Support for businesses (Covid-19)

There’s lots of advice for business owners, self-employed and job seekers, please see our South and Vale Business Support website.

Financial support for businesses required to close due to targeted restrictions

The government recently announced that businesses in England required to close due to local Covid-19 targeted restrictions may now be able to receive grant funding to support them. 

Please note, this support only becomes available once a targeted restrictions have been declared.

To find out more about this scheme please visit our page on Financial support during Covid-19.

Do you own or have responsibility for a business premises in our district?

Our Environmental Health, Food & Safety Team have some specialist advice about how to ensure your safety and that of your staff, your customers and visitors to your premises following the lockdown owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

When the Government decides that you can reopen your business you must make arrangements to promote social distancing, traffic management and infection control.

Social distancing measures must apply equally to staff and to customers.  There must be sufficient staff available to manage any queues safely including related traffic management for takeaways, ‘click and collect’ services and ‘drive through’ facilities

Guidance for businesses, food retailers, takeaways and food delivery facilities 

There is important guidance for those businesses which are exempt from the Government’s recent regulations ordering non-essential businesses to close.

The Government’s website states clearly which businesses can stay open and which should be shut.

There is Government guidance for food businesses which can remain open.

If you run a business and are concerned whether your business can remain open or are converting your food business into a takeaway or delivery service and want more information on food hygiene please contact us on or leave a message on 01235 422403.

Council officers and Thames Valley Police will monitor compliance with the new business closure regulations. People who manage, own or run businesses and open when they are not exempt from the regulations can be prosecuted and subject to unlimited fines.

If you are concerned that a business in Vale of White Horse or South Oxfordshire districts is failing to comply please report it to the council by email to

We will treat all reports in confidence but request that you provide sufficient information to enable us to investigate your concerns.

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Contact us - Business rates

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0845 300 2839
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Vale of White Horse District Council
PO Box 161