The situation with COVID-19 is changing daily and we know that many businesses in Barnet are feeling worried.
Please be assured that Barnet Council is committed to supporting you through whatever might come.
On this page you’ll find information about business support measures and our latest advice and guidelines for business owners, landlords, suppliers, charities, self-employed and employees.
Business grants, loans and support
Grant funding schemes
We are distributing support for businesses in the form of grant funding schemes:
- Discretionary business support grant
- Small business grant fund (SBGF) and
- Retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund (RHLGF)
Bounce back loan (BBL) scheme
This Bounce Back Loan scheme enables small and medium sized businesses to obtain a six-year loan at a government set interest rate of 2.5% a year. Eligible businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with the government covering any interest payable in the first year. Visit the British Business Bank’s website to learn how to apply.
Financial planning support programme
If your business is in need of urgent financial advice due to the COVID-19 crisis we can help with free Financial Planning Support helping you plan business finances during the pandemic. We are working with the Federation of Small Business to offer the financial planning support programme.
Business rates and council payments
The council has suspended debt recovery and enforcement relating to rates until 30 June 2020.
Business support finder
Together with the government we are providing a range of support.
To see what is available for you and your business, use the government’s business support finder
How to reopen your business safely
From Saturday 4 July 2020, most businesses and venues in England can reopen.
Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and accommodation sites are allowed to reopen, providing they can follow COVID-19 secure guidelines.
Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions can also reopen, if they can do so safely. This includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades.
Businesses that need to remain closed for now
You can not reopen if you are a close proximity business such as a:
- soft-play areas
- indoor gyms
- swimming pools
- water parks
- bowling alleys and spas.
The government is working with these businesses to help them to become COVID-19 secure and reopen as soon as possible.
Covid-19 secure guidelines
The government has published guidelines on how to work safely during corona virus COVID-19
Check guidelines specific for your area of work:
- hotel and guest accommodation
- close contact services such as hairdressing, barber shops, beauty, nail bars, make up, tattooing, spray tanning, spas, sports and massage therapy, dress fitters, tailors, fashion designers.
- new visitor economy such as hotels, guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and consumer shows.
- restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.
As a business owner, you should also consider the government’s 5 main steps to working safely.
All employers are required to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment. As an employer, you also have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety.
This means you need to think about the risks they face and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them, recognising you cannot completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19.
Officers from Barnet Council will be working to support businesses in Barnet's town centres as they reopen.
They will be in our main high streets from the week starting Monday 15 June 2020 between 10am and 4pm.
They will be clearly identifiable, wearing high visibility jackets, please approach them for advice.
If you require an advisory visit or further information then please contact email@example.com
A poster to communicate with your customers
Do you want to show shoppers that you are COVID-19 aware?
Print it out on A4 paper and display it in your front window to communicate clearly to customers how to shop safely.
Reopening your water systems
If your premises has been closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, water system stagnation and Legionella bacterial growth is a potential hazard that you must consider. You need to ensure you take reasonably practicable steps to control risk from Legionella.
Legionnaires’ Disease is a type of pneumonia which can cause serious illness in persons who are susceptible, such as those over 50 years of age, smokers and those with underlying health conditions. The disease is caused by Legionella bacteria in the water supply being breathed into the lungs.
We urge businesses to carry out safety processes to their water systems as they reopen following COVID-19 lockdown to avoid increasing risk of Legionnaires’ disease.
Guidance on how to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on business
Check the relevant advice for you:
Please also check the additional advice from the government.
London-wide support and information
West London Business helpline
West London Business is providing a COVID-19 website where you can find answers to your queries or speak with an advisor using a dedicated helpline for business.
London Growth hub
The London Growth Hub has also setup a dedicated COVID-19 site , where you can find fact sheets, a business checklist and access free one-to-one support.