Support for businesses affected by the coronavirus

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

Additional support is being made available for some small businesses affected by the coronavirus.

It is for firms with ongoing fixed property-related costs and less than 50 employees that can demonstrate a significant loss of income as a result of the pandemic. Businesses that have already received financial support will not be eligible for this additional help.

We are currently unable to respond to enquiries about this grant but hope to have an online application process up and running by mid-June.

Our customer services centre in Harrogate is currently closed to personal visitors, but you can still speak to us on the phone (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'.

Risk of Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease in your business premises

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.

There is further guidance on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease on the Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England websites.

Coronavirus business survey

We know the coronavirus has had a significant effect on many businesses across the district.

We're trying to understand the impact on individual firms, so that we can shape the services we offer to help businesses in future. If we can better understand local need, we can work out if there are any gaps in the support available in the district, as well as regionally and nationally.

We've set up a short survey to capture information. Please spare us ten minutes to share your experiences.

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

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