Advice for businesses and the self-employed

Further business grant support is available for businesses, with applications currently open, please remember to add supporting documents to your application, further details for the scheme are below:

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

This Relief Fund helps businesses pay their business rates to offset the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Councils are responsible for designing this discretionary relief schemes, please refer to our scheme.

To qualify for CARF, government guidelines explain councils must not award relief to ratepayers who, for the same period of the relief (1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022), would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount or Nursery Discount and must not award relief to business premises when it is unoccupied.

If you believe your business is eligible, please complete our application.

Hardship relief

If your business does not qualify for financial support and is affected by Covid-19, we do have the discretion to give hardship relief. Please complete our application form.

Businesses support finder

The government's online platform can help businesses easily access the financial support they are eligible for during the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants and by filling out a simple questionnaire, the business support finder will signpost business owners and the self-employed to relevant government financial support.

Business support from Coast to Capital’s Growth Hub 

Coast to Capital Growth Hub advisers are available to businesses for initial telephone discussions and signposting for specialist financial advice. Businesses should contact the Coast to Capital Growth Hub via e-mail or visit their Business Support page. Find out more about Coast to Capital's operational response.

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub is currently recruiting to the Peer Network Programme, which is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The network provides a small group of business leaders who can learn, share and grow from each other in a confidential environment.

Coast to Capital is also running a programme to support residents of the Coast to Capital area to help them become ready to look for employment or re-enter the job market. Details of the Making a Difference programme is available on Coast to Capital’s website.

Business advice

The following advice is available to businesses: