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COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis means this is a challenging time for all businesses. We will help you and our local economy to get through this unprecedented time.

This web section provides a hub for businesses in Enfield to find support, stay informed with the latest updates, and find resources to help you and your business.

As we look towards the reopening of our economy, in line with the government's roadmap out of lockdown, we would like to thank all our local businesses who have helped make Enfield a safer place, by observing lockdown restriction rules and getting vaccinated when invited.

We know how hard this has been for many of the businesses on our high streets. We are confident, though that given the right tools and support we can help Enfield's local economy get back on its feet.

We also want to make sure you, your employees and customers have the confidence to return, and you know how to make your place of work COVID-secure and compliant. You can keep up to date with the latest government advice at GOV.UK/coronavirus.

To view the latest restrictions, including which businesses and venues can and can't open in the current climate, visit GOV.UK – COVID-19 Response.

Once businesses begin to reopen, you will still see the Enjoy Enfield Safely campaign. This campaign is aimed at encouraging shoppers back to our borough's high streets and town centres. This will support businesses and encourage residents to shop local.

To support this campaign, Enfield Council is also looking at hosting events and cultural activities during the summer in town centres and shopping areas. More information will be available on this soon and we hope you will be able to get involved.

We would like to thank our town centre and high street businesses, which have been exceptional in their response during these hard times. Officers are working to support businesses and aid their recovery in the medium and long term.

This work is supported by the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, established through a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Guidance on making your business COVID-secure

Find out how to make your business COVID-secure using the government guidelines at GOV.UK. All businesses that remain open must continue to follow COVID-secure guidelines. If you fail to do this, you may be subject to a fixed penalty notice of £1000.

Enjoy Enfield safely logo European Union ERDF and HM Government logos

For more information, see below:

For organisations that are providing information and support to businesses, see COVID-19: resources.

Welcome Back Pack

Poster downloads

If you can stay open, let customers know how your business is staying COVID-19 secure:

Available support

Stay up-to-date and contact info

We post the latest information for residents and businesses on our social media channels. By sharing our content, you will be helping to keep people safe and help our local economy survive this crisis.

You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and on LinkedIn.

You can also get the latest information in our frequent newsletter, and opting in to ‘Information for Local Businesses’.

supporting Enfield businesses

This web section provides businesses in Enfield with guidance on how to respond to the challenges they are currently facing due to COVID-19. On our business pages you will find links to the latest information, guidance and support from local and national sources.

For information about business grants, visit our financial support page.

For information about business advice and support, visit our resources page.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, or have further questions, you can complete our Business Response form and a team member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Business response form

We are currently dealing with a high level of enquires, but we aim to respond within two working days.

Other ways to contact us

You can get the latest information by signing up to our frequent newsletter, and opting in to ‘Information for Local Businesses’.

There will also be regular updates on the Enfield Council LinkedIn page.

For information about grants, visit our financial support page. For any other queries, email business@enfield.gov.uk.

For information on the wider community support package being delivered by Enfield Council, visit Enfield’s response to COVID-19. Please note this is an ongoing situation so be aware the guidance could change at short notice.

How we use your information

Information you give will be used for the purpose of contacting you and directing you to the right help. The information will be managed in accordance with the council’s privacy policy, and used for business support purposes only. If you want us to refer you to partner organisations (the Federation of Small Businesses) for further support, please inform us. If you do not consent, only council facilities will be directly available, although our staff may signpost you to contact others yourself.

You should note that we are not business advisors and can’t provide business advice. Our team offers an initial business triage service only. We will be able to signpost to the latest information and guidance available and refer you to partner organisations (also other council departments where relevant).

Government financial support for business

Following COVID-19 restrictions placed by government from October 2020, grants have been made available for certain businesses. Please see below an overview of grants available and applicable dates.

Additional Restrictions Grant

We are offering further Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) to certain sectors of the local economy. Initially garages and MOT test centres will be the sector that we will be providing additional support for. We are focusing on businesses that are yet to receive any financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All businesses that apply will need to complete an ARG application form and provide necessary evidence. This includes confirming that they are an official business, that they are based in Enfield and that they have experienced losses. Businesses will also need to validate their bank information by providing copies of bank statements.

If your business is a garage or MOT test centre, please email arg@enfield.gov.uk for an application form and details about the evidence that you need to provide.

If you do not fall into the categories outlined above, you should not apply for this grant funding.

Expanded Retail and Nursery Discount 2021-22

At the Budget on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that eligible ratepayers would receive a discount on their Business Rates bills for the year 2021/22 of 100% for the first three months and 66% for the remainder of the year.

Expanded Retail Relief was provided to eligible occupied retail, hospitality and leisure properties in 2021/22. Nursery Discount was granted to eligible properties which are occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register, and which are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Business Rates accounts that received these reductions were issued with a bill in April 2021, which included the 100% discount for the full financial year. However, it was advised that the 100% discount was only applicable for the first three months and would therefore end on 30 June 2021.

Revised Retail Relief and Nursery Discount bills have now been issued with a new bill with effect from 1 July 2021. This includes the 66% discount for the remainder of the financial year under either the Expanded Retail Relief scheme or the Nursery Discount scheme for 2021/22.

You should be aware that these schemes are subject to a cash cap. More information can be found at GOV.UK - business rates expanded retail discount and GOV.UK - business rates nursery childcare discount.

If you receive either Retail Relief or Nursery Discount and don't think that you are eligible based on the cash cap, then you can choose to opt out by contacting us at optout@enfield.gov.uk.

Please note that the government and Enfield Council will not tolerate any business falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain this discount, including claiming support above the cash cap. A ratepayer who falsely applies for any relief or provides false information or makes false representation in order to gain relief may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

You can use the government's business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

London Growth Hub

You can find a support scheme for your business using the London Growth Hub. They have listed hundreds of programmes and initiatives, including ways to unlock finance, access workspace and business mentoring.

The London Growth Hub are offering a webinar series to navigate the challenges of COVID-19. They can also help you access financial help through a free one-to-one advice session with a business adviser.

Human resources

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary, if they would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Government grants will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers up to a total of £2,500 a month.

The government will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absences, due to coronavirus.


Businesses affected by coronavirus can access bank lending and overdrafts via a Business Interruption Loan. For loans up to £5 million, the government is providing a guarantee of 80% for each loan.

Businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 through Bounce Back Loans, and access the cash within days. The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first twelve months. Businesses can apply online through a short and simple form. The scheme is open to applications until 31 March 2021.

The Future Fund will provide government loans to eligible UK-based companies, ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. 


All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC's Time to Pay service.

To find out more, visit GOV.UK - difficulties paying HMRC.


The government will support businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for three months.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Check the latest information from the government on how to claim a grant and find other help available

If you are in financial hardship, you can find out what support might be available to you by visiting Enfield’s response to COVID-19 – Financial hardship.

To provide help to our small-business community, Enfield Council has partnered with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), who are able to provide smaller businesses in Enfield with information to respond to the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19.

You can find out more by visiting the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) website.

Enfield 1,000 Business Club

We have partnered with the FSB to offer small Enfield firms the chance to join the Enfield 1,000 Business Club for free, to help with economic, employment, legal and mental health challenges.

  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprises can apply for FSB membership, this means businesses with 1 - 249 employees.
  • The promotion is available until March 2022, please apply as soon as possible to receive support.
  • The membership will last a full 12 months.
  • Please see the national FSB events calendar. To narrow down the events, please search 'Enfield' in the search engine.

Members will have access to a range of vital business support services, discounts, events and advice.

To apply for this support offer, email business@enfield.gov.uk with the subject 'Enfield 1000 Business Club Membership'.

Networking events

FSB and Enfield Council are delighted to welcome you to the newly launched 1000 Business Club Networking event. The event will take place on the third Monday of every month.

At each event we will present our regular FSB local update, ensuring you get the most from your membership, followed by our brief presentation. You will then have chance to freely network with other business owners online and through the chat room. It’s a chance to hear about all that's going on in the borough, how you can access support, and get valuable tips in business.

Our next event is on 20 December. You can sign up to the event at FSB - virtual networking.

There are lots of other ways you can get support during the COVID-19 crisis. Here is some of the latest guidance from government and partners.

Note that this is an ongoing situation and the guidance could change at short notice.

Information for businesses

London Growth Hub

You can find a support scheme for your business through the London Growth Hub, who have listed hundreds of programmes and initiatives. These include ways to unlock finance, access workspace and business mentoring.

The London Growth Hub has also launched a series of free webinars, designed to guide London’s small businesses across various problem areas, as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19.

You can also access free one-to-one support. If you have any queries or concerns about the potential impact COVID-19 may have on your business, you can speak to one of their business advisers. Book a one-hour telephone appointment.

Sector-specific organisations

Enterprise Enfield

Enterprise Enfield offers comprehensive advice, guidance and support services to empower and inspire start-up and established businesses to grow and prosper.

Services include:

  • expert advice on business planning, marketing, raising finance, start-up loans and managing accounts
  • a range of practical and informative business seminars
  • bespoke intensive programmes for women entrepreneurs (Inspiring Women Programme)
  • low cost premises in Ponders End

North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise

North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise is a dynamic, vibrant business community representing the interests of North London businesses.

Services include:

  • regular events with networking opportunities
  • subsidised business reviews and advice
  • seminars
  • discounted meeting room hire
  • directory listings
  • sponsorship and promotional opportunities

Free online support and resources for businesses

These organisations offer a range of support including free guidance, one-to-one appointments, webinars and other resources:

Member access support and resources for businesses

These organisations offer guidance and resources to their members. There may be a fee to sign up as a member:

Free databases, e-resources and workshops for small businesses

Regional and national business support schemes

  • HM Government's business support website
  • The Greater London Authority's Business Support Helpline offers advice and guidance for new and existing businesses in London. It provides information on national and local schemes, grants and loans to help businesses start and grow.
  • Newable provides advice and support in exporting goods and services
  • The Mayor's International Business Programme is an initiative set up to help high-growth London businesses from life sciences, technology and urban sectors expand internationally

If you considering moving your business to Enfield, see invest in Enfield.

General COVID-19 information

On 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that the government would provide additional business rates support for eligible retail, hospitality, leisure, and nursery businesses in England occupying a qualifying property.

As a temporary measure for 2021/2022 he announced that:

  • the Expanded Retail Discount (2020/2021) will be extended for three months for eligible properties, at 100% relief, uncapped, for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021
  • from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, the Expanded Retail Discount would apply at 66% relief for eligible properties in the scheme, with a cash cap of £2m for businesses that were required to close as at 5 January 2021, and up to £105,000 for business permitted to open at that date
  • the Nursery Discount 2021 would also be extended for three months, at 100%, uncapped, for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021
  • from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the Nursery Discount would apply at 66% relief for eligible properties, with a cash cap of £105,000
  • for the Expanded Retail Discount 2021/2022 and Nursery Discount 2021/22, businesses may choose to opt out of support by providing billing authorities notification of their request to refuse support, per eligible hereditament

As a result business rate billing for 2021/2022 will be delayed to allow for the rate reliefs to be applied.

Kickstart is a new £2 billion scheme to help create meaningful jobs for young people aged 16 to 24, who are currently claiming Universal Credit.

Funding will be available for each individual 6-month job placement and will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated National Insurance contributions and minimum pension costs. The information session is aimed at local businesses.

Kickstart is just one part of the ‘Planforjobs’ announced by the treasurer, and it will be important to ensure its success. Developing good quality placements for young people who need them most will be at the heart of our webinars. The attending organisations will leave with some practical resources and tips to develop their own Kickstart Programme placement.

Enfield Council is working as a Kickstart Gateway and supporting businesses by:

  • administrating the scheme on their behalf
  • completing the placement application
  • providing expertise when onboard and training young people

How we are supporting Kickstart

Enfield Council is delighted to be hosting free-to-access webinars for employers thinking about the government's new Kickstart Scheme.

Our panel includes DWP Kickstart Scheme Leads, and representatives from Enfield Council's Attainment and Progression Team, and Economic Development Team, as we explore together the opportunities and challenges of Kickstart and how to create high quality placements.

During these webinars, we'll be providing an insight into the scheme as well as explaining how you can become a part of this opportunity.

Upcoming events

The list of dates we have set for our upcoming webinars:

  • 15 June 2021 (School) - get tickets at Eventbrite

If you can't attend, please look out for future webinars over the coming months, or contact us using the email address below.

You can also get the latest information in our frequent newsletter, and opting in to ‘Information for Local Businesses’.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Kickstart Scheme, get in touch with us by email at kickstart@enfield.gov.uk.

Enjoy Enfield Safely Pavement Licence

Your business may be interested in applying for an Enjoy Enfield Safely Pavement Licence to enhance your business and help social distancing. The scheme, launched last year, has been extended to September 2022.

These licences allow businesses to apply to place temporary furniture such as tables and chairs outside cafes, bars and restaurants. We have made the licence application process easier and reduced the administrative fee to £100. For more information about this, see street trading.

To see a full list of licenses that are available, see business licence and permit applications.

COVID-19 Marshals

Our dedicated team of COVID-19 marshals will be patrolling our streets to ensure we help our residents stay safe as national restrictions begin to ease.

Covid marshals will advise and support members of the public and businesses on following social distancing rules.

Areas where marshals can help include:

  • helping businesses manage queues
  • supporting social distancing in crowded public areas
  • reminding people to wear a face covering when necessary
  • assisting with regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces

A Month of Sundays logo

We are pleased to announce an opportunity for your business to take part in 'A Month of Sundays - a festival of food and culture in Enfield'.

Over five Sundays in August, there will be celebrations of Enfield's amazing town centres, culture and extraordinary food. A Month of Sundays will showcase all that is finest in Enfield - our amazing diversity, our heritage as one of London's chief food producers and our creativity - and support our businesses, retail centres and local communities in this time of renewal.

The festival will allow you to sell your business goods and entertain thousands of visitors from pavement licensed stalls, showcasing the best that Enfield has to offer. There will be a communication programme that will advertise your business inside and outside the borough.

For more information, visit A Month of Sundays or view the event leaflet (PDF).

Date Location
Sunday 1 August
Enfield Town
Sunday 8 August
Leeds Street, Edmonton
Sunday 8 August
Broomfield Park, Palmers Green
Sunday 15 August
Ashfield Parade, Southgate
Sunday 22 August
Edmonton Green Centre
Sunday 29 August
Ponders End

Group of people promoting the event at Edmonton Green

At this stage, we are seeking to understand the numbers and types of businesses that are interested in joining the festival, so that we can plan accordingly.

If you're interested in joining the festival, complete the enquiry form (PDF) and email it to nat.buckeridge@enfield.gov.uk.

If you have any queries about the Month of Sundays events, please use the email address above or call 020 8132 3050.