Coronavirus - support for businesses

The Coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly changing situation and the District Council is closely monitoring the advice and updates from Government regarding support for businesses. The latest HM Treasury update can be found here.

The range of Government measures for businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic have been summarised by the District Council HERE.  

Small Business Grant Fund and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants

Businesses eligible for COVID-19 small business grants have been contacted and invited to reply to with their details to enable the Council to pay grants of either £10,000 or £25,000.   Eligible business ratepayers who have not yet replied to the Council are encouraged to contact the Revenues Team to discuss their claim.  PLEASE NOTE - A copy of the OFFICIAL letter sent to business ratepayers (which carries the DDDC logo) can be found here

The Government has announced that the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund are to close on 28 August 2020. Eligible business ratepayers must submit their grant claim before this date in order to be considered.

Business Rates

The District Council has also issued 100% rates discounts for 2020/21 to a long list of businesses, including properties mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs, cinemas, leisure, gyms, tourism, hotels and nurseries.

If, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, SME’s ineligible for Government grants and reliefs are struggling to make their normal business rates payments then please contact us and we will do what we can to assist by reviewing your instalment dates to defer payments until later in 2020/21. You can contact us by email at

Derbyshire Dales Discretionary Grant Fund - final call for applications

Applications are invited from eligible small and micro businesses in the Derbyshire Dales with high ongoing, fixed property-related costs struggling to survive due to the Coronavirus shut down but unable to access other Government COVID related grant schemes.

The available fund is limited and is to help certain small and micro businesses prioritised for support at the national and local level. The Fund has now been extended to include eligible small and micro businesses occupying business premises with a combined rateable value or annual rent below £101,000.

To support the phased re-opening of the economy, priority will be given to businesses required to close and unable to trade (to any extent) during the shutdown, specifically pubs and restaurants, hotels and caravan sites and local visitor attractions. Applications from other local small and micro businesses experiencing significant disruption due to COVID-19 will also be considered, with priority given to businesses in manufacturing and engineering.

Please note some types of business are not eligible to apply. Before applying businesses should read the detailed guidance which is available here.

The Government has announced that the Discretionary Grant Fund is to close on 28 August 2020. No further applications will be accepted after this date. The District Council reserves the right to close the call for applications before this date should sufficient eligible applications be received.

General enquiries

Please log your enquiry here and the Economic Development Team will respond.  Please note some enquiries may require clarification from the appropriate Government department.

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The District Council’s Appeals Procedure for Covid-19 Business Support Grants can be accessed here.

Working safely during COVID-19 – Guidance for Employers, Employees and the Self-Employed 

Government has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Read the guides here.  A summary of the advice can be found here.

Eat out to Help Out - register your business

If you run a restaurant, café or dining pub you can use the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme to offer a discount to encourage diners at your business. The 50% discount you offer (up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food and non-alcoholic drinks) can then be claimed back from the government. To register your business for the scheme see here.

Government advice for Retail outlets

Guidance for people whe run or work in shops, branches, stores or similar environments can be found here.  

Other Sources of Information and Advice

East Midlands Chamber  
see here for Coronavirus information 

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Business Peak District
Information can be found on the Business Peak District website here.  

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The D2N2 Growth Hub

The Growth Hub are putting on a series of webinars; Building Business Resilience Programme to help businesses through the Covid 19 crisis. Details can be found here

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Food safety

Covid-19 food safety information for food businesses