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Page last updated: 2:36PM 10 June 2021


Latest government guidance

The Government’s roadmap to exit lockdown began on 8 March 2021. There were changes to restrictions on 12 April.

Find out how your business will be affected, if you should remain closed and what you need to do if you stay open from the government's website.


Reopening guide for businesses

Our reopening guide contains links to government guidance, handy checklists and other information that business may find useful as they reopen. It covers businesses that are permitted to open from 12 April and from 17 May 2021. It will be updated regularly.


Coronavirus resources

We've created a range of resources to help you reopen your business safely, including posters, checklists and how to make QR codes.



Outdoor hospitality grant

The Outdoor Hospitality Grant is for businesses that can evidence: 

  1. they are in occupation and trading from commercial premises
  2. are majority business to consumer trade
  3. have an Outdoor Hospitality Offer either existing or planned

The business must have incurred costs associated with adapting their business to increase capacity for outdoor hospitality after 22 February 2021.


The business must be planning to incur costs associated with adapting their business to increase capacity for outdoor hospitality. This spend must be completed by 21 June 2021.


Restart Grant

The Restart grant is for businesses that:

  • were trading on 1 April 2021 
  • have fixed property costs (rent or RV)
  • have been forced to close under the government restrictions
  • and have not already received a lockdown grant

If you have already received a lockdown grant

Do not apply. We will pay your Restart Grant automatically to you.

How to apply:

Businesses that have received a Restart Grant

Businesses have been sent an email asking them to provide either their Company Number or their Unique Tax Reference number. This is because the Government, who have funded the Restart Grant payments, require all businesses that received this grant to provide this information.

If you have any queries about the information you have been asked to provide, please email businesslockdowngrant@sheffield.gov.uk.


Lockdown Business Support Grant (rate payers)

Personal care businesses - restart grant payments

If you have already been paid a restart grant of less than £8,000 email businesslockdowngrant@sheffield.gov.uk

A grant for businesses:

  • registered for business rates
  • forced to close under tier 3 restrictions or national lockdown


Discretionary Lockdown Business Support Grant (non rate payers)

A grant for businesses:

  • not registered for business rates 
  • forced to close under tier 3 restrictions or national lockdown



Recovery Loan Scheme

The scheme helps businesses access loans and finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period.

You can view eligibility criteria, find a lender and apply on the gov.uk website.

Rent relief for council business and community tenants

Rent relief is only available for non-residential council tenants. If you are not a council tenant please do not contact us.

We're providing the following support for council business renters during the pandemic:

Arrears enforcement

  • we have suspended enforcement action for arrears under 90 days until 23 August 2020


Action is delegated to the Chief Property Officer on a case by case basis for:

  • Ground rents, 
  • Agricultural rents, 
  • Telecoms rents and payments
  • and any other property type not covered above

Service charges

  • will be reduced for tenants where possible to reflect reduced costs of operating buildings (eg due to business closures)
  • service charges need to be paid in full unless a deferral is specifically authorised by the Chief Property Officer

We will assess each application on an individual basis, taking into account:

  • the type of business and its circumstances
  • whether it has been told to close by the Government
  • if it is affected by any general restrictions on businesses or movement.

Council tenants of commercial retail, food and beverage and leisure premises

  • Rents & Service Charges will be deferred until 29 September 2020 (ie the June quarter for rent)
  • all deferrals will be subject to application and assessment

Council tenants of commercial industrial, office and workshop premises

  • rent and service charges can be deferred until 29 September 2020 (ie the June quarter for rent)
  • all deferrals will be subject to application and assessment

Voluntary/community groups on leases, tenancies or licences with the council

  •  a further period of rent suspension to 29 September 2020 (ie the June quarter for rent)


Support measures

Business rates holiday

The issuing of Business Rates bills for 2021/22 is delayed based on advice from Government. This follows announcements in the Chancellor’s Budget speech regarding the extension of business rates relief for certain types of businesses into 2021/22.

Details on when bills be issued and the impact that the announcements will have on businesses in Sheffield will be given once we have further information from Government on the relief extension. 

For business rates advice contact business.rates@sheffield.gov.uk.


Charities support

The Charity Commission has produced advice for the charity sector.

Applications to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund are now closed but the National Lottery Community Fund is continuing to fund projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Income tax deferral

Income tax self-assessment payments due on 31 July 2020 have been deferred until 31 Jan 2021


Self-employed people

You may be able to claim against the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme if you:

  • are self employed or a member of a partnership
  • and adversely affected by covid-19 on or after 14 July 2020

There are two rounds of grants available to cover:

  • November 2020 to January 2021
  • February 2021 to April 2021

You will be able to apply for from 30 November 2020.


Statutory Sick Pay relief

Changes have been made to Statutory Sick Pay so that people suffering from coronavirus can take the necessary time off to stay at home or to prevent it's spread:

  • employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for employees unable to work because of coronavirus
  • this refund will be for up to 2 weeks per employee


VAT deferral scheme

The VAT payments deferral scheme ended on 30 June 2020.

Businesses who deferred VAT due between 20 March and 20 June can now opt-in to:

  • pay in smaller payments over a longer period
  • take up to end of March 2022 to pay in full

Those that can pay their deferred VAT can do so by 31 March 2021.

If you are still unable to pay the VAT due and need more time contact the HMRC Coronavirus helpline on 0300 200 3835.

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