Support for eligible businesses affected by the coronavirus

The council's discretionary business grants scheme is now closed.

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.


SME and kick-starting tourism grant funding: Open for stage one applications, 30 September until 10am on 5 October

The government has announced new SME and kick-starting tourism grant funding to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) gain access to professional support, new equipment and technology. These are being jointly managed by the Leeds City Region and York and North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnerships.

For full details and to apply for funding please visit the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub website.


Other help available for your business

Government has created a package of measures to support businesses through the pandemic. The government 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.


Test and trace

North Yorkshire County Council has launched a tourist charter as part of their test and trace service advising visitors what to do if they develop symptoms. Anyone with symptoms must:

  1. Book a test straight away
  2. Self-isolate at their holiday address
  3. Notify their accommodation provider
  4. Tell the rest of their party to stay indoors

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.