Covid-19 Guidance

Covid-19 Guidance D2N2 Growth Hub

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The D2N2 Growth Hub continues to review and update this page with the most relevant links and information available for financial support and advice for businesses.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Delivered by Lenders Accredited by The British Business Bank, the BBLS targets small and micro businesses in all sectors, providing loans from £2k up to 25% of the business’ turnover with a maximum loan of £50k.

The BBLS enables businesses to obtain a six-year term loan at a government set interest rate of 2.5% per year. The government will cover interest payable in the first year.

  • 100% Guarantee: The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed, full guarantee (100%) against the outstanding facility balance, both capital and interest.
    The borrower remains 100% liable for the debt.

  • No Principal Repayments for first 12 months: Borrowers will not have to begin principal repayments for the first 12 months, thereafter capital will be repaid on a straight line basis.

  • No Guarantee fee for Businesses or Lenders to Access the Scheme.

  • Finance Terms: The length of the loan is for six years but early repayments are allowed, without early repayment fees.

  • No Personal Guarantees: No personal guarantees are allowed, and no recovery action can be taken over a principal private residence or principal private vehicle.

*Please direct any questions about the scheme to the lenders, not the British Business Bank.

Factsheet for SMEs

Click Here to read more on BBLS


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This scheme has been extended from the original first grant closing date of 25th May.

SEISS will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by Covid-19.

  • This scheme can provide a grant worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits. This will be paid out in a single installment covering 3 months, capped at £6,570 in total.

  • The grant does not need to be repaid but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance.

  • Payments will be made to those who apply on time by the 19th October.

For FAQs and how to apply, click here.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers designed to support employers whose operations have been severley affected by Covid-19.

  • This scheme covers the period from 1st March to 31st October. Employers can use this scheme any time during this period.

  • The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19th March.

  • Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of Covid-19.

  • From 1st August, you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your furloughed employees’ wages. Find out more information on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.

Check the FAQs here

Click Here for Further Information, Eligibility Criteria and How to Apply 

Job Retention Bonus

This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31st January 2021. This bonus will provide additional support for employers to retain employees.

To be eligible, employees will need to:

  • Earn at least £520 per month (above the Lower Earnings Limit) on average for November, December and January.

  • Have been furloughed at any point and legitimately claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

  • Have been continuously employed up until at least 31st January 2021.

Employers will be able to claim the bonus from February 2021 once accurate RTI data to 31st January has been received.

More information is available here


Local Authority Business Grants

Local authorities have updated their websites with how they can support businesses and deliver the below schemes and grants available. 

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)

Contact your Local Authority for details on the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF). Supporting small and rural businesses in England with their business costs during coronavirus.

  • Small businesses in England which pay little or no business rates are entitled to a one-off cash grant of £10k from their local council.

Find out more, here

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

Contact your Local Authority for details on the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). This fund will support businesses in this sector with their business costs during coronavirus.

  • Businesses in England in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £25k from their local council.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15k or under, you may be eligible for a grant of £10k.

  • If your business has a property that has a rateable value of over £15k but less than £51k, you may be eligible for a grant of £25k.

Find out more, here

Discretionary Grant Fund

The Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund has been set up to accommodate certain small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.

  • Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme.

  • If eligible, you can get a grant of £25k, £10k or any amount under £10k.

  • Local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need. The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of all local authorities.

  • To qualify, businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and must be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Closing dates for the discretionary grant may vary. Please check details on individual local authority websites.

Click Here for Eligibility Criteria and How to Apply


Find Your Local Authority

Click on your local authority below to find out about Business Support, Business Rate Relief Grants and other Discretionary Grants available. If you are unsure which local authority you are in, click here.


Amber Valley Borough Council


  Derby City Council        


Newark and Sherwood District Council

Ashfield District Council


Derbyshire Dales District Council


North East Derbyshire District Council

Bassetlaw District Council


Erewash Borough Council


Nottingham City Council

Bolsover District Council



Gedling Borough Council


Rushcliffe Borough Council

Broxtowe Borough Council


High Peak Borough Council


South Derbyshire District Council

Chesterfield Borough Council


Mansfield District Council





Redeployment Triage Service

The Redeployment Triage Service, administered by Futures who are the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands, will match those recently made redundant with new work in sectors experiencing a surge in employment demand such as food retail, care, and distribution.

