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Businesses and employers - financial support

Sunderland City Council endeavours to ensure that information contained on this page is up to date and correct and in line with the latest NHS and Government advice. The council accepts no liability for error or omission.

Update 07/06/2021

Restart Extension Grant 

Businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure (HAL), non-essential retail and personal care sectors - without a business rates assessment (in shared space) - which would have been eligible for a Restart Grant if they had a Rateable Value have received a Restart Extension Grant payment, provided they previously successfully applied for the LRSG/ ARG scheme.

Restart Extension Grants were also be paid to those in the supply chain to HAL who previously successfully applied for the same LRSG / ARG scheme.

This is an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funded Restart Extension Grant. Payments were of an equivalent value to Strand One of the government's Restart Grant scheme and were made automatically to eligible businesses on 28/05/2021. All payments should have been received by 01/06/2021 and no new applications were required. 

For full details please visit Restart Extension Grant.

To contact the Business Investment Team email or call 0191 561 1194 and a member of the team will call you back.

Financial government support

Government Loan Schemes for SMEs and large companies

Grant Funding Schemes

Business Rates - Expanded Retail Discount Scheme

Job Retention and Job Support Schemes

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme


To access further support for businesses during the pandemic please visit Businesses and employers - information, advice and guidance.

Government's Coronavirus Business Support Finder Tool

The Government's coronavirus business support finder tool can help businesses and self-employed people to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them. The tool asks business owners to fill out a simple questionnaire. They will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for. To access the support finder tool visit the GOV.UK website.

Coronavirus business support blog is also available where you can find out how other businesses have used government support schemes and are working safely to guidance.

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