Business Support during Coronavirus


Updated 02/12/20


We understand this is a very challenging time for Arun’s shops and businesses but financial assistance may be available to help.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.


From 2 December 2020 the government has introduced a tiered system of restrictions. Regions will be categorised according to risk, into three distinct tiers:


The government has announced that from 2 December Arun District will be categorised as a Tier 2 region.

Government Guidance on Local Restriction Tiers

Tier 2: High alert:  Tier 2 information poster.pdf [pdf] 556KB

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of  infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes  or stonesettings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list


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:

Financial Support for Businesses
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Extension
Government COVID-19 Business Support webpages
Government Business Support Finder tool
Extension to Furlough Scheme to March 2021 - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Bounce Back Loan
VAT Deferral
Arun Business Partnership
Working safely during Covid-19
Health and Safety advice for Businesses
Kickstart Scheme
NHS Test and Trace
Sussex by the Sea Tourism Business Centre


Financial Support for Businesses

The application process for the National Restriction Grant is now open;

It is important that all applicants read the guidelines before completing their application.

All applications must be made online at No other form of application will be considered.

Additional Restrictions Grants can be applied for up until 13 December 2020 (inclusive). After this date funding will be reviewed.

If you are not eligible for either of these grants, there may be still help available from Community Foundations and other organisations.


When applying you will need your Property Reference Number. This can be found here: Find a property - Valuation Office Agency - GOV.UK (

The Government has confirmed additional COVID-19 emergency funding to Arun District Council for a Local Restriction Support Grants programme. The funding is aimed at supporting any business which has been subjected to lockdown closures and who has a rateable property. The government guidelines are at:

The guidelines of those subject to closure are at:

The criteria is summarised below.

Businesses should carefully check before applying they meet the eligibility criteria. All applications will be assessed in accordance with the evaluation criteria below.

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • Businesses are only eligible if subject to national lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government from the 5th November 2020.
  • An applicant can apply despite receiving other grants although this may be considered in any award decision.
  • An applicant must be a liable business for occupied rates in the Arun district.
  • An applicant must be a business trading successfully on or before 5th November 2020
  • Businesses in administration or which are insolvent are not eligible to apply, neither are businesses where a “striking off” notice has been made.
  • Businesses must provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application, as set out in the online form.
  • Any grant award is subject to due diligence checks, including State Aid compliance.

Timings and process for awarding grants

  • Arun DC Revenues team will check applications (in collaboration with the Economic Development and the Communities Team) for eligibility and evaluate applications then shortlist businesses recommended for a grant
  • Arun DC Revenues team will carry out due diligence checks on the shortlisted applicants
  • Delegated named  officers will make the grant awards. The Council will email them the outcome, either with a remittance advice or by email advising of the outcome
  • Subject to the above, Arun DC Finance team will then process grant payments to successful applicants
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible.


Grant Payment Levels and Criteria

When awarding business grants to successful applicants Arun District Council will adhere to the following criteria when determining the maximum amount of grant to allocate to a business.

Grant Payment Levels and Criteria
Category Maximum amount per 4 weeks per 2 weeks
Rateable Value or ongoing property costs up to £15K per annum £1,334 £667
Rateable Value or ongoing property costs between £15,001 and £51,000 per annum £2,000 £1,000
Rateable Value or ongoing property costs of over £51,000 and exceptional circumstances £3,000 £1,500

Please note:

  • if the business is continuing to run a click and collect service this may still qualify for a grant.
  • There is no upper limit to the rateable value on this grant

Please put as much information as you can in your online application.

Please note that this payment is for the initial lockdown of 4 weeks. If the national lockdown is extended you will be able to apply for further payments.

Full details of the Additional Restrictions Discretionary Scheme can be found here:  West Sussex ARG Discretionary Grant Scheme - V4.docx [docx] 40KB

If you have questions about Local Restriction Support Grants, please contact

If your question is with regards to Additional Restrictions Grants, please contact


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Extension 

Government COVID-19 Business Support webpages 

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


Extension to Furlough Scheme to March 2021 - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme has been extended until March 2021 You can read this story here: Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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


 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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.