickstart Scheme: Check if you can apply for a grant as a representative of a group of employers

Are you able to offer a young person a job for 6 months as part of the new Kickstart Campaign? Adur & Worthing Councils in collaboration with the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership, Job Centre Plus and Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce are keen to hear from you.

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

If you would like to register your interest, please email:

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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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Financial Support for Businesses

We will update our website if further funding becomes available. In the interim other options for support that may benefit some businesses include:

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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 COVID19@trade.gov.uk

Other sources of information include: 

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

Please note: These grants were available from the period of April to September 2020.

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Discretionary Business Fund (Top Up Fund)

Adur & Worthing Councils ran two rounds of Discretionary Grant funding but this application process is now closed.

Please note: These grants were available from the period of April to September 2020.

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