News & Guidance

National lockdown

On Monday 4th January the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. For businesses purposes this means people may leave home to go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home. For full details of the latest announcement and the updated guidelines please click here

As requirements are subject to change, please visit here for the most updated Government information and for business specific support details please click here. Hartlepool Borough Council’s dedicated Covid-19 support page is available here

Financial support for businesses

Hartlepool Borough Council have updated the Covid-19 Business Support Grants to reflect the national restrictions guidance. Please see a summary of the updates below:

  • Eligible businesses that have previously applied and are in receipt of Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) and Local Restrictions Grant (Open) the payments will continue and merge onto the new grant regime. Eligible closed businesses will also receive the new one-off National Restrictions Grant. There is no need to re-apply.
  • Businesses who consider themselves to be eligible and are yet to apply are urged to apply now (please click here)
  • For enquiries please contact the Business Rates Team at businessrates@hartlepool.gov.uk

Additional Restriction Grants

Hartlepool Borough Council have recently announced further business grant funding available from the Government. The additional restriction grants will be one-off fixed funding to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please see below the types of funding available: (For full details of the announcement and application form please click here)

  • Strand 1 – Support for non-rateable in person businesses: This element covers those businesses operating in person services and have been required to close or substantially close under national restrictions, but who have not been supported through the closed grant for ratepayers. Payment will be £934 per 28 day period.
  • Strand 2 – Support for businesses who supply retail, hospitality, accommodation and leisure: This element covers businesses that are components within the supply chain for the retail, hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors. Payment varies from £934 up to £2,100 per 28 day period depending on the rateable value.
  • Strand 3 – Support for larger supply chain businesses: This element supports larger supply chain businesses in order to retain jobs within the town. Businesses eligible under this strand should ordinarily employ more than 100 employees.

Additional UK Government business support measures:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/ Furlough Scheme Extension: The Chancellor has just announced the scheme will remain open the end of March 2021. Employees will receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. A review of the scheme will be made in January and for more details click here.
  • Self-Employment Income Support Grant Extension: The grant is being extended from 1st November 2020 to April 2021 this will be increased from the previously announced level of 40% of trading profits to 80%, more details here.
  • Wet-led grants for pubs: The Government recently announced the Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs Scheme which is being administrated by Hartlepool Borough Council. A one-off payment of £1,000 is available. The scheme will close on 29th December 2020 and final applications must be received no later than 31st January 2021. For eligibility details and the application form, please click here

Reporting single cases & managing outbreaks

Hartlepool businesses are encouraged to complete an online form and to access national action cards which detail actions your business can take to report cases, details are available here. Hartlepool Borough Council would strongly encourage businesses to contact Hartlepool Borough Council’s Public Protection Team for timely responses. The team can be contacted via telephone at (01429) 284024 or email public.protection@hartlepool.gov.uk for more information regarding single cases and outbreaks.