Support for Businesses

Chichester BID’s Response to Coronavirus

These are worrying times for businesses on the high street. However, we want to assure you that your BID Team is committed to keeping our Chichester levy payers as informed as possible and ensure you have the right tools to access any government support available to help during this time.

There’s no doubt that there are challenges ahead, but we’ll work with you to provide support however we can and ensure that the unique and vibrant character of Chichester’s high street survives this current situation.

With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from the government can change quickly. The information below is kept under regular review and is updated often. However, for the most up-to-date information please be sure to check the government website.

General Information

The Prime Minister has announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps. Full details can be found here.

Step 2, no earlier than 12 April. Non-essential retail, personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, will reopen.

Most outdoor attractions and settings, including zoos, and theme parks, will also reopen although wider social contact rules will apply in these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households. Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances will also be permitted.

Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen – but only for use by people on their own or with their household.

Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew – although customers must order, eat and drink while seated.

Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Step 3, no earlier than 17 May. Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.

Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen.. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – although we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.

Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower). In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

Step 4, no earlier than 21 June. It is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be removed. The government hope to reopen nightclubs, and lift restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3.

For the latest government coronavirus outbreak FAQs detailing what you can and can’t do please click here.

Face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England
Face coverings are currently mandatory in shops and supermarkets. Click here for further guidance.

Disposing of business waste (including PPE and face coverings)
Guidance on how to dispose of your personal or business waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic has been published here.

Read more about the government response to coronavirus here.

For advice on Coronavirus from Chichester District Council including support and information for businesses click here. 

For Chichester District Council’s general local service status click here.

Business Support Information

Support from Chichester District Council

Business Enabling Grant Scheme
The Enabling Grant Scheme has been launched to help small businesses in the district to access funding that will help them to grow and develop. The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus support available and offers three types of grant – one is for capital projects; another is for website and social media projects; and the third is for start-up businesses. To find out more please visit:

Restart Grant (from April 2021 onwards)
From 6 April 2021, non-essential businesses will be able to apply for new Government grants to help them reopen safely. The scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for non-essential hospitality, leisure, personal care and gym premises. All applications to this scheme must be received by 30 June 2021. For more information on these grants, please visit CDC’s Covid business grants page.

Additional Restrictions Grant (from 1 April 2021 onwards)
This funding is to assist businesses that have been affected by national restrictions but are not eligible for the Restart Grants. All applications to this scheme must be received by 30 June 2021. For more information on these grants, please visit CDC’s Covid business grants page.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum)
The Government announced on Monday 22 February 2021 that in order to continue support for non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses required to remain closed, a grant payment would be made for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021. Applications for this scheme must be received by 31 May 2021. For more information on these grants, please visit CDC’s Covid business grants page.

The Government’s budget announcement
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered his Budget to Parliament. This confirmed support for businesses through business rates reliefs, VAT reductions for tourism and hospitality, a VAT deferral scheme, a new loan guarantee scheme supporting businesses’ access to loans and overdrafts, Restart Grants and an additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding. More information can be found on the Government’s website.

Furlough Scheme Extended
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until September 2021 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. To find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (“furlough”) due to coronavirus click here.

New Style Employment and Support Allowance
You may be able to claim New Style Employment and Support Allowance with, or instead of Universal Credit, depending on your National Insurance record. Click here for more information.

Statutory Sick Pay
To check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus click here.

Tax Bills
For government information on what to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time due to coronavirus click here.

Government Support for Businesses
For an overview of all the government coronavirus support currently available to businesses please click here.

The government has set up a Coronavirus Business Support Finder Tool. This tool helps businesses and self-employed people quickly and easily find out what financial advice is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. You can access the tool here.

Government Advice: Working safely during coronavirus
For government guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic click here.

Managing risks and risk assessment at work
HSE also has advice on managing risk and carrying out risk assessments in the workplace including a risk assessment template and examples, click here to find out more.

Government guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways – click here.

Coronavirus: HSE working safely advice and helpline
If you need help and advice on how to protect people from coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace, you can find useful information including a helpline on the HSE website here.

Advice for small businesses and the self employed
For advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed from Federation of Small Businesses click here.

Government Kickstart Scheme
A new £2 billion scheme will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up. Click here to find out more.

Useful information for businesses from Chichester District Council

BID Levy Enquires
For all BID Levy enquiries please contact Chichester District Council.

Covid Ambassador Service
The Covid Ambassador Service has been extended until 21 June. Covid Ambassadors will be on hand in areas of high footfall, such as tourist hot spots, and in the high streets to greet people as they visit shops and businesses, helping to control queues and encouraging social distancing. You can find out more here.

Other Useful Links

Citizens Advice Bureau
General advice on how to get help, help for vulnerable people, going to work, paying your bills etc…

Find information from Citizens Advice including what to do if coronavirus affects your work here.

Chichester City Council: Chichester Community Development Trust
Chichester District Council is putting a number of measures in place to help the community in Chichester throughout the coronavirus pandemic. To find out more about food deliveries, the new online community platform and also information on volunteering to help click here.

Contact Us

We have been constantly monitoring the ongoing situation and have been in regular contact with the BID’s Board as well as Chichester District Council. We will continue to respond to businesses as quickly as possible and provide answers where we can.

Please do get in touch on 01243 773263 or email [email protected] if there is anything we can do to help at this time. If you would like to discuss the business support available to you, you can book a one-to-one appointment with our Client Relationships Manager, Mandy Medhurst, please email [email protected].