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Business and licensing

The Council’s Policy and Economic Development Team works to grow the local economy through business partnerships.  

We are committed to making the Council’s services more business friendly. If you have any feedback on the Business in St Albans website pages, please contact:

COVID-19 Business Support and Guidance

Our Business support services page has links and useful information on support for businesses, employers and self-employed

What do I do if I have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in my workplace?

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 has occurred in your business or organisation, go to the reporting an outbreak resource site to find the relevant type of organisation and follow the instructions on the action card. Depending on the type of organisation this may also include ‘possible’ cases of COVID-19, where coronavirus symptoms are present but a case has not been confirmed through testing.  The cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on hand in your business or organisation.

Financial Support for businesses that are now required to close

Following the announcement on the 31st of October 2020 of a further period of national 'lockdown', there is another package of financial support for businesses that are now legally required to close. Support is also available to businesses types such as nightclubs that were legally unable to open prior to the current lockdown.   

Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for the following.

  • For properties with a Rateable Value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per each 28 day qualifying period;
  • For properties with a Rateable Value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per each 28 day qualifying period;
  • For properties with a Rateable Value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per each 28 day period period;

You can see the list of business types that are legally required to close and those that can remain open here. Please note that this scheme is only for businesses which are required to close. However, business types that are mandated to close but that are able to operate a 'click and collect' service will still be entitled to a grant as long as the 'substantive part' of their business has closed. 

Please use this link to apply for a grant. Before you make your application you will need to know your business rate account number. You can find this on your most recent business rate demand notice. 

Discretionary Support Grants - Additional Restrictions Grant. 

In addition to the grant scheme for businesses that are legally required to close, Local Authorities have been asked to design a Discretionary Grant Scheme for the Additional Restrictions Grant to provide further support to businesses. Officers and Councillors are currently designing a scheme for St Albans District. Details of this scheme and how to apply will be published on our website as soon as this is finalised.  

Please note - we have been made aware of a number of 'scams' in circulation relating to grants and other financial support. Please be careful if you receive a phone call or an e-mail requesting bank details or asking for other personal information.   


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