Business and investment

Support for your business: information, advice and funding

There are a range of local services available to eligible businesses at all stages, from starting out to finding premises and growing.

For details on how your business can benefit from free support services please visit our web pages and contact us at

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Step 4 of the roadmap out of Covid-19

Since 19 July most restrictions, including the removal of social distancing, have been removed.

The government has published updated guidance for businesses and the self-employed. Hospitality businesses can also see further information on opening safely.

​​​​​​​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

Guidance for people who work in or run for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, nightclubs or takeaways

Covid business support grants

The national Restart grant scheme is now closed for applications.

Assessment of submitted applications is ongoing and applicants will be contacted during July 2021 with a decision.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) / extension of national restrictions to 19 July

We recognise that some tourism, leisure and events related businesses, will have been severely impacted by the government's extension of national restrictions from 21 June to 19 July 2021. The council will email these businesses during August and September 2021 with details on Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding support.

For enquiries regarding the ARG please email

Brexit and trading with the European Union

The UK has left the European Union. The government's website has full details on what this means for your business.