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Coronavirus: Information for businesses

Last updated: 19 July 2021

Cases of coronavirus remain high as England moves to Step 4 of the government’s roadmap, so we must all be cautious while managing the risk.

Covid-19 grant schemes

We have been distributing government-funded grants for businesses in the city of Cambridge. There have been two types.

National schemes

Restart Grants were available until the end of June 2021. They were for rate-paying businesses in premises providing predominantly in-person services in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors.

These grants are no longer available to businesses that have been allowed to resume trading as part of Steps 2 and 3 of the Government’s roadmap to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Local schemes

The Government has also given councils an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to develop their own local schemes to support businesses and local economic recovery up until the end of March 2022.

Since the start of the second national lockdown in November 2020 until the end of May 2021, we have run run our own Additional Business Support Grants (ABSG) scheme for businesses in Cambridge not qualifying for the national schemes.

These grants are no longer available to businesses that have been allowed to resume trading as part of Steps 2 and 3 of the Government’s roadmap to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

However, a small number of businesses still required to remain shut (or particularly badly affected by the four-week delay to the move to Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap) are being contacted by the Council, as part of a targeted ABSG (Phase 7) scheme.

Other financial support

Beyond the ABSG scheme, we are currently planning the next steps to provide support for businesses and the local economic recovery over the next nine months. Look out for more details on this webpage soon.

Read coronavirus financial support for residents, including more information about the self-employment income support scheme.

Businesses located outside Cambridge (for example, in South Cambridgeshire) should contact their district council about grant availability.

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