Support for eligible businesses affected by the coronavirus
The council's discretionary business grants scheme is now closed.
All applications submitted by the deadline of 11.59pm on 28 August 2020 will have been acknowledged by email and a grant application reference number. We will contact applicants with a decision by email during September.
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
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]
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:
- Book a test straight away
- Self-isolate at their holiday address
- Notify their accommodation provider
- 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.
Operating your premises safely
Advice, grants and services for businesses.
Information on how to pay less and view your account online.
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Information, funding and support, including: apprenticeships, internships, skills plans and talent pipeline.
Superfast broadband is here and extending across the Harrogate district.
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.
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.