covid-19 local business support

The COVID-19 pandemic and measures implemented to control it's spread continue to have an unprecedented impact on our community and businesses. There is a range of support available for local businesses; from Government Support schemes, working safely resources, and free addition to and promotion via Sudbury's Virtual High Street.

Please get in touch with Rachel Price, Town Centre Manager if you have any questions about support available.


The Government has announced a further scheme to help businesses who must close due to a local or new national lockdown. Eligible businesses in Sudbury can now apply on Babergh Disctrict Council's website (link below).

A business or individual can apply for a grant of £1,334 - £3,000 if:
• They are liable to pay Business Rates
• Their business is closed following the implementation the new national restrictions on 5th November 2020
• The business was trading immediately before the restrictions came into force.


New national restrictions came into effect on 5 November 2020 and require that non-essential businesses must close for a period of 4 weeks. Please see guidance on UK Gov website below. Everyone must follow the new National Restriction guidelines - download the information poster for details.


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During the first lockdown in April 2020 Sudbury Town Council launched Sudbury's Virtual High Street to encourage residents to shop local from home during lockdown. The initiative has proved a success with over 1500 weekly visitors to the platform and more residents discovering , supporting and shopping local online.

Following support from Babergh District Council, Sudbury's Virtual High Street has now re-launched with added functionality including an inbuilt e-commerce platform. Get in touch for more information on adding your business for FREE.

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