Business Rates and Business Support during Coronavirus

Updated 12/10/2020

We understand this is a very challenging time for Arun’s shops and businesses.

Preventing the spread of Covid-19 is everyone’s responsibility and the best way we can try and protect the health and economic wellbeing of our community.

We recommend you regularly visit the Government’s Business Support website for details of the latest financial support available.

To find out what financial support you may be entitled to, please use the Government’s Business Support Finder Tool.


Contact Us

Please get in touch by emailing and we will do our best to provide any advice and support you need.

Business Support during Coronavirus

On this page:

NHS Test and Trace
Businesses – Collecting customer, staff and visitor contact details
Working safely during Covid-19
Hospitality and catering businesses
Financial Support for Businesses and Individuals
Job Support Scheme
Kickstart Scheme​​​​​​​
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Bounce Back Loan 
VAT Deferral
Arun Business Partnership
Sussex by the Sea Tourism Business Centre
Health and Safety advice for Businesses


NHS Test and Trace

The free NHS Covid-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service and we are all recommended to download and use the NHS Covid-19 app.


Businesses – Collecting customer, staff and visitor contact details

Businesses and organisations must collect customer, visitor and staff contact details so that the NHS Test and Trace service can contact the necessary people if a coronavirus outbreak is identified at the venue.

From 24 September, businesses must display the official NHS QR code poster to make it easier for people to check in at different premises using the app.

Create a Coronavirus NHS QR Code and poster for your venue.


Working safely during Covid-19

Check out the Government website for information, advice and restrictions on how to make your workplace and business Covid secure.


Hospitality and catering businesses

Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, amusement arcades and other indoor leisure centres or facilities must be closed between 10pm and 5am.

Full details of the requirements for hospitality and catering businesses can be found on the Government’s website.


Financial Support for Businesses and Individuals

Use the Government’s Business Support Finder Tool to see what financial support you may be entitled to.


Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19.

The scheme opens on 1 November 2020.


Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

In Arun, Chichester College and Sussex Chamber of Commerce are acting as intermediary or “gateway” organisations to co-ordinate job placements and funding for local businesses and organisations.


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Details of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme can be found here.


 Bounce Back Loan 

The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.

The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.


Furlough Scheme Extended - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme has been extended until October 2020.

The package of measures to support businesses also includes: 

  • a statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

You can read more on the government's page: guidance to support businesses


VAT Deferral

The Government is deferring Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months. You can read more at the government's page: VAT Deferral


Arun Business Partnership

arun business partnership Arun Business Partnership has over 2,000 member companies who generate business and employment in and around Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Arundel and the wider Arun District area.Although regular networking meetings are not currently taking place because of the Coronavirus outbreak, regular electronic newsletters are being sent out to members.

The newsletters provide advice and signposting for advice and support that can help your business – especially at this difficult time.

Sign up for the ABP Newsletter

If you would like to receive the ABP newsletter, please contact Miriam Nicholls, Arun’s Business Development Manager.

Here to help

Arun’s Economic Regeneration team is here to help and support all the businesses in Arun District.

If you have any further questions or need advice or support during this difficult time, please do get in touch and we will do our best to help. Email us at:


Sussex by the Sea Tourism Business Centre

Alongside the Arun Business Partnership, Arun District Council provides business news and links specifically for the Tourism and Hospitality sector. Please see the regularly updated on the Council’s tourism website. 


Health and Safety advice for Businesses

Here you will find links and resources related to health and safety for businesses. 

Find advice on decontamination for businesses, where a possible or confirmed COVID-19 case has spent time while symptomatic.

Businesses can also download and print the government’s coronavirus posters to display within their work spaces.

The government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:

  • the coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting

Government Guidance link for Food Business Sectors -

Government Guidance for Food Businesses in re-opening and adapting during Covid-19

Southern Water Guidance Southern Water - Tips for Food Businesses - Closure and Reopen.pdf [pdf] 642KB  

Managing Legionella Risks in Buildings:

Guidance for food Businesses

Guidance for Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities

Guidance for food delivery and takeaway services

Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Food Standards Agency - reopening checklist for food businesses during Covid-19

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) - guidance for businesses reopening after Covid-19