Support for businesses through Coronavirus (COVID-19).
How we’re helping
Buy Local is our free website to support businesses and tradespeople in North Yorkshire as well as help people find local services available to them.
We're urging all eligible traders and businesses to register on the Buy Local website as soon as possible - it's free and easy to join.
All businesses on the Buy Local directory are required to abide by government guidelines on operating under coronavirus restrictions.
To help businesses we’re now paying small and medium sized suppliers (SMEs) instantly, subject to bank clearing times, instead of the standard 30-day period.
We'll review this approach in March.
To help us do this we’re asking all suppliers to now email their invoices to their named contact rather than sending them by post. If you already send your invoices via email to firstname.lastname@example.org then please continue to do so.
If you don’t have a named contact then you need to get in touch with the relevant service or department before sending the invoice. As a minimum, invoices need the name and contact number of the individual who place the order or they won’t be paid.
We also appreciate that some suppliers may struggle to fully meet their contractual obligations due to the current crisis. If you feel this is the case you should contact your normal contract manager or email@example.com.
Free trading standards advice
Our trading standards team is offering free advice until September 2021 to help support businesses based in North Yorkshire. The team can provide advice on all aspects of trading standards law, including helping businesses to diversify into different product areas or to move their business online or to a takeaway service.
Government help for businesses
You can find information regarding the government's coronavirus support available to businesses on their website. This includes information on how to:
- Work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for
- Find out how to apply for a grant if you’re self-employed
Help from district councils
District Councils are responsible for administering the business rate relief and grant funding packages.
You do not need to take any action if you have a retail, hospitality, leisure or nursery business that qualifies for business rate relief. The discount will be applied automatically.
You also do not need to take any action about the grant funding. District Councils will be directly contacting businesses that are eligible.
Each District Council has set up an information page about their support for businesses:
- Craven District Council coronavirus support for businesses
- Hambleton District Council coronavirus support for businesses
- Harrogate Borough Council coronavirus support for businesses
- Richmondshire District Council coronavirus support for businesses
- Ryedale District Council coronavirus support for businesses
- Selby District Council coronavirus support for businesses
- Scarborough Borough Council coronavirus support for businesses
Help from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
A regional Local Authority Forum has been created to ensure we can make support clear and accessible for the region’s businesses.
Businesses can continue to access existing sources of finance as well as a number of useful webinars on the Growth Hub.