Information for businesses, employees and the self-employed

Information about all government support packages for businesses, employees and the self-employed is 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

Jump to:

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

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund: update

Government have set up a discretionary fund, aiming to support small and micro businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

Businesses eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will also be able to apply.

Local authorities are responsible for allocating grants, and we will receive £575,000 to allocate. 

This means we will have to make difficult decisions about which businesses will receive a discretionary grant, and how much.


Government guidance asks us to support specific small and micro businesses, including: 

  • small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
  • market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • bed & breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates

The guidance also allows discretion for us to focus on businesses that are important to the local economy.

You must be able to demonstrate  that your business has suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Definition of small and micro businesses

small business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year:

  • turnover: not more than £10.2 million
  • balance sheet total: not more than £5.1 million
  • number of employees: a headcount of staff of less than 50

micro business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements:

  • turnover: not more than £632,000
  • balance sheet total: not more than £316,000
  • number of employees: a headcount of staff of not more than 10

Next steps

To help us understand the level of demand, we will be asking you to complete an online form.

The form will be available on this page during the week commencing 8 June, and will be live for two weeks.

We will then look at the data collected, and decide how the funds should be allocated.

Successful applicants can expect to receive their grants in early July.

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

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.


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