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Same as above were are going to stay open but with only with a few staff to keep everyone safe as possible as we supply scottish nhs, police force and  most councils so in scotland we fall into the essential category. 

All the best for next year everyone

Keep safe & stay strong & have happy New Year

Regards 

Steven 

OS Keys 

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Well ,my council said to me that we are classed as essential retail, can open and not entitled to Council help/grants.

I open the shop but I know from previous lock downs that wouldn't be many people around the town and only few customers a day !  

More or less just a fight to survive for now :( 

 

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3 hours ago, ironplanet uk900 said:

You are allowed to open, its nothing to do with the council (unless your reliant on a indoor market) government guidelines say you can open.

 

I think what they are saying is you only get financial help from local councils if you are forced to close, but as they can stay they won't get any help and business/footfall is very low so taking no money.

Lose - lose situation!!

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I’ve closed this week because I broke my shoulder Christmas Eve, but otherwise I’d be open. It’s a long term game. Every customer who comes to your door, then goes somewhere else because you wasn’t there is potentially lost for life. I plan on opening as soon as I can reach the top door lock again!

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Unless you legally required to close , you can stay open and there is a possibility that you wouldn't be eligible the 4k Grant !

However, there are differences between local Councils. I know some shops closed last Lockdown but they didn't get the grant but closed shops in the neibouring council in the same trade received it. 

 

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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 

The government has provided local authorities with additional funding to help businesses which, while not legally forced to close, are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector) and businesses outside the business rates system, which are legally required to close.

Grant funding is available for eligible Micro and Small businesses who were trading on the 4 November 2020 in Erewash and have seen a reduction in turnover of 20% or more. Businesses that are eligible for the scheme will be entitled to receive a one off grant payment for the 28 days of the national restrictions from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020.

Eligible business trading on 4 January 2021 who have seen a reduction in turnover of 20% or more can also apply for a grant covering the 42 days of the national lockdown period from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021. 

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Spoke to the council today after submitting my grant application 2 1/2 weeks ago , after a short wait they found my application & then said it should be assessed next week . I asked why it was taking such a long time & the reply !!!!! Due to Covid restrictions our staff are mainly working from home & the decision on grants is complicated .I asked if they realised they were messing around with people’s livelihoods & causing a lot of stress . Was told they understood & were working as fast as they could .  Don’t think she liked it when I mentioned she was a public employee & would get paid at the end of the month come what may ,unlike a lot of small businessmen.

Not holding my breath , roll on April 

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Just logged in, first time this year.

Up here in Edinburgh I have been closed since xmas eve, I applied for the grants for shop owners through the city of Edinburgh council back in February.

I got an initial payment of £6k followed up the same day with a further £2k, I also got another £2k in March and think I'll get the same as we are locked down until 26th April, I'm unsure if there will be any further payments.

Along with my HMRC grants I feel I have been very well looked after...

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