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Financial support archive

This is a summary page of all previous financial support offerings which have now closed to applications, or have been withdrawn. This includes loans, grants and rate relief.

Business grants


Business loans

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Interruption Loan Scheme – businesses applied for a loan of up to £5 million. The government covered up to 80% of any losses with no fees. The government covered the first 12 months of interest payments. 

Small Business Bounce Back Loan Scheme – Businesses could borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and could access the cash within days. Loans were interest free for the first 12 months.

Rate relief

A discount of 100% was extended to all businesses in the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sector, regardless of Rateable Value, for the year 2020/21. 

Businesses were eligible if the business was a:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or live music venue
  • assembly or leisure property - for example, a sports club, a gym or a spa
  • hospitality property - for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation.

Further guidance on business rate relief can be found here.