Help for business

Financial support

Business rate relief support

A series of temporary rate reliefs and support is available to businesses.

Restart Grant scheme

Restart Grant scheme was available for non-essential retail and hospitality and leisure businesses, including personal care sector and gyms. Eligibility criteria applied. Ealing Council automatically awarded these grants to recipients of the previous national lockdown grants in May 2021. Applications for other potential recipients closed on 9 June 2021.

National lockdown and Tier restriction grants

The council has issued payments for business rates grants for the following periods:

  • 2nd national lockdown: 5 November-2 December 2020
  • Leisure, hotels and hospitality venues: 2 December 2020 to 19 December 2020
  • Tier 4: 20 December 2020 to 4 January 2021
  • 3rd national lockdown: 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021
  • 3rd national lockdown grants: 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.

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Additional restrictions grant (ARG) fund

The additional restrictions grant (ARG) fund is a one-off discretionary fund from the government that is aimed at a range of business sectors and must be distributed by 31 March 2022. Ealing Council has been allocated nearly £10million to distribute to businesses. To ensure a large range of Ealing businesses are able to benefit from the grant funding, the council has created six different schemes to reflect the complex and varied nature of Ealing’s economy.

Applications for the aviation sector grant, cultural sector grant and COVID hardship grant are now closed. We have already issued payments for the cultural sector and COVID hardship grants and we are currently working on paying the aviation sector grant.


A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Extension of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is a government grant for self-employed individuals whose businesses have been affected by coronavirus. 

VAT reduction for hospitality, accommodation and attractions

You may be eligible for a 5% reduced rate of VAT until 30 September 2021 if your business is in the hospitality, hotel or holiday accommodation sector.  From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, the reduced rate of 12.5% will apply.

Support finder

Support finder is a new tool to help you find coronavirus financial support for your business. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. The support finder will help you to see what support is available for you and your business.


The government is hosting a series of free webinars to help businesses understand the support that is available. These currently cover trading internationally, information to support small businesses, and the changes to reporting, regulation and tax. You can register to join upcoming sessions or view recorded sessions that you may have missed. 

Start up loans

Start up loans is a subsidiary of the British Business Bank and delivers the Government’s start up loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.  

Pay it Forward for the future of London businesses

The Mayor of London is offering 100% free fundraising to help businesses to secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services. Find out more about the crowdfunding platform.