covid-19 local business support

april 2021 - new grant schemes announced

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*All businesses must a submit an application form for the Covid-19 business and restart grants even if they have previously applied for and received a grant. This is due to additional information required by Government. 

There are currently several different Government support grants available and open for businesses in Babergh:

  • Government Restart Grant - Deadline 30 June

  • Discretionary Restart Grant - Deadline 13 June

  • Local Restriction Support Grant - Deadline 31 May

  • Additional Restrictions Grant - Deadline 31 May


In the recent Budget the Chancellor announced the new Restart Grant scheme which replaces the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme. This scheme lunched on 1 April 2021 and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the sectors below;


Non-essential retail, Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, 

Personal care, Gym & Sport

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discretionary RESTART GRANT

The Discretionary Restart Grant is now open to businesses unable to access the Government Restart Grant, but who may have costs associated with reopening their business or to resume trading at pre-Covid levels following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

The grant will be a one-off payment that will consider the size of business, permitted opening dates,  anticipated costs and the impact of Covid on the business.

Local Restriction Support Grant (closed) Addendum

This is for businesses in rated premises, mandated to close during the national lockdown restrictions between 16 February to 31 March 2021.

This includes businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors.  A full list of businesses that were mandated to close during national lockdown can be viewed on the government's website.

If you have not applied for any COVID-19 business support grants you must complete an application form.

Additional Restrictions 

Grant (ARG) - phase 2

The ARG is a discretionary grant which is open for businesses who do not pay business rates but have been severely financial impacted by National Lockdown restrictions between 5 January – 31 March 2021.

These businesses may include mobile businesses, market traders and those in shared premises.

Businesses without a rateable value who can demonstrate significant financial impact, may be eligible for a grant payment. Find out more about the criteria and eligibility read the policy for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

enquiries & guidance

If you have any questions about these COVID-19 business support grants or the application process please call 01473 296444 or email Babergh's Economic Development team

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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 and discover local from home during COVID-19 restrictions. The initiative has been well received with over 1000 weekly visitors to the platform and more residents discovering, supporting and shopping local online.

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.

'roadmap' out of lockdown announced

On 22 Febrauary Boris Johnson announced the government roadmap that outlines how lockdown restrictions will be eased in England. The roadmap is in four steps. Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.

This assessment will be based on four tests outline within the full roadmap document below.


Led by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and delivered in partnership with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia Growth Hub can help your business access a range of business support services from hundreds of sources.


The hub’s service is FREE and IMPARTIAL and can help you access grants, finance, start-up support, international trade support and other specialist advice – all from a single point of contact.

Take a look at New Anglia Growth Hub's comprehensive guide to funding opportunities available to businesses during COVID-19 restrictions.