Kirklees Council has made a second and final round of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant fund available to help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Grants of up to £10,000 are being made available to businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that have not received funding in round one and are not eligible for other Government grant schemes, including the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
This fund is available to the following types of businesses:
Manufacturing businesses with their own business rate assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
Businesses that wholly or mainly supply the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector with their own business rates assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
OFSTED registered childcare providers
Businesses must also meet the following criteria to be eligible:
Be a small or micro business
Have relatively high, ongoing fixed property-related costs
Be able to demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
Have been trading on 11th March 2020
Occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
Further information including full eligibility criteria and detailed guidance can also be found on their website. The application process will close at midnight on Wednesday 19 August 2020. The Council reserves the right to amend the closing date and will publish any changes on its website
Businesses across Kirklees are being asked to complete a business resilience survey to identify the support they need to recover and build resilience beyond the Covid-19 crisis. The results will help the Council business team, and other regional business support organisations, understand the impact of Covid-19 across the District and provide support where it is needed the most.
The survey will be open until Friday 26 June and a summary of the results will be published on the Council website.
Eligible small businesses in Kirklees who have been impacted by Covid-19 can now apply for up to £10,000 to help with ongoing fixed property-related costs through the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund. Applications must be made online before Monday 22 June 2020. This new Government grant fund has been launched to help many of the small businesses who didn’t qualify for financial support under the other Government Covid-19 business grant schemes.
Grants will be awarded based on submitted evidence of actual property-related costs incurred by applicants, including rent, service charges, contribution to landlord rates and other specified property costs, as well as evidence of loss of income due to Covid-19.
The government has set out clear criteria on eligibility and the fund is therefore available to the following types of businesses in Kirklees:
Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 month’s actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.
Regular market traders with fixed property costs, that do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £2,500 per applicant.
Bed and breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £3,000 per applicant.
Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.
Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self-employed Income Support Scheme will also be eligible to apply for this scheme, but those who have already received support from the Small Business Grant Fund; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund; or other Government coronavirus support schemes will not be able to apply.
Applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund must be made online by Monday 22 June 2020. For further information and to apply visit our website.
Kirklees Council knows this is an incredibly difficult time for local businesses and we’re keen to showcase those that have adapted, fundamentally changed or refocussed their business models during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Over the next couple of months we’ll be running a marketing campaign:
to celebrate business success
promote lessons that could be transferred to other businesses/sectors of the economy
If you know of any currently, or hear of any businesses over the few months that meet this criteria please email email@example.com with the business name, contact details and a quick summary of how the business has adapted (or ask the business to get in touch if you don’t want to forward details).
HMRC’s online claims system for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has launched today, Monday 20th April. Businesses participating in the scheme will be able to claim up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
The scheme has now been extended to the end of June 2020 and businesses can claim for furloughed employees who were on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.
The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.
Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government has today launched the Future Fund to provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/future-fund
It is an unprecedented world at the moment and because of this, we are having to be ever evolving. We are trying to adapt so that we can continue to support the local area. One of the ways that we have been doing this, is by transferring our business networking events to Virtual Meetups – which are now FREE for Silver members, as well as Gold members.
Our virtual Meetups give local businesses the opportunity to introduce their products and services. However we have also found the Meetups are having a positive impact on attendees social life as well as mental health.
The Meetup sessions are held on Zoom on Thursday mornings starting at 10am
We had initially agreed to hold the events fortnightly – more regularly than our normal monthly events. However, it was not as easy to set this up on Eventbrite (how we process the ticket purchasing). So we have decided to hold these weekly.
£5 for Bronze members and FSB members (if it is not the ‘Supported by FSB’ Meetup),
Free for Silver and Gold Members.
At our Virtual Meetup on Thursday 16th April, we were able to replicate our unique Speed Networking format, as seen at our physical Meetups over the past 7 years. All agreed that they liked the format and it had been productive for them.
Survey results showed that attendees thought these events were –
useful for their business, enjoyable and that they will attend further ones.
also beneficial to attendees social life and mental health.
If you would like to join us for one of our Meetups please visit our Eventbrite profile to book your ticket – HD8network.Eventbrite.co.uk
However if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (during reasonable hours) on 07790705223.
This website includes information on the full range of support available for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors. We are committed to working together with key partners in the private sector to maintain jobs and investment in the District.
Have you considered that membership of the HD8 Network could be as part of your CSR policy and your way of supporting the local community?
Are you a big business in the #HD8 area of Huddersfield?
For many businesses, the HD8 Network provides them a way to promote their services and products locally.
Many people know us for our networking events, others know about our social media groups and channels, however there is much more that we offer.
Whilst big businesses in the area might think that the HD8 Network and our membership is irrelevant to them – as their customers are not here – their other key stakeholders are; for example their employees, their neighbours, their councillors and other authorities making decisions which affect their business, all of whom are part of the surrounding communities.
The HD8 Network membership, used as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, would enable you to communicate effectively with these other groups that impact on your business.
Kirklees Council has had a fantastic response from local businesses seeking to draw down a Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant as part of the Government’s COVID-19 support package.
As of this morning over 4,300 grant applications have been submitted.
Council staff are working hard to process the submissions, undertake any checks required by Government and get payments out as soon as possible.
BACS payments will commence later today and will continue on a daily basis until all of the grants have been paid.
However, we know that many more Kirklees businesses are eligible for a grant
Please would appreciate you could share this article within your local networks to make sure all businesses receive support as soon as possible.
Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants at email@example.com although regrettably it is not possible to answer queries about the timing of individual payments due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries.
The Government has announced details of a package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
This week Kirklees Council has written to all businesses in Kirklees who are eligible for either the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Small Business Grant to let them know that they need to complete an online form on the Council website in order to ensure payment as swiftly and securely as possible at the beginning of April. Further information and the online form is available here: www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness
However, we are aware that, due to the current situation, many business owners are not at their business premises and therefore may not see this letter immediately. We would therefore be grateful if you could share this message via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants or their application at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that we have a last minute speaker added to our Meetup agenda on November.
Simon Monaghan will be talking to us about common grants available from Leeds LEP, and how we can make grants work for our businesses and our clients.
The world of grants is both confusing and frustrating, and Simon is well-equipped to guide and advise business owner through the ever-changing maze of grant opportunities.
Simon is a well-established business coach primarily operating in West Yorkshire who has 30 years of management experience and entered the world of coaching from a successful family business.
Simon is Leeds-based and over the last seven years he has worked with hundreds of local businesses and has assisted many clients to help fund growth through grants, a service which he now also offers to non-clients.
Grants of up to £60,000 are available for projects which contribute to the creation of jobs, support the local economy and meet one or more of the priorities listed overleaf (see newsletter). Further information is available on the website www.epip.org.uk.
East Peak Innovation ask you to get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential project or see website for further details or to download the applicant handbook. Some examples of projects already funded are shown on the newsletter.