Support for eligible businesses affected by the coronavirus

Phase three of our discretionary grants scheme will open for applications on 12 August. We will publish full details, including the eligibility criteria, online application form and the supporting information required that morning.

This will be the final phase of the scheme, and will close for all applications at 11.59pm on 28 August.

Phases one and two of our discretionary grants scheme are now closed. We will contact phase one and two grant applicants with a decision during August.

For general enquiries about the discretionary grants scheme, please contact us by email at [email protected]. Please include a grant application reference number in your email.


Other help available for your business

Government has created a package of measures to support businesses through the pandemic. The gov.uk website has a step-by-step guide to the help available.

Our customer services centre in Harrogate is closed to personal visitors, but you can still speak to us on the phone on 01423 500600 or via [email protected]

For enquiries regarding business rates, including registering a business premises or payments in 2020/2021, please look at our business rates information page or make an enquiry.

In the meantime, please sign-up to our business newsletter to keep up to date with the latest business support schemes from us, government and our other partner organisations.


Prepare your business for the end of lockdown

As the lockdown restrictions are eased, businesses across the district are getting themselves ready for a return to trading.

You can check to see if your business is allowed to open on the government's website.

Government has also published guidance on how to work safely during the pandemic, including what you need to do to make your workplace 'Covid-19 secure'.

If you run a food business, the Food Standards Agency has published specific advice to help you reopen.

If you run a hospitality business, you must collect, and retain, contact details for all customers who come onto your premises. This is necessary to support the national test and trace system. The government has published detailed guidance to help you.

You, your landlord or building management company should follow Water UK's guidance on how to restore the drinking water system to ensure the supply is safe from Legionella and Legionnaire's disease.

How can we help your business?

Businesses across the Harrogate district are benefiting from our free support services. Over £1 million of grant funding was awarded to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the past year. This has contributed towards: the expansion of premises, purchase of machinery, investment in IT development, exporting activity and employee training. With our bespoke support and advice over 70 businesses progressed their growth plans and achieved their job creation ambitions, in 2018-19.

For details on how you can benefit, please visit our web pages and contact us at [email protected]. Keep updated by following us on Twitter and subscribe to our e-newsletter.


Transition period - the UK has left the EU

Find out what this means for you.

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021. Check how to get ready for new rules in 2021 by visiting www.gov.uk/transition

Information and advice on preparing your business for Britain leaving the European Union can be found on our dedicated EU transition period page.