This continues to be a difficult time for workers and businesses in the borough. Lambeth council are continuing to do all in our power to help you through this, especially during this challenging second lockdown.
We are currently working to develop the mechanisms to ensure our businesses who have been forced to close can benefit from the Government’s new Local Restrictions Support Grant. We are also working on discretionary funding as part of the Additional Restrictions Grant.
This builds on Lambeth’s Local Economy Support Package which we announced as the pandemic began, giving rent relief to over 300 of our commercial tenants, making over £50m of grant payments, and freezing commercial waste payments for businesses forced to close.
We’re determined to keep Lambeth’s business community vibrant and resilient, by being on the side of our local businesses their employees and those who are self-employed and will update this page as soon as new information becomes available.
How we’re responding as a council
We have launched a comprehensive economic package to help businesses, voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and the borough’s residents cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Local Economy Support Package is designed to offer relief and certainty at a time of unprecedented change.
To find out about the support available click on the drop-down tabs below.
If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply now: Local Restrictions Support Grant
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme applies to businesses that are legally required to close under the second national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020.
Eligible businesses include:
- non-essential retail (clothing stores, homeware stores, tobacco/vape shops; electronic goods and mobile phone shops; charity shops; photography studios; antique stores; markets; car and other vehicle showrooms; car washes; auction houses)
- hospitality (restaurants; pubs; bars; cafes; social clubs; members’ clubs)
- accommodation (hotels; hostels; B&Bs)
- personal care facilities (hair and beauty salons; tattoo parlours; spas; massage centres; tanning salons)
- entertainment and tourism (nightclubs; bingo halls; casinos; betting shops; indoor games; cinemas; theatres; museums)
- leisure (gyms; golf courses; sports courts; dance studios)
Businesses that can continue operating because they can operate effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors) are not eligible, nor are businesses that are not legally required to close but have chosen to close.
Grant awards are determined on the rateable value of eligible properties:
- Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or will receive a £1,334 grant
- Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a £2,000 grant
- Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive a £3,000 grant
You can check the rateable value of your property on your business rates bill.
Table and chairs license
A pavement licence is a temporary measure to allow you to place removable furniture on the pavement outside your business in order to sell or serve food or drink, or to be used by people for the consumption of food or drink.
Risk assessments and reopening
Local Economy Hardship Fund and Government Grants
The Government's Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and Small Business Grant Fund are now closed. For more information on current Government grants, please see the first section of this page.
Business rates relief and grants
Amended bills detailing the 100% Retail Rate Relief were issued on Friday 20 March to all eligible businesses who were in occupation of their property on or before 11th March 2020.
Rent relief for commercial council tenants
The 3-month rent relief period has now finished.
Further support is being assessed on a case by case basis. The Council can change quarterly payments to monthly payments and, where needed, agree deferred payment plans. Council tenants should apply to Sanderson Weatherall to discuss the options. Please refer to your rent demand or tenants handbook for contact details.
Business interruption loan scheme
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance facilities. The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed guarantee, potentially enabling a ‘no’ credit decision from a lender to become a ‘yes’.
- Up to £5m facility: The maximum value of a facility provided under the scheme will be £5m, available on repayment terms of up to six years.
- 80% guarantee: The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed, partial guarantee (80%) against the outstanding facility balance, subject to an overall cap per lender.
- No guarantee fee for SMEs to access the scheme: No fee for smaller businesses. Lenders will pay a fee to access the scheme.
- Interest and fees paid by Government for 12 months: The Government will make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.
- Finance terms: Finance terms are up to six years for term loans and asset finance facilities. For overdrafts and invoice finance facilities, terms will be up to three years.
- Security: At the discretion of the lender, the scheme may be used for unsecured lending for facilities of £250,000 and under. For facilities above £250,000, the lender must establish a lack or absence of security prior to businesses using CBILS. If the lender can offer finance on normal commercial terms without the need to make use of the scheme, they will do so.
- The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.
The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the government-owned British Business Bank. There are 40 accredited lenders able to offer the scheme, including all major banks.
Support for the creative and night-time economy
Other cashflow and lending support
Temporary modifications to construction site working hours
To find out more about how to apply for a temporary variation of construction site hours, please read our guidance notes on the submit a planning application page.
Freeze commercial waste collections
We're still providing a full commercial waste collection service to all our customers that need it. However, we know that many businesses have been forced to close or are no longer operating as a result of coronavirus.
To support our business community, we've agreed that businesses can ask to freeze their commercial waste agreements until they're able to operate again.
If you want to freeze your current agreement, please do not cancel your direct debit.
Instead, email email@example.com to tell us that you're no longer operating. Please include the following information:
- Name of business
- Contact name
- Contact details (telephone/ email address)
- Site Address
- Agreement number/ Account number
- A signed letter on business letterhead to evidence that you have suspended trading due to coronavirus. Please include the date you stopped trading in this letter (this should be no earlier than 23 March 2020)
If your business is still trading, you can't freeze your commercial waste collections, otherwise you'll be failing your duty of care.
For questions about the balance on your account, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your insurer will be able to advise you on whether your policy includes cover for business interruption and whether disease outbreaks, like coronavirus, are included in your policy.
Other support for businesses
Help is available for those who are ineligible for Statutory Sick Pay, such as the self-employed, to access benefits more quickly if they have to self-isolate. Find out more about the support on the GOV.UK website.
A telephone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus. Contact the HMRC helpline on 0800 0159 559.
Find out more about the support on the GOV.UK website.
Applications for the London Business Hub’s COVID-19 Recovery Grants will open on Friday, 16th October at 10.30am. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), eligible SMEs will be able to secure grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access professional, legal, financial or other advice and /or new technology and other minor equipment to address their immediate needs in response to the impact of COVID-19. SME’s can apply for 100% of the costs, but please note that funding will be paid in arrears. Therefore, after they have accepted the offer and have purchased and received the support or items that the grant has been approved for. In all instances we need to see copies of supplier’s invoices and a copy of the statement from the dedicated bank account for the business, evidencing that payment has been made to the relevant suppliers. Eligible applicants will have one calendar month, from the date of the grant offer letter, to accept the offer and purchase and receive the support/items that the grant has been approved for and submit a grant payment claim. Please note that the VAT element of any support or purchase is not eligible for grant support. It is also worth noting the grant cannot retrospectively fund activity that has already started.
All information and criteria to assess an SME’s eligibility and prepare for the grant application are now available on the London Business Hub's website
Other useful links
London-specific advice and support for businesses is available through the new London Business Hub. This is replacing the GLA's London Growth Hub and offers a wider array of support measures, such as supporting SMEs to access funding and help with property negotiations.
]Covid-19 communications resources](https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/resources) - to help spread the message about what we can do to prevent the spread of Covid-19 we have created a resource hub with posters and other resources which you can share.
The Federation of Small Businesses has published guidance on what you can do to protect your business and your employees.
A toolkit to support businesses to implement remote working
A checklist for preparing your business for Coronavirus