Local elections: results

Ballots cast in the Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner elections are being counted on Friday 7 and Saturday 6 May.

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Coronavirus information

The Civic Offices remain closed to the public. We're continuing to deliver services to the community. For council service updates, national guidance and how to contact us, click the link below.

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Business support grants

Restart Grant (April 2021)

The government is providing Restart Grants in England of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses, and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises.

Applicants must be business rated. This means that you receive a business rates bill in the business name and the business must be classified as one of the sectors listed in the government guidance.

Check if you're eligible for a Restart Grant

Please note: we're expecting a large amount of grant applications, so please remain patient. It could take us several weeks to review all the applications and pay the grants. Successful applications will be paid as fast as possible.

If you have any questions, please email restartapril@woking.gov.uk   

Apply for the Restart Grant (April 2021)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme and the one-off business support lockdown (Jan 2021) payment

The government has announced that from 1 April 2021 qualifying applicants for the Local Restrictions Grant (closed) scheme can only receive the second payment cycle covering the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 (44 days). In addition, from 1 April 2021 the one-off business support lockdown (Jan 2021) payment is closed to all further applications.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme applies to businesses which were directed to close by the government when Woking moved to Tier 3 on 19 December 2020, or Tier 4 on 20 December 2020, and then national lockdown on 5 January 2021.

Applications received between 1 April 2021 and 31 May (the closing date for second payment cycle applications) will not be entitled to the initial payment up to 15 February 2021.

Eligibility criteria:

  • is business rated (the applicant must be the rate payer)
  • open as usual before the restrictions, for example on 4 January  2021
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by the government.

Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started.

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)

Grants which are no longer available

National lockdown (5 November to 2 December 2020)

This grant is open to businesses that were open and trading, but which were legally forced to close as a result of the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. These were mainly non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

This scheme closed at midnight on 31 March 2021.

Additional restrictions grants (ARG)

This grant scheme is discretionary for both business rated (you receive a business rates bill) and non-business rated businesses.

The ARG scheme is now closed. The closing date was midnight on Sunday 28 February.

Decisions by the grants award panel regarding ARG applications will be emailed direct to applicants.

Keep up-to-date

We also keep local businesses up to date about grants, other support and resources via our Woking Works business enewsletter.

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