Last updated Wednesday 28 October 2020 3.35pm
Latest government guidance
Sheffield will move into 'very high' (tier 3) restrictions on Saturday 24 October. We are awaiting full information on further restrictions, closures and support for businesses.
We will update this page with that information as soon as we can. You can find out more about what very high restrictions mean on gov.uk.
We have prepared a guide to help businesses with the new Tier 3 restrictions (from 24 October). It will help you understand if your business needs to close or not and if your business remains open, how you must operate during the period of Tier 3 restrictions.
Please note that even if your business can remain open and operate it doesn’t automatically mean that it is always safe to do so. It is still your responsibility as the business or operator to undertake a thorough risk assessment and be confident that you can operate in a Covid secure way which genuinely mitigates the risk of CV19 infection.
We're working closely with our partners as the circumstances for the hospitality sector continue to change.
Sheffield moved into 'very high' restrictions on Saturday 24 October. We are reviewing and updating our guidance for hospitality business and will have a revised version available as soon as possible.
You should refer to the Tier 3 very high guide for businesses. The guide will help you understand if your business needs to close or not and, if your business remains open, how you must operate during the period of Tier 3 restrictions.
Local restrictions business support grant
If your business was trading as usual, but has had to close because of the new local restrictions, you may be able to apply for a grant.
The grant is available to:
- pubs, bars and licensed premises that do not serve substantial meals and have to close
- pubs, bars and licensed premises that have chosen to close even though they serve substantial meal
- casinos and betting shops
- adult gaming centres
- soft play centres
You are eligible for a loan if your business:
- is based in the UK
- and has a turnover of no more than £45 million per year
- and meets the British Business Bank eligibility criteria
To apply for a loan you should contact your business bank.
Helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
- no fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months
- loan terms up to 6 years
You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under CBILS and would like to transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan scheme, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020
The scheme ends on 30th November 2020.
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:
- 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
- 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)
Businesses entitled to a rate holiday are:
- any property in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector
- Ofsted registered nurseries
Many businesses will have no rates to pay in 2020/21
For those businesses with a charge to pay:
- we suspended direct debits from April to June
- direct debits began again on 1 July
- For payment advice contact BusinessRatesPayment@Sheffield.gov.uk
For business rates advice contact email@example.com.
The Job Support Scheme has been set-up to:
- protect viable jobs in businesses facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19
- help keep their employees attached to the workforce
The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.
How it works
The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked. The employee will keep their job.
The cost of hours not worked will be split between:
- the employer,
- the government (through wage support)
- and the employee (through a wage reduction)
The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap, with the employer also contributing a third.
This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped.
Employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Applications for the second round are open.
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
The end date for claims is on or before 19 October 2020.
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
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.