Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The government has recognised that some businesses required to close may not have rateable commercial premises (and therefore won’t be covered by the LRSG schemes), while others won’t have been forced to close, but will be significantly financially impacted. 

Luton Borough Council has therefore developed ​this discretionary grant sche​me to support:
  • businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, travel and leisure sectors
  • businesses in the events and aviation sectors
  • other businesses outside the business rates system, such as taxi/private hire drivers which have also been severely impacted by the restrictions put in place and have not qualified for previous grant funding
When can you apply?
These grants will be awarded in funding tranches until the grant is used. The first tranche was open from the 7 December 2020 until 24 December 2020. A second tranche is now open until 31 March 2021.

What grant is available?
To simplify administration, the grants have been split into three levels. For those businesses most impacted, a £5,000 award will be given. Those businesses lesser impacted will be given £3,000, and finally those with a minor impact, £1,000. These are one off payments.
Full details and online application form can be found HERE.
NEW Luton BID Project Marketing Executive

A new position for Luton BID Project Marketing Executive has been created and recruitment is now taking place.

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone who has marketing and project experience, and the successful applicant will be accountable for supporting the BID's marketing and delivery of projects.

More details and how to apply can be found HERE.

pfbb UK - the national BID management company who specialise in the development and delivery of Business Improvement Districts across the country - will employ and manage the role on behalf of Luton BID.
Car parking refurbishments
The Mall Car Parks will be going through some exciting changes during March as part of a planned refurbishment.

There will be some short-term closures for some parts of the car park - all the details can be found HERE.
Luton BID Car Parking Schemes
As many people return to work in the town centre over the next two months, it is a good time to take advantage of Luton BID's two reduced price car parking schemes.

The schemes are open to those working in the town centre with The Mall and also 2020 Developments at Power Court. For further details please click HERE.
Luton BID Funded Enforcement Officers
Since the beginning of 2021 Luton BID has teamed up with Luton Borough Council to part-fund two dedicated town centre Enforcement Officers to help make the town centre safer.

The officers have been focusing on Anti-Social Behaviour and supporting COVID-19 compliance for the last two months. They have also been working closely with Bedfordshire Police to supply them with pieces of intelligence and evidence to support prosecutions.
Upcoming Free Business Support Webinars

Finance and Bookkeeping for your small business
Wenta, Thursday 11 March, 10am – 1.30pm
More information HERE

IR35 Changes Explained: What it Means for Your Busines
SEMLEP, 9 Mar 2021 - 11:00 am-12:00 pm
More information HERE

Trading with Europe – Business to Business
SEMLEP, 9 Mar 2021 - 10:00 am-11:00 am
More information HERE
Business Support Guide

Read our latest Business Support Guide and click on the link below.

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