COVID-19 Business Support Update

Information about the third national lockdown and new grants to support businesses.

We are awaiting further guidance from the Government on the new lockdown grants and will provide an update once we have any further information. However, those that have already applied for any of the previous grants will receive the new payments automatically, as the relevant information has already been received. New applications will be permitted from those that have not previously applied.

National lockdown: Stay at Home

On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a third national lockdown. Find out what you can and cannot do:


£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced:

We are currently waiting for the full guidance. We will let you know as soon as we have any further information.  There will also be an update on the council’s website:


Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

This scheme provides support for those businesses that do not qualify for the mandatory national business grants during the various periods of national and local restrictions imposed by the Government. This includes businesses that have not been mandated to close, that are ineligible for the Local Restrictions Grant scheme and can demonstrate a severe impact on business turnover as a result of restrictions and have fixed business costs.

Find out about eligibility and how to apply here:


Kickstarting Tourism Grants

The Humber Business Growth Hub has been allocated European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) monies by government to operate a Covid-19 Recovery grant scheme to help Small to Medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the Visitor Economy/Tourism sectors to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. SMEs that have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 and that have an eligible project proposal can apply for the grant:


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The visitor economy – updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January:


COVID-19: guidance for food businesses

Updated guidance in line with national lockdown and updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable:



Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus:


To keep up-to-date with the latest developments

You may wish to save the links below, which will provide useful information and updates:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

Humber Business Growth Hub:

HM Government Business Support:


Businesses across the East Riding looking for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other general business support enquiries can contact our business support team. You can contact them by email: and they will respond as quickly as possible.

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