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Published on 20 March 2020

Business support

UPDATE:

We are providing grants for new and growing small-medium businesses looking to occupy vacant space in Carlisle City Centre.

To apply for the grant, please complete an application form and return to us at [email protected], by post to City Centre Business Growth Grant Team, Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG with all the relevant documents required for a full application. This grant will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Find out more about the Carlisle City Centre Business Growth Grants below.

 

We are working closely with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Cumbria Tourism and Carlisle Ambassadors to support local businesses.

 

Carlisle City Centre Business Growth Grants

We are providing grants for new and growing small-medium businesses looking to occupy vacant space in Carlisle City Centre.

We recognise that in order to support Carlisle and its city centre through the recovery phase, businesses and organisations need the confidence to invest in the city centre again. This fund will support our city centre through these challenging times, reducing vacancy rates and encouraging investment and growth.

This grant fund will provide up to £2,500 (£5,000 for particularly strong cases) for businesses occupying vacant space in Carlisle City Centre. The award of the grant is subject to an appraisal process. This is a discretionary grant, and the decision to award a grant is entirely at the Council’s discretion.

The grant may be used for capital expenditure relating to:

  • Physical improvements to the premise, including improvements to the frontage of the building and signage - subject to the relevant planning permission being secured.
  • To provide equipment essential for the operation of the business.

 

Eligibility

Criteria for businesses - in order to qualify for this grant, businesses must fall into one of the following categories:  

  • A new start-up beginning trading in Carlisle City Centre.
  • An SME/microbusiness re-locating to Carlisle city centre from outside the district or opening a new branch in Carlisle.
  • Existing SME/Microbusiness currently trading in Carlisle City Centre, demonstrating growth, expanding to a larger premise or significantly diversifying their business model to run more sustainably.

Criteria for the premise - In order to qualify for this grant, businesses must demonstrate that the property they are looking to trade form meets all of the following criteria:

Must be vacant or have vacant ground floor space in it which the applicant business will occupy. This includes businesses who have begun renovating a vacant space but have not started trading.

  • Must be held by the applicant by a minimum of a 2-year lease.
  • Must be brought into use by the applicant business.
  • Must be in the area of Carlisle City Centre.

To apply for the grant, please complete an application form and return to us at [email protected], by post to City Centre Business Growth Grant Team, Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG with all the relevant documents required for a full application. This grant will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please read our policy in full before applying.

Documents to download:

These documents may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use

Evidence

Please see what evidence we need from you:

Payment details

Evidence Required: Copy of bank statement clearly showing name, address, sort code and account number.

Comment: This must match the name of the business or individual listed on the business rates bill or

Lease/mortgage agreement

Evidence of your right to occupy the premise you are applying from

Evidence Required: You will need to provide a copy of your current lease agreement or title deeds/ mortgage statement if you own the property.

Evidence that your business/project is viable

Evidence Required: Please submit a 12-month cashflow forecast and business plan, if available.

Comment: We recognise that businesses may not have all the required information, however we do require some evidence that shows your business/project is viable before we can realise public funds. If you do not have the relevant documents, please return a similar document that is relevant

Evidence of how you will use the money

Evidence Required: Please submit quotes of works from a professional company at a minimum for work that will be undertaken with support from the grant fund. We require a minimum of three quotes per project.

Comment: We need clear evidence that the fund will be used properly and in line with the guidance provided above. If there is any doubt around how the fund

 

Additional Restrictions Grant: Local Recovery Grant from April 2021

We have now received the top up ARG funding from government and have been able to pay the majority of eligible grant applications received for the Local Recovery Grant (ARG).

We still have some funding available and opened a second round of applications on Monday 12 July - this closed at 2pm on Monday 19 July. 

This grant scheme is now closed, and we are not able to take any new applications.

 

Restart Grants

The one off grant was payable to non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses, that are in the Rating list and were trading on 1 April 2021.

Those businesses that received payments under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) received automatic payments, if they qualified.

The scheme is now closed.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) application

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Premises) was for businesses that were required to close under restrictions imposed. 

Support for LRSG (Closed) has now ended.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

The grant was for business which were severely impacted by the Tier 2 Restrictions but not required to close. This scheme focused on supporting hospitality, accommodation and leisure/events businesses in line with Government guidance.

This grant scheme is now closed, and we are not able to take any new applications.

 

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support payment was a single one-off payment of £1,000 for wet-led pubs. This grant scheme has now ended.

 

One off top-up grants for closed retail, leisure and hospitality sectors

The one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses have now ended.

 

EU Transition

A deal with the EU has been reached and businesses should take action to ensure that their business operations can run smoothly as new rules apply. Businesses should prioritise taking any actions as soon as possible in the new year. 

The links below provide more information to support business:

  • Use the Brexit checker tool for a personalised list of actions.
  • Sign up here for business readiness bulletins to receive important updates for your business.
  • If you move goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, check the latest Northern Ireland Protocol guidance here.
  • For guidance on Rules of Origin see here
  • For details of the new arrangements for hiring workers from the EU see here.
  • For travelling to Europe check here and for passports here.
  • For Data Protection and Data Flows check here.
  • UK Government information
  • Cumbria Chamber of Commerce's Brexit Toolkit
  • Cumbria LEP

Government guidance 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses:

For guidance and support visit this website.

Stay up to date with GOV.UK

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Funding support

For funding opportunities visit www.carlisle.gov.uk/funding 

We are providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes. Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business. Visit the portal here.

The government’s ‘support finder’ tool helps businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. The link is here.

 

NHS Test and Trace

Venues such as pubs, restaurants, hair salons and cinemas are now required by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The NHS COVID-19 app launched on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check-in at venues.

Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will also be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace.

Businesses are now required to display official NHS QR code posters so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

Businesses can download the QR codes here - to display as posters in premises.

Using the COVID-19 app, customers and visitors in England are now able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

Services included in the new legal requirements are:

  • Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés.

  • Tourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks.

  • Close contact services, including hairdressers *facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events), libraries and children’s centres.

For further details on the announcement please click here and for guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace click here.

The government has also prepared a bank of resources. Click here to view these.

The full list of business settings is listed here.

 

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