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Covid-19 business support - latest updates


We understand the concerns of businesses and self-employed people across the county at this very difficult time. We are here to give advice and support to all County Durham businesses, large and small.

Latest news

Government boost to rapid workplace testing

Source: government, published 7 February 2021

New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptoms.

See Gov.uk: Government boost to rapid workplace testing.


Financial help for taxi drivers

Source: DCC, published January 26, 2021

A grant called the 'Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme' is available to help hackney carriage and private hire drivers who may have suffered financially as a result of Covid-19. A one-off payment of £500 is available.

See Financial help for taxi drivers during Covid-19.


Build Back Better Council

Source: government, published January 18, 2021

The Prime Minister has launched the Build Back Better Council which brings together a broad range of business leaders from across the British economy to work in partnership with the Government on coronavirus economic recovery and future growth plans. The Build Back Better Council will be comprised of 30 members representing industries from retail and hospitality, to finance, science and technology and aims to unlock investment, boost job creation and level up the whole of the UK.

Gov.uk: Prime Minister and Chancellor launch new Business Council


Durham Business Recovery Grant

Source: DCC, published January 14, 2021

The Durham Business Recovery Grant is a £5million fund to help County Durham businesses to recover from the effects of Covid-19.

See Apply for a Durham Business Recovery Grant.


£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Source: government, published January 6, 2021

The Chancellor has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. £594 million of discretionary fund has also been made available to support other impacted businesses.

Gov.uk: £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs


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