Business and investment

Coronavirus financial support for your business

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country.

The gov.uk website has the detail on what this means for your business.

The government's website also has advice on grants, funding, help for self-employed workers or sole traders, and how to run your business safely if it is permitted to open.

The North Yorkshire County Council website has advice and guidance on how to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak in your workplace.

We know that this is a difficult time for many businesses in the district. We are working hard to pay grants to eligible businesses as soon as possible.

Your business must be based in the Harrogate district to be eligible for a payment from any of the grant schemes. Some businesses may also be eligible for support from more than one of the schemes.

For details of the advice and support available to you as a resident of the district, please take a look at our residents' information page.

Restart business support grants from 1 April 2021

The government has provided funding for eligible businesses through a new 'restart grants' scheme.

The grants are to help eligible businesses that offer in-person services where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed business-rated premise in certain sectors.

Qualifying businesses in the non-essential retail sector will receive grants of up to £6,000.

Businesses in the hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym sectors will receive up to £18,000. The grant level awarded will depend on the rateable value of their premises.

Strand 1
Non-essential retail

  • £2,667 for premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £4,000 for premises with a rateable value of more than £15,000 but less than £51,000
  • £6,000 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more

Strand 2
Hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care, gyms and sports

  • £8,000 for premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £12,000 for premises with a rateable value of more than £15,000 but less than £51,000
  • £18,000 for premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more

Further information, including examples of eligible business types, can be found in our Restart Grant Scheme.

Apply for Restart Grant

You must submit your application for the Restart Grant by the national deadline of 30 June 2021.

If your business has been severely impacted by the coronavirus restrictions and is not eligible for a Restart Grant it may be eligible for phase four of our Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme. Please see the information below for further details of the phase four ARG scheme.

National lockdown and grant funding for 16 February to 31 March 2021

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) for the national lockdown from 16 February to 31 March 2021 has now closed to new applications.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 30 June deadline for applications

Eligible businesses that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus restrictions can now apply for grant funding from phase four of the ARG scheme. Phase four supports businesses in the most impacted sectors (including those that are not eligible for the national Restart grant) and recognises the costs they face in operating safely when reopening.

To be eligible for a grant from the phase four ARG scheme businesses must operate wholly or mainly within the following sectors or their supply chain: non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and events, tourist accommodation and personal care.

Please check the full eligibility criteria and sector definitions before submitting your grant application. Please note, if your business has received (or is eligible for) a Restart grant it should not apply for phase four of the ARG scheme.

Apply for phase 4 ARG

You must submit your application before 11.59pm on 30 June 2021.

For enquiries regarding phase four of the ARG scheme please email [email protected].

​​​​​​​Business toolkit

We've put together a business toolkit to provide you with practical safety advice, guidance and supporting materials to help your business operate safely while the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Business toolkit

Rules, guidance and support for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

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Brexit: leaving the European Union

The UK has left the European Union.

A trade deal with the EU was announced at the end of 2020.

The government's website has full details on what this means for your business.