Information and Support for Businesses
We are committed to providing businesses across East Lindsey with clear, helpful and up-to-date information and will keep this page updated with information from the government and our partners. We want to support one another during this challenging time, and will share any of your initiatives, along with helpful information from trusted organisations.
We are administering the business rates holidays and two business grants, you can find further info on these schemes using the Apply for a Business Grant button below.
Business Lincolnshire Support: Business Lincolnshire has dedicated adviser support for telephone consultations and advice. Further information is available here. Business Lincolnshire have also established a Coronavirus helpline, call 01522 782189 (Option 3) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a local business adviser at the Growth Hub. The helpline is open from 9am until 5pm with an answer phone outside of these hours.
Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership: The GLLEP is asking you to share how Coronavirus is impacting your organisation by emailing: email@example.com and further information is available on their website.
Government Business Support: A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): The scheme will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by Coronavirus. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month; this scheme will be administered by the Government. More information on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is available here.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Under this scheme all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees' salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month.
A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to Coronavirus, call HMRC's dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.
Offer Coronavirus support from your business: If your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus, you can provide details on the Government's website.
Social Distancing Guidance:
Manufacturers -Ventilator Production: If you can switch production to ventilators call 0300 456 3565.
We, like the other Lincolnshire authorities have had enquiries from food businesses about diversifying into meals/food delivery during the current situation. We are aware this is something which can benefit businesses and communities therefore we have provided. .
Hospitality Businesses: Advice and information from UKHospitality.
Taxi and Private Hire Operators: Our Licensing Team have provided an update for all Taxi and Private Hire Operators in.
On March 23 the Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close..
These closures are now enforceable by law in England and Wales due to the threat to public health. A business operating in contravention of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020 will be committing an offence. Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines. As a further measure, and if needed, businesses that fail to comply could also face the loss of their alcohol license. The Environmental Health Team will investigate and reported breaches of this legislative requirement and take appropriate enforcement action as necessary. Further information can be found here.
Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on March 20. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Retail and public premises which are expected to remain open must:
Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants;
Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded; and;
Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.