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Coronavirus - Business and licensing

Details about changes to licensing and our working practices will now be in the business and licensing section of the website. The best source of information and guidance on Coronavirus is on

Business grants

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme is now closed to applications

A further one-off Grant payment under the Council's August 2021 Discretionary Scheme was made available for applications on Monday 23 August 2021 and closed on Sunday 12 September 2021. As expected we received a high volume of applications and cannot accept any further to ensure we do not overspend on the funds allocated to us.

Keep up to date

We will be sending out regular email updates in our business newsletter. Join our mailing list to receive the latest business news and read previous editions.

Sign up to Business Matters

We also encourage businesses across Gloucestershire to sign up for news from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Financial support

GOV.UK has details on all the financial support schemes available to businesses and how to check if you are eligible.

The Coronavirus Job retention scheme may pay part of your employees’ wages.  

If you are self-employed you may be able to claim under the Self-employment income support scheme.

 Working safely

Read working safely during coronavirus on GOV.UK. This government guidance is to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guides cover a range of different types of businesses.

There are separate guidelines for transport operators.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) have issued some guidance on safe practices for animal businesses.

A guide on maintaining records for staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.

Test and trace

From the 24 September it will be the law for some businesses to display a NHS QR code poster to let customers check in with the Test and Trace app. To find out which businesses need to do this and to get a QR code poster visit the NHS Covid information for organisations website.