Information for businesses, employees and the self-employed

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  1. Local Authority Discretionary Grants
  2. Government support packages
  3. COVID-19 business grants
  4. Business rates relief
  5. Bounce Back loans for SMEs
  6. Information for Council business tenants
  7. Furlough scheme extended
  8. Sector specific government information, advice and guidance
  9. Support from business representative organisations, trade associations and other organisations
  10. When can my business start trading again?
  11. Information for young people
  12. Support for landlords
  13. Guidance for employees
  14. Grants and funding for community organisations
  15. Your local enterprise partnership (LEP)
  16. Speak to a business advisor
  17. Businesses supporting businesses
  18. How to carry out a COVID-19 Risk assessment
  19. Working safely during corona virus (COVID–19)
  20. Redundancy Advice
  21. Frequently asked questions

Local Authority Discretionary Grants

Our extended application window is now closed. 

We have assessed all the applications received before the original deadline and you should have had an email confirming if you have been successful. 

Any remaining applications will be processed and notified of the outcome by the end of August.

Read our Local Authority Discretionary Grant policy

Government support packages

All government support packages for businesses, employees and the self-employed are available on the government website, including:

  • Funding and support – all of the government funding schemes, business support find tool, sources of information and support from the government and other organisations.
  • Self-employed people and sole traders – funding schemes and other financial advice and support, how to work in people’s homes safely (tradespeople), rules that have been temporarily relaxed.
  • Your responsibilities as an employer - keeping your employees safe, claim wages through the job retention scheme, employer guide to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), how to claim back SSP, advice on how to manage staff affected by COVID-19.
  • Managing your business during coronavirus – health and safety, sector specific guidance, rules that have been temporarily relaxed.
  • Business closures - businesses that must close, safe working guidance, claim wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • How you can help - offer the help of your business

COVID-19 business grants 

We have the funds from government to pay grants to eligible businesses.

To make a payment, we need to collect some information from you through the form, linked below.

Important Information:

Please enter your details exactly as shown on your bill. For example: 

Your bill shows the name of Mrs Judy E Garland T/a Garland Movies Ltd

The boxes on the form need to be completed as follows:

Title: Mrs
Forename: Judy E 
Surname: Garland T/a Garland Movies Ltd

If you have any problems using this form, email your business rates account number, company name and business address to – we cannot take this information over the phone.

Business grants online form

We will never ask for bank details or personal information over the phone

Business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

If you think your business may be entitled to business rates relief, we advise that: 

  • if you pay direct debit or standing order and believe you will not have to pay rates at all or at that amount, you may want to cancel it through your bank
  • if you pay in a different way, you may want to ignore your current bill, and wait for your new bill to be issued

Information for Council business tenants

If you are a business tenant, you can defer rent due for the first quarter of this financial year until the end of June. 

This is to allow you time to assess the impact on your business and take action to make sure it’s sustainable, without worrying about paying rent in the short term.  

At the end of June, we’ll talk to you about how you would like to proceed.

To defer your rent email:   

Furlough scheme extended

Read the announcement on the government website

Bounce Back loans for SMEs

Government has announced £2,000 and £50,000 ‘bounce back loans’ for SMEs. 

The loans have a 100% Government guarantee and are interest free for the first 12 months.

Find out more and apply

Information for young people

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

When can my business start trading again?

If your business is required to close, we ask you to comply with this - check the government site regularly for changes and updates.

Your business or venue must stay closed to the public until government announces  that it is safe to reopen.

Failure to follow the law on closures can lead to the person responsible for the business being issued a prohibition notice, a fixed penalty notice or prosecution.

Sector specific government information, advice and guidance

Coronavirus support from business representative organisations, trade associations and other organisations

Business representative organisations and trade associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors.

Find support for your business type

Public bodies, organisations and charities have produced additional resources that may be useful to employers and employees.

Find resources for your business type

Support for Landlords

Read government guidance about support to protect renters – people who rent will not be forced out of their home during the pandemic. 

Guidance for Employees 

Find information about going to work, statutory sick pay and furloughed workers on the government website.

Grants and funding for community organisations

Find information about grants and funding available to help organisations working to support vulnerable people in Rutland.

Your Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

LEPs are business led partnerships between local authorities and local private sector businesses. There are 38 across England.

We are linked to Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

LEPs play a central role in:

  • deciding local economic priorities
  • activities to drive economic growth and job creation
  • improving infrastructure
  • raising local workforce skills

LEP boards are led by a business chair, with board members who are local leaders of industry (including small or medium sized enterprises), educational institutions and the public sector.

Visit the websites for more information:



Speak to a business advisor

If you need to talk to someone about the support available for your business and employees, contact Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.

The Growth Hub is able to provide independent business advice and signposting to the most appropriate support programmes for clients. This will include the ability to access some grant funding, but these grants will not be able to be used for ongoing running costs or any retrospective costs and will require a business to provide some match funding. 

T: 01522 782189


The decision on business rates relief, small business grants and retail, leisure and hospitality grants rests solely with the  Council - the growth hub has no influence over this decision.

Businesses helping businesses

We have a Facebook page, where local businesses can find free support on offer to other local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re able to offer any free support to other businesses, tag @rutlandbusiness in a Facebook post with information about the support you're offering, and we will share it.

How to carry out a COVID-19 Risk assessment

The Government has updated it's guidance for employers carrying out a risk assessment at work, the information can be found online at


Working safely during corona virus (COVID–19)

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.


Redundancy Advice

Advice is available to all employers regardless of how many staff are at risk of redundancy:

Employers should email this dedicated address to find out what redundancy support is available

Employers can look at general useful information at:

Advice for Individuals at risk of redundancy or who have been made redundant:

Email this dedicated address to find out more about the help available.

Please include your postcode in the email.

Use this dedicated website to get advice on a number of different topics


Search free ‘Find a job’ service (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Contact new "Help to Claim" service.  Telephone , online or face to face advice for people needing to access Universal Credit   0800 144 8 444 (calls are free and lines open 8am-6pm, Mon to Friday)


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