Many businesses are receiving Grants from the Local Council.
If your income/sales has fallen by more than 40% as a result of Covid 19 apply to your council for a grant
We would be able to complete this application immediately.
We are very keen to help local businesses obtain their grant from the Council.
Please obtain your application from the Council and supply us, as Accountants, with copies of:
1. Your last year’s self assessment.
2. Evidence that your sales/ revenue has fallen by more than 40% as a result of Covid -19. This may be in the form of bank statements/ records/ an explanation of how the pandemic has affected your business.
3. Provide us with a brief background explanation of the history of your business.
4. Please supply us with the answers to the questions on the letter below.
Our charges are £200 plus vat. We offer a discount of £50 for existing clients.
Grant Form sent by Council
This will need to be completed by us on your behalf.
(The information must be provided on the headed paper of a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Certified Accountant,
or a Registered Auditor)
To: [Name of Local Authority to which application is made]
RE: NAME AND ADDRESS OF CLIENT
I confirm that as of this date [insert date]:
|The trading name of my client’s business is:|
|I act as accountant/tax adviser for the above client and have done so continuously since (insert date):|
|The Companies House Number is (where applicable):|
|The Unique Tax Reference Number is (where applicable):|
|The business was established on (insert date):|
|The business commenced trade on (insert date):|
|HMRC PAYE Reference Number (if applicable):|
|The business has employees on the payroll (insert number):|
|To the best of my knowledge the business is solvent, is trading and is a going concern.||YES/ NO|
|I am not aware of any facts or circumstances which might prejudice the client’s ability to fulfil his/her obligations under the Terms and Conditions of the Liverpool City Region Local Business Support Grant February 2021.||YES/ NO|
|Comparing information contained in the business plan / previous year’s accounts / current management accounts I confirm that more than 40% of sales/revenue has been lost, and this is directly attributable to impact of Covid-19 during the pandemic.||YES/ NO|
|The business IS NOT subject to the following: dissolved or about to be dissolved; insolvent or has insolvency action instigated against it (including any petition or where a striking off notice has been made); dormant i.e. not trading but not insolvent.||YES/ NO|
|The business has not ceased trading or has closed without being required to do so as part of Government and local restrictions.||YES/ NO|
|I confirm the above answers to questions 1-13 are, to the best of my knowledge and belief, correct.||YES/ NO|
|I also confirm that, having assessed the accounts of the above named business, I have taken into account all grants received by the business, including (but not limited to) the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough); the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS), and have taken into account how these have offset any losses the business has made to date.||YES/ NO|
NOTE: The Government has issued guidance on managing the risks of fraud and will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business attempting to falsify their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.
Print Name and Job Title:
Qualifications e.g. Chartered Accountant / Certified Accountant / Registered Auditor– please state:
On Behalf of: (Name of Firm of Accountants)
In response to the challenges businesses are facing under national lockdown, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has created a new fund launched on Wednesday 10th February 2021 called the Liverpool City Region Local Business Support Grant.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for a grant, your business must:
- be a small or micro business as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006, and able to accept the grant under State Aid rules
- still be trading on 1st February 2021 with a view to making a profit or surplus and not a dormant company
- not make a claim against more than one category of the grant
- be based in the Liverpool city region and have been trading on or before 31st October 2020
- employ one or more people – a sole director, or a self-employed person counts as one employee
Your business will not qualify for a grant if it has:
- received a Hospitality and Leisure Grant from round 1
- received a Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grant Expanded Scheme round 2
- received or is eligible for a Taxi Licence Grant
- received or is eligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant
- been subject to Covid-19 environmental health or planning enforcement prosecution brought by the police, or any other authority, since 1st April 2020
Types of businesses that can apply
Businesses that can apply include:
- businesses ordered to close from 5th January 2021 that are not in the business rates system, are not eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant and are based in commercial premises
- businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector or supply chain that either pay business rates or have commercial property-related costs
- self-employed people, sole traders and home-based businesses that mainly work in or supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
- licensed market traders
- businesses in any sector not eligible for other grant schemes that can demonstrate a loss of at least 40% in sales or revenue due to Covid-19 including the self-employed, sole traders and home-based businesses
For the purposes of this scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This is interpreted as where the primary purpose is, ‘carrying on a trade or profession or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover’.
To evidence the loss in sales or revenue of at least 40% and to show trading on or before 31st October 2020, you must provide a statement from a qualified, independent accountant using our letter template.
Before you apply
Please read the checklist and guidance document below, and make sure you have a completed accountant’s letter to upload using the template below. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you must upload all the required evidence.
- Checklist for applicants
- Guidance notes for applicants (pdf : 321 KB)
- Accountant’s letter template (docx : 27 KB)
How to apply
You can apply online using the button below. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 26th February 2021.
- read our privacy notice to find out how we share and store your data
- when you submit your application you are agreeing to our terms and conditions
You must complete the online application form in one session as it cannot be saved. You may encounter problems using the ‘Safari’ web browser. We recommend that you use Chrome, Edge or Internet Explorer.
How much will I get?
Self employed people, home-based workers, sole traders and licensed market traders will be granted £3,750. The table below shows how much business with commercial premises will receive.
If your application is approved, we aim to pay the grant via BACS in 10 working days. A BACS payment can take up to three days to reach your bank account.
|Rateable value of commercial premises or equivalent annual rent||Grant values|
|£15,000 or under||£6,000|
|£15,001 – £50,999||£9,000|
|£51,000 or over||£13,500|