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Business Support

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Business Support Hub

We have established a dedicated Business Support Hub, which can be contacted on 0191 481 3456 or by email at  

Business Grants

Omicron Small Business Hardship Grant  

Applications for the Omicron Small Business Hardship Grant are now closed.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Applications for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant are now closed.

Shop Front Improvement Grant

Applications for the Shop Front Improvement Grant are now closed.  

Restart Grants 

This scheme is now closed.

South Tyneside Small Business Hardship Grant Fund

Applications have now closed for the Small Business Hardship Grant fund.

Small Business Hardship Grant Extension

Applications have now closed for the Small Business Hardship Grant Extension. 

Local Restrictions Grants

Applications have now closed for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

Applications have now closed for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

As part of the Government support package for businesses South Tyneside Council received £4,360,736 funds under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). This has now all been allocated. You can read about how this funding was used here.

Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

Applications for the Chistmas support payment for wet-led pubs are now closed.

Furlough Scheme Extended

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until April 2021 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. Read the full government announcement here.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. Check eligibility here.

Coronavirus loan schemes extended

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - and the Future Fund will be extended to 31 January 2021. More information is available from the British Business Bank website. 

Small business recovery fund

The South Tyneside Small Business Recovery Fund was launched for certain businesses which have fallen outside the scope of previous financial aid. The deadline to express an interest in the Small Business Recovery Fund has now passed. 

Emergency business grants

South Tyneside Council paid one-off government grants to a significant number of small and medium-sized businesses. The deadline to apply for these grants has now passed. All businesses have now been notified if their application was successful. More information about the Business Grants and eligibility criteria can be found on the Business Support Grant Frequently Asked Questions webpage..  

Capital Funding through the Growth Fund 

Support is available for businesses looking to expand or establish new operations in South Tyneside. The Growth Fund is a £4.5m programme of investment part-funded by ERDF that supports SME growth. You could be eligible for a grant of up to 30% of expenditure, if you are a small or medium size business and planning capital investment of at least £134,000.

Eligible expenditure may include land and buildings; premises lease costs;  premises fit-out costs; plant, machinery and other capital equipment or revenue costs directly associated with a capital investment, where eligible under ERDF rules (e.g. professional fees, installation costs etc.)

For more information on eligibility visit The Growth Fund website.

Business Investment Team

Our dedicated Business Investment Team can offer practical support including information about business grants for North East businesses.

We make choosing South Tyneside an easy decision, get in touch for a chat about your business needs. 

We are your single point of contact

Our specialist team will work with you to understand all aspects of starting up or relocating your business to South Tyneside. We act as an extension of your team, providing:

  • Support to build a business case for locating in South Tyneside, including sector research and intelligence
  • Assistance with planning, property search and business rates. We work with all property agents across the area
  • Information and advice about attracting finance and accessing financial assistance for North East businesses
  • Practical day-to-day support from set-up to becoming operational, including recruitment and training support 
  • Ongoing support to help your company grow and deliver successful projects 
  • Information and introductions to contacts and networks in your sector
  • Strategic relationship building with key personnel locally, nationally or at international head offices

Whether your business requires assistance with planning, property search, business rates, employing staff or attracting finance - the Business Investment Team is the single point of contact for your business in South Tyneside. 

EU Transition (Brexit)

New rules apply to doing business with Europe. Use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for your business and your family.

GOV.UK: Brexit transition

South Tyneside businesses should also check the North East Growth Hub Brexit toolkit.

Financial assistance for North East businesses

If you're looking to raise funding or investment for your growing business, talk to our team and we will work with you to explore the best options to achieve your goals.

Our team have a broad knowledge of the investment programmes available, and can offer guidance for businesses at all stages of growth.

Some useful websites include:

 North East Fund - £120million investment programme with five funds available for SMEs in different sector, with certain growth plans

North East Business Support Fund - small business for business improvement projects across Tyne & Wear

North East Growth Hub - Finance & Funding portal including information on funding, finance and loans

Please get in touch to discuss your business plans and funding requirements and our specialist team can offer up to date information about available financial assistance for North East businesses.

Contact us

We would love to hear about the plans for your business, and chat through what we can offer in South Tyneside. Contact us to arrange a call or a visit.

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