COVID-19The latest updates, events and information
Business Support and Grant information
As of the 5th January, England has been placed in a National Lockdown. As a result of these restrictions, the Local Authorities across West Sussex are delivering a range of Government business grants to support businesses that have been mandated to close as well as businesses and sole traders that may be struggling. To find out more about the grants available, click on the links below:
Information is available on the district and borough council web sites:
Other useful sources of information and advice:
The Coast to Capital Growth Hub provides fully funded advice, support and strategic leadership to help small and medium sized businesses drive sustainable business success. For more information please go to the C2C website – CLICK HERE
Coast to Capital also host a number of events which can be found here: events calendar
Report reveals decade of economic recovery for West Sussex, urges local collaboration
A report commissioned by the Coastal West Sussex Partnership offers stark warnings about the future of the local economy and urges a collaborative approach to combating the economic impacts of Covid-19.
The Covid-19 Impact Assessment for Coastal West Sussex, by Hatch, found the region’s challenges include a dependence on tourism, high populations of people self-employed in the creative/digital sector, and concentrations of older residents. The impact on young people, particularly those with fewer skills, was highlighted. To see the full report click here
New lockdown grants to support businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
The one-off top-up grants will be provided on a per property basis to businesses closed as a result of the latest restrictions as follows:
- £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
- £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
- £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000
A further £594 million is also being made available for Local Authorities and the Devolved Administrations to support other businesses not eligible for the grants, that might be affected by the restrictions. Businesses should apply to their Local Authorities.
The new one-off grants are in addition to the existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen.