Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Business support

Discretionary Business Grants reopened 

We've reopened our Discretionary Business Grants for more businesses. Click here for more information

NEW: Getting the right guidance for your business

The government has launched a new tool to make sure that businesses who've allowed to re-open have the right support.  The guidance will help businesses carry out a risk assessment and to make adjustments to the workplace.  Click here to use the government's latest guidance checker.  Please note: this is only for businesses who're allowed to re-open.

High street reopening

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, are allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government. Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance.

We're encouraging residents to shop local and support their local high streets in Selby, Sherburn and Tadcaster. Back to Business packs have been distridbuted to independent businesses across the district. Some of these resources are available to download. Click here for our Reopening Toolkit that contains downloadable resources, guidance and FAQ's

Business support

To help businesses recover from adversity and build financial resilience for the future, the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has launched it’s free ‘From Adversity to Recovery’ programme. This programme is designed to support SME’s who would benefit from free mentorship to help them build back from adversity and have a critical friend to help to move their business forward with resilience built in.  Click here for full details.

Free Membership for the Federation of Small Businesses

We have invested £20,000 to be able to provide a number of small businesses in the district with free 12-months membership of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). FSB members can access a wide range of vital business services including legal help, cyber protection, financial expertise, debt recovery and access to FSB’s funding platform. 

The offer covers the first 12 months of membership and is available to new FBS members, and businesses with 10 or fewer employees. To apply for the free FSB membership, businesses need to complete the membership application form. They will then be contacted by a member of the Economic Development team.

Buy Local

North Yorkshire County Council have launched a new website to support North Yorkshire businesses and tradespeople - and help people find local services available to them during coronavirus. All eligible traders and businesses are urged to register at to help create a comprehensive one-stop shop for North Yorkshire residents.