Coronavirus Support for businesses
We have put in place a series of financial measures to help residents and businesses impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak.
We have postponed debt recovery action for anyone in council tax or business rates arrears, as part of the support we are offering people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are also supporting access to government support.
The UK Government has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
An online guide is available at www.businesssupport.gov.uk/
Businesses can also get advice and assistance from Cumbria Tourism, the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.
Carlisle City Council is working closely with Carlisle Ambassadors to support businesses. Carlisle Ambassadors will be reaching out to businesses with regular updates and virtual business advice meetings via Zoom for their members. Any business can sign up for the newsletter via this link https://www.carlisleambassadors.co.uk/the-ambassadors/newsletter-signup
A mentoring programme is also being started up through the Carlisle Ambassador network, for access to support or become a mentor for this programme, follow this link https://www.carlisleambassadors.co.uk/projects/business-support-programme/mentor-application
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 will be 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 will be 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 up to £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.
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.
The following government funding schemes are also in place. The criteria and who to contact is included in each scheme:
The government has also compiled some FAQs for businesses:
Other sources of support:
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.
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]