Help for business

Financial support

Hospitality and leisure business grants

On 21 December 2021 the Chancellor announced a £1billion fund to support businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector impacted by the Omicron variant.

Businesses that occupy a property appearing on the local rating list on 30 December 2021 with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly or under £15,000 will receive £2,667
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £4,000 
  • Exactly £51,000 or over will receive £6,000.

Ealing Council is waiting for details on this funding from the government and will share details as soon as we have more information. Sign up to receive the latest updates via our business e-newsletter.

Business rate relief support

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

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.