New business support funding available - find out more about support for businesses affected by local and national coronavirus restrictions

Local coronavirus restrictions

Malvern Hills District is currently in Tier 2 of the Government's local coronavirus restrictions

While most businesses are able to reopen and operate in a Covid-19 Secure way, there are additional restrictions for hospitality businesses (pubs, restaurants, cafes etc), theatres and some other indoor entertainment businesses. 

Read the full restrictions on businesses and venues operating in Tier 2 areas.

See full guidance on which businesses and venues are permitted to be open under each local restriction tier.

Extended opening hours 

Retail shops and supermarkets are free to open in our district for as long as they like, Monday to Saturday, during December and January. Most businesses can already do this but if you have a planning condition that restricts your opening hours, or the hours during which you can accept deliveries, then we will temporarily relax enforcement of this. Sunday opening hours remain the same as these are controlled by Parliament.

This is in response to a request from the Government. If we do receive complaints about noise and disruption as a result of you opening for longer, then we will negotiate with you to find a compromise.

Off-licences, and other businesses whose opening hours are controlled by a licence, must continue to operate within those hours. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action.

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses must continue to operate within the relevant local coronavirus restrictions. For this area that is currently Tier 2. Find out more about Tier 2 restrictions for hospitality businesses.

If you have any questions please contact Worcestershire Regulatory Services for advice by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01905 822799.

Support grants for businesses forced to close

A new funding scheme has been created to support businesses affected by Tier 2 local coronavirus restrictions introduced in Malvern Hills District from 2 December 2020.

Funding schemes available to support businesses affected by national coronavirus restrictions that were in place from 5 November to 2 December are still available to apply for until 20 December 2020

Read on for more details about both schemes and to see which one you may qualify for.

Tier 2 local coronavirus restrictions support funding

here are two funding schemes available to businesses affected by the Tier 2 local coronavirus restrictions.

  • Businesses forced to close by Tier 2 restrictions can apply for the Tier 2 Local Restrictions Grant (Closed)
  • Businesses still able to trade, but that have had their trade severely affected by the Tier 2 restrictions, can apply for the Tier 2 Local Restrictions Grant (Open)

The Tier 2 Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme is open for applications.

pdf Read the full guidance on businesses that can and cannot claim for support from the Tier 2 Local Restrictions Grant (Closed). (343 KB)

We are still waiting for guidance from the Government on the qualifying criteria for the Tier 2 Local Restrictions Grant (Open).

You can still apply for support now from the Tier 2 Local Restrictions Grant (Open) scheme, but there will be a delay in making payments while we wait for the guidance and qualifying criteria.

Please use the form on this page to apply for both schemes.

Apply for local coronavirus restrictions grant support

How much is grant support worth?

Under the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) scheme, payments will be made as follows:

  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive payments of £667 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive payments of £1,000 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses registered for Business Rates with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive payments of £1,500 per 14 day qualifying restriction period

Payment levels for the Local Restrictions Grant (Open) scheme will be set once government guidance has been received.

National Restrictions Support Grant

If your business was forced to close as a result of national coronavirus restrictions in place between 5 November and 2 December 2020 then you may qualify for grant support funding.

To receive the funding you must have been required to close by law and be registered for Business Rates.

Qualifying businesses will receive the following amounts based on the rateable value of your business premises:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks.
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per four weeks.

You may receive more than one grant if you have more than one qualifying business.

You will not qualify for funding if:

Apply for a National Restrictions Support Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme)

We are making £250,000 available to support businesses that do not qualify for the main support grant, but are were still severely affected by national coronavirus restrictions in place between 5 November and 2 December 2020.

Businesses that qualify for an Additional Restrictions Grant will receive up to £3,000. To help us support as many businesses as possible, the amount of grant awarded will be proportionate to the impact of coronavirus restrictions on the income of a particular business.

Applications will be prioritised on the following criteria:

  • The importance of the business to the economy as an employer. This will include those who are self-employed.
  • Whether the business has been forced to close, or can demonstrate a significant reduction in revenue on trade, due to national coronavirus restrictions, from 4 November.

The following types of businesses may qualify for an Additional Restrictions Grant:

  • Businesses with a rateable value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.
  • Businesses without a rateable value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.
  • Businesses without a rateable value within the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors that have been forced to close by government.

Evidence this criteria has been met will need to be provided. Please read the guidance notes in full before applying.

pdf Read the Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary funding scheme) guidance. (162 KB)

Pubs and restaurants that may still be trading by takeaway, delivery or click and collect should apply for the main business support grant scheme as they have been legally required to close.

The deadline for application is 12 noon on 20 December 2020.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

Business Rates discounts

Discounts on Business Rates were introduced earlier this year for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses, pubs and nurseries. Visit our Business Rates Reductions page for more information.

Loans and other support

There is a range of other financial support available to help you through this challenging time.

Please read the Government's guide to financial support for jobs and businesses for more information.

You can also visit the Government's business support page.

You can sign up to our business e-newsletter and we will provide you with the latest updates direct to your inbox. 

Follow our social media channels @MalvernHills_DC and @EcoDevMHDC for further updates on Covid 19 business support as we receive them.

Help for the self-employed

The Government has announced that support for self-employed people will rise to 80 per cent of trading profits during November 2020. Visit the Government's business support page for more information.