The service also engages with employers needing to make redundancies to ensure a smooth transition for employees into new work.

This information is for all businesses and employers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are having to make changes to their workforce as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more about this service from the D2N2 LEP

Please follow the advice below to ensure we can support your employees during this time.

Redundancy Information

If you have already made employees redundant or are about to make up to five employees redundant, please refer those individuals for direct support to Futures, the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands:

Email: or call 0800 9179419

If you are planning to make larger-scale redundancies (five or more) additional support is also available for you as an employer and your employees.

In these circumstances, please use the same contact details above, but ensure your message includes:

  • Notification of redundancies at scale

  • Number and job roles affected

  • Last day of work for affected individuals (if known)

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy

Recruitment Information

If you are seeking to fill urgent vacancies, short or long term, to meet changes to your business as a result of Covid-19, we can help connect you with individuals who are immediately available.

Please register your vacancies with:

John Blankley
(Senior Employment Support Adviser at Futures) or 0800 0858520

Please have the following information available when registering your vacancies:

  • Nature of work

  • Number of vacancies (can be approximate)

  • Necessary or desirable skills requirement

  • Location of vacancies

  • Any current recruitment routes being used


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), is designed to support businesses that are viable but unable to obtain finance due to having insufficient security to meet the lender’s normal requirements.

  • Supporting businesses with a turnover of up to £45m

  • Delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the Government-owned British Business Bank.

  • Multiple accredited lenders are able to offer the scheme, including all major banks.

  • The Scheme supports business loans and overdrafts of up to £5m in value by providing a guarantee to the lender.

  • The Government will not charge businesses for this guarantee, this scheme will also cover asset finance and invoice finance.

Find out more about CBILS

Apply for CBILS here

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) provides financial support to larger businesses affected by Covid-19.

  • This scheme helps medium and large sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £200m.
  • Providing facilities of up to £25m for businesses with a turnover from £45m up to £250m, and facilities of up to £50m.
  • For businesses with a turnover of more than £250m who are suffering disruption to their cashflow due to lost or deferred revenues during the Covid-19 outbreak.

For more detail please see the CLBILS Factsheet.or Read more, here


The Future Fund

Supporting innovative UK businesses with good potential that are essential in ensuring the UK retains its world leading position in science, innovation and technology.

  • These companies typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19.

  • Developed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank, the Future Fund will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential.

  • The fund operates on a commercial basis to deliver an initial commitment of £250m of new government funding.

  • Applications are submitted via an online platform.

To read about eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here.


Eat Out to Help Out

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

You can register if your establishment:

  • Sells food for immediate consumption on the premises

  • Provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals

  • Was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7th July.

The scheme is available all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3rd to 31st August 2020.

Posters, images and other promotional materials for use by establishments who are taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme are available here.

Register your Establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme


Further Advice, Guidance and Support

Universal Credit


Building Business Resilience


Covid-19 Safe


Sector Specific Guidance


Support from HMRC and Companies House


How Can Your Business Help?

If your business is able to offer support or if you are interested in finding out ways that your business can help with the Covid-19 crisis, please use the following service, here: Offer Coronavirus Support From Your Business

  • Share Your Covid-19 Safety Measures

Some businesses are more ahead than others with safety measures for returning to work, and as such, we want to encourage those businesses that have put measures in place to share them with us and other D2N2 businesses who need more guidance and support in doing so.

We are asking all businesses who have measures in place to create a short video (approx. 3 mins) for us to share with companies in need, as well as promoting your brand and business.

All video submissions will be reviewed and shared within the D2N2 network.

For more details or if you want to submit a short video, please email us: with the subject line 'Share Your Covid-19 Safety Measures video'.



Webinar Programme

We have now postponed all of our face to face Growth Hub events until January 2021. We are constantly reviewing this on an ongoing basis, and will update accordingly.

We have a range of diverse, live webinars available for you to attend from the comfort of your own home office.

To book onto a webinar or to find out about upcoming webinars available, Visit our Events Page


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