This page is designed to pull together all the different support available to are self-employed during national restrictions. Please note, not all individuals who are self-employed will be eligible for all the support programmes listed below. This page was last updated on 2nd Jan 2021.
Hardship scheme for open businesses
We know businesses continue to struggle as a result of the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions implemented on Tuesday 5 January.
However, we are acutely aware that many businesses that remain open are suffering from a loss of trade. With this in mind, and with support from Sheffield City Region, we are able to introduce the Local Discretionary Business Hardship Scheme.
Business support packages are in place to allow for ongoing business costs, rather than lost income. If you’re suffering from lost income, see advice here.
We also have support for employment skills and access to jobs in Barnsley here.
To be eligible a business must meet the following criteria:
- Only businesses permitted to be open under government regulations can apply.
- The business must be located in Barnsley.
- Has some fixed property costs – identified by RV or Rent (or mortgage payments).
- Must have been trading on Monday 4 January 2021.
- Demonstrate a significant loss of trade because of current or previous national lockdowns.
- Primary activity must be provision of goods or services to the public on a face to face basis, e.g. people are required to enter business premises to purchase goods or services.
- All self-employed in these areas may be considered but should have fixed property costs.
Types of businesses we expect to apply (For Reference Only and subject to loss of trade test)
- Independent food retailers – including mini-markets, corner shops, butchers, green grocers.
- Market Stalls
- Vehicle repairs and MOT Services
- Independent launderettes and dry cleaners
- Professional training centres
- Providers of medical services e.g. dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.
In exceptional circumstances but solely at the discretion of the Council, an application may also be considered from a business not included in the list above that has other fixed business costs excluding property-related costs.
These will be considered where severe financial hardship can be evidenced and where no other business support can be accessed. Applications will only be considered on a case by case basis with no right of appeal. For full information on this support, please visit https://www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk/local-discretionary-business-hardship-scheme/
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme
If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
Full information about this support can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme