High Street Diversification Fund Grant


Newark and Sherwood District Council has today launched a third round of its High Street Diversification Fund Grant, following the success of the first round and second round in October and December 2020.

This time the grant provides funding for local, independent high-street based retail/hospitality businesses to invest in sponsored social media advertising.

Both the first round and second round received nearly 120 successful applications from local businesses and Newark and Sherwood District Council is once again inviting any businesses, even if they applied for previous rounds, to apply for a grant of a max £125, which must be match funded.

Applications will be open for two weeks from Tuesday 19 January until 5pm on Thursday 28 January and will be based on a first come, first served basis.

Successful applications will receive a grant reference number and businesses will be responsible for ensuring advertising is used between February and April 2021. To receive the payment businesses must simply email copies of all invoices to economic.growth@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk by 5pm on May 31 2021.

Applications should be made on the Newark and Sherwood District Council website, using the online form here: https://selfservice.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/renderform.aspx?t=253&k=1EF293B9D2B2EFFFC486E91712B99CD6245C22F4

Business Support Grants Available


Financial grants are now available for businesses that were affected when Newark and Sherwood entered Tier 4 and the latest national lockdown from 5 January.

You have until 5pm on Friday, 29 January 2021 to apply.
Please make sure you read through the Scheme Guidance (PDF File, 478kb) before submitting your application.
We have already paid out more than 4 million pounds worth of financial support grants to 1,343 eligible businesses in Newark and Sherwood. 

Business Financial Support Tool

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses.  Use the Government's business financial support tool to see what support is available for you and your business.

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Start now: Business support search tool

Retail Assurance Scheme

Newark and Sherwood District Council have set up a Retail Assurance Scheme with local independent businesses to help reassure shoppers that businesses which are able to be open under the current restrictions are doing so safely. 

As part of the scheme, any local essential retailer able to open and offering a COVID-secure shopping system can choose to display the council’s Retail Assurance Certificate in their shop window. 

These certificates have been distributed to retailers meeting the COVID-secure criteria in Newark, Southwell, Edwinstowe and Ollerton by District Council officers and parish clerks. Officers will also be available to offer advice and support to any business.

The criteria for the Retail Assurance Scheme includes:

  • Having hand sanitiser available
  • mask wearing is required, unless a person is exempt
  • thorough cleaning is in place
  • the number of shoppers is limited
  • social distancing guidelines are in place
  • handled stock is quarantined
  • a gov.uk risk assessment has been completed

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