Loans and grants

You may be able to apply for a loan or grant to support your business.


Help available through us

Restart and Additional Restrictions grants

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary scheme to help businesses which have had to close, or been able to trade, but have been severely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates.

Coronavirus Test and Trace Support Payments

If you are told to self-isolate, you cannot work from home and you have lost income as a result, you may be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

Other help

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) offers government-backed loans of £2,000 to £50,000 for small and medium businesses, interest free for 12 months

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility, help for large businesses through the purchase of their short-term debt (GOV.UK)

Government Future Fund will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak

Business Essex Southend & Thurrock (BEST) Growth Hub can help you identify programmes, initiatives and funding you can access

Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Essex County Council has applied to act as an intermediary for businesses in Essex, so businesses which can't meet the 30 minimum placements can participate. To register with the ECC Kickstart Scheme please email:

Innovate UK funding opportunities to test ideas and develop innovative products and services

National Lottery Community Fund, for organisations supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19