Information for businesses

Business Toolkit

are you ready to reopenHarborough District Council has produced a business toolkit which includes a series of documents to help your business reopen safely. The toolkit includes information about social distancing, queuing, payments, staffing, hygiene, fire safety and more. Please click on the links below to download the business toolkit documents.


Are you ready to reopen?

In line with the Government’s roadmap, reopening non-essential retail is the next step towards restoring people’s livelihoods, restarting the UK’s economy, and ensuring vital public services like the NHS continue to be funded.

In accordance with Government guidelines,  non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines.

Please find below useful information to help businesses reopen and stay safe across Harborough District. These links will be reviewed and updated in line with evolving Government advice.


Reopening information and guidance for pubs and restaurants


Tourism toolkit

You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance.

The campaign has been designed to support tourism recovery as businesses get ready and begin to reopen, reassure visitors, build consumer confidence and encourage them to visit responsibly. 

Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.


Business Rates and Grants

The government has announced support for businesses in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Following the notification from the Government regarding changes to support businesses via business rate bills and grants, Harborough District Council will prioritise administering the changes following receipt of the relevant government legislation enabling them to do so.  


Discretionary Grants for businesses

Applications for discretionary grants opened on the Wednesday, 3rd June 2020 and closed on Wednesday, 17th June 2020.

Please note that the Discretionary Grants for businesses is now closed for applications. 


Grant application forms

Complete Small Business Grant Fund    Complete Retails, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund

Important note: you will only be able to complete these forms once you have been contacted by Harborough District Council and you have been given your unique details.

The link above will take you to the The North West Leicestershire District Council’s website. When completing the forms, please:

  • follow the form instructions
  • select Harborough District Council


Food related guidance

Whether registered or not all food produced, stored or distributed outside of a family setting must be done so in accordance with food hygiene legislation and safe to eat. Further advice and guidance on food hygiene can be obtained from:


You can visit the LLEP Business Gateway website for information and to get in touch with a business adviser.

Please check the GOV.UK page for more information and updates. This information is accurate as of the 28th May.