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Business Support During Coronavirus

Invest South Tyneside is committed to keeping residents and businesses updated on the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) information. We are working with government and other partners nationally and regionally provide the advice, guidance and targeted support you need.

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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

One-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant as announced by the Chancellor on 5 January 2021

The grant will be provided on a per-property basis to support businesses through the latest restrictions.

The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses 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

South Tyneside Council is awaiting further clarity and guidance from central government and will update businesses on eligibility on how to apply for funds as soon this has been received.

Local Restrictions Grants

South Tyneside Council is administering two central Government funded grant funds that are being made available for businesses affected by local and national lockdown restrictions:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) announced on 22 October, and;
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) announced 31 October.

Both schemes will now cover the Tier 4 restrictions put in place from 31 December 2020.

Payments will continue automatically for those who have already applied and received Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and/or (Closed).

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Businesses that have not had to close but which have been severely impacted due to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions in hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure sectors (or suppliers to) will receive backdated grants ranging from £934 up to £2,100, depending on the rateable value of their property, per month for this period.

The funding is available from 18th September as follows;

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £934 per four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants to be £1,400 per four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £2,100 per four weeks.

South Tyneside Council has received funding based on the number of hospitality, hotel, B&B, and leisure commercial properties in their area.

See Local Restrictions Support Grant 'Open' for full details of eligibility. 

Eligible businesses in South Tyneside have been invited to apply for this grant. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have not been contacted, please email with the following information:

  • Name and address of the business
  • Business rates reference number

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Business mandated to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per four weeks.

Government guidance on businesses which are permitted to remain open and businesses which are subject to restrictions is set out at

See Local Restrictions Support Grant 'Closed' for full details of eligibility, and to access the application form

Businesses who have already applied for and are eligible for the 'Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) grant, do not need to apply for the 'closed' grant as they will receive this grant automatically if eligible. 

Additional Restrictions Grant

As part of the Government support package for businesses South Tyneside Council has received funds under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). This funding is a one-off payment to be utilised over the financial years 2020/21 and 2021/22, as such South Tyneside Council must determine how to best utilise this funding over the next two years.

South Tyneside Council will initially use part of Additional Restrictions Grant resources to enable more businesses to access the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) schemes as detailed in the information regarding each of the two schemes.  This recognises the immediate local economic need within the business community in these sectors and will enable two additional categories of businesses to be supported at this critical time. 

We are supporting local businesses occupying commercial premises in South Tyneside who fall into the following categories and cannot access the main Local Restrictions Support Grant open and closed schemes:

  • Businesses in hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that have suffered reduced demand due to enhanced local restrictions during the period 18 September to 4 November 2020. 
  • Wholesale and business to business suppliers to the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors occupying commercial premises in South Tyneside who can demonstrate that their business has been significantly impacted by the local restrictions during the period 18 September to 4 November 2020. 
  • Businesses mandated to close from 5 November to 2 December 2020 by Government.
  • Businesses that operate from commercial premises within South Tyneside
  • Businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have on-going costs of over £200 per month linked to commercial premises in South Tyneside.

Businesses believing they may be eligible for this support should contact providing the following:

  • Business name
  • Business address
  • Business activity

An initial assessment will be carried out and the business will be notified of the outcome and the next steps.  

We will be working with local authority partners across the North East to consider the best use of the funds remaining to deliver a consistent approach across the region.

The ARG funding has been provided to deliver a range of business support measures across South Tyneside which can include both grants and other business support activities. This approach will be reviewed on a regular basis and further guidance will be published for how each of the schemes will operate in South Tyneside. The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the schemes which include a discretionary element at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

The Government have announced a £1,000 Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

'Wet led' pubs are businesses that predominantly serve alcohol rather than providing food. The payment will be a one-off for December and will be in addition to the Local Restrictions Business Support grants.

South Tyneside Council will be contacting businesses they believe are eligible for this payment from Friday 18 December 2020 with directions on how to apply.  Any business who believe they are eligible but have not been contacted by Monday 11 January 2021 should e-mail with their business details.

Final applications must be received by 31 January 2021. Businesses will be provided with grant funding as soon as possible and no later than 28 February 2021.

Grant scheme criteria

To apply, businesses must be classified as a traditional pub or public house which:

  • opens to the general public
  • allows free entry (other than when occasional entertainment is provided)
  • allows drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permits drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For the purposes of this grant, the government definition of a 'pub' excludes; restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls, casinos or similar. South Tyneside Council does not have any discretion over these exclusions.

Businesses which qualify for the one-off grant

  • Pubs that receive less than 50% of their income from food sales during normal non-COVID trading.
  • Pubs that pay business rates and receive a business rate bill.
  • Businesses that would have been trading on 30 November if national lockdown measures had not been imposed.

Businesses which do not qualify for the one-off grant

  • Pubs that receive more than 50% of their income from food sales during normal non-COVID trading.
  • Pubs in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December 2020.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the de minimis, the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission's Temporary Framework.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made.

South Tyneside Council does not have any discretion over these exclusions.

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..  

Government Business Support

A comprehensive Business Support website is now available for all the very latest up to date information as new announcements are made.

Key areas of support include:

  • Guidance on what to do if someone in your business is confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Financial support for businesses
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • Deferral of VAT payments
  • Preventing your business from being evicted
  • Coronavirus support for business from outside government
  • Additional government resources to support your business during coronavirus disruptions
  • Support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Find out more on the Business Support website.

For all HMRC enquiries please call 0800 159 559.

COVID-19 Toolkit

The North East Growth Hub is providing a COVID-19 Toolkit to help businesses plan for and respond to the virus, and which is the best route to practical and financial help for businesses. Visit: COVID-19 Toolkit

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. 

Preparing to leave the EU (Brexit)

The Government has published guidance for business in preparation for Brexit. Answer some quick questions to get advice specific to your industry.

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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