We have sent letters to eligible businesses within the Carlisle area setting out how they can access government grants available for businesses affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Any business that has any concerns or has not received a letter, and thinks they are eligible, is asked to us contact us by calling 01228 817234 or emailing [email protected]
If any business is struggling to get to their business address to get hold of their mail, the council please send an email to [email protected]
Why has a letter been sent rather than having an online form?
We have followed government guidance regarding the business grants and to ensure that all eligible businesses access the grants as quickly as possible, we have targeted our approach rather than asking businesses to apply. The government has made it clear that this is not an application process and that councils should be proactively contacting businesses that could access the funding.
Why I have been sent a letter?
Within the letter, eligible businesses are asked to confirm some company details and send back the information electronically. We need this information to process the payment and to ensure that the funding goes to the right place. We want all eligible businesses to get access to the grants and don’t want any business to miss out.
When will I get the grant?
Once the necessary information has been received, we will aim to process the grants within five working days. The grant funding will be sent directly to your bank account (please be aware that the upcoming Bank Holidays may impact on when the funding is cleared in your account). We expect to be awarding over £30million in grants through this process.
What other funding support is available?
In addition to the grants, we have also sent nil balance bills to businesses that are eligible for business rate relief.
There are other grant and funding opportunities listed below.
We are searching out other funding opportunities and providing links to other schemes at www.carlisle.gov.uk/funding
We are working closely with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Cumbria Tourism and Carlisle Ambassadors to support local businesses.
We can support you with the following schemes:
Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
All retail businesses will not have to pay rates for 12 months. The categories were expanded and have been revised to include more eligible Retail, Hospitality and Leisure businesses.
Amended bills have been sent to confirm nil balances for all qualifying businesses for 2020/21.These will be sent to the business’s billing address.
Business Rates Holiday for Nurseries
100% Nursery business relief has been announced.
Amended bills have been sent to confirm nil balances for all qualifying businesses for 2020/21. These will be sent to the business’s billing address.
If you qualify for the business rate conditions, you may also be eligible for grant funding:
Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure (£10,000 or £25,000)
This is open to businesses that would have been eligible for a discount under the Expanded Retail Relief Scheme on 11 March 2020, with a rateable value below £51,000.
Eligible business will receive one grant, per hereditament. We will contact the eligible business that may qualify for payments from the grant funding. We will contact businesses via their business rates billing address.
Small Business Grant Funding (£10,000)
This is open to businesses receiving Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) on 11 March 2020, with a rateable value up to £15,000 or receiving Rural Rate Relief on 11 March 2020.
The following government funding schemes are also in place. The criteria and who to contact is included in each scheme:
Coronavirus COVID-19 Destination Management Resilience Scheme
A £1.3 million scheme has been announced by the Tourism Minister, Nigel Huddleston, which will provide financial support to Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) that are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is available to at-risk DMOs in England which usually receives at least 50% of its income from commercial sources, following a light touch application process.
The scheme will cover:
The government has also compiled some FAQs for businesses:
HM Revenue & Customs is running a series of webinars to help employers and their staff in addressing Coronavirus. These webinars will provide an overview of the support available for businesses and will include information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, refunding eligible Statutory Sick Pay costs, furloughed employees and more.
To sign up for the webinar and for further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19
If you want to talk to someone about how these schemes apply to your business you can contact the Government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice: 0300 456 3565 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.
HMRC have additional helplines, including one set up to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus on 0800 0159 559. You can find more details about contacting HMRC online.
There is also support for businesses from other organisations. Find out more here at https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/support-for-businesses-from-outside-of-government/
For information on other funding opportunities, please visit our funding webpage.
Many businesses have been asking how they can support with the response to Coronavirus. You can find more information and a form to get in touch here: https://bit.ly/3bzOfcD
Carlisle City Council provides a free Vacant Commercial sites (land and premises) search service.
The information is made available with the kind co -operation and help of property owners and commercial agents. The information on each property is based on material supplied by them and you should contact the owner or agent for further information in each case.
Carlisle Enterprise Centre
Carlisle Enterprise Centre is a well-established business complex that offers a range of space including offices, industrial units, catering units and storage space in a secure environment close to the city centre with private parking, 24 hour access, conference suite and meeting rooms. A five minute walk from the city centre and railway station, Carlisle Enterprise Centre gives new and existing businesses the best possible location.
The Council, through Property Services, provides new and small businesses with modern good quality business premises in convenient locations around the City Centre at Denton Holme, Hewson Street, James Street, Port Road and Carlisle Enterprise Centre.
For details of the Council's letting policy and current availability of units, please contact us on 01228 817423 or email [email protected]
Located in the heart of the city of Carlisle, The Lanes shopping centre attracts 11 million customers every year. As the dominant shopping destination in Cumbria it welcomes a broad mix of shoppers: local people, tourists and students, from a wide surrounding catchment area. The proximity to the M6 allows The Lanes to draw in shoppers from South West Scotland
The Council owns the freehold interest in The Lanes and shares in the rents received by the Tenants, CGU Life Assurance Limited (now CGNU).
Details of premises which are available to let in the Lanes Shopping Centre can be obtained on 0161 235 7677 or by visiting www.thelanesshopping.co.uk
The Council has a small portfolio of shops which it manages in the City Centre. For details of availability please contact the Property Services on 01228 817425 or email [email protected]