Business support

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Applications for this scheme are now closed.

On 12 January 2022 the Government published its amended guidance following the announcement of 21 December of a further £1 billion of support being made available for businesses. This national scheme is called the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG). 

To be eligible your business must be in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors, and offer in-person services where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises.

The application closure date for this scheme was 18 March 2022 and all payments must be issued by North Tyneside Council by 31 March 2022, as instructed by Central Government. 

Please can applicants keep correspondence to a minimum / urgent issues only, to enable us to process the applications as quickly as possible.

The One-off grant payments to be made to businesses with rateable properties (as at 30 Dec 2021) are as follows:

Rateable Value £15,000 or less will receive a £2,667 grant

Rateable Value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a £4,000 grant

Rateable Value £51,000 or more will receive a £6,000 grant

Additional Restrictions Grant

This grant is aimed at supporting businesses with fixed business costs that can demonstrate that they have been severely impacted by restrictions, or by the Omicron variant and are not eligible for the existing Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Applications for this scheme are now closed. Applications were considered on a first come first served basis within each priority until all funds were allocated. 

The criteria for the scheme can be found below. 

To be notified of future business support & grant schemes, please register to become a member of North Tyneside Business Forum



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North Tyneside Business Forum

North Tyneside Business Forum is the lead support organisation for the business community in North Tyneside; encouraging economic growth, employment, sustainability and corporate responsibility. Here to create a supportive network for businesses in North Tyneside and ensure local business is well connected and represented.

The Business Forum is managed by a group of local business people from across all sectors that have the needs of the local business community at heart. It's our committed aim to support all North Tyneside companies from the very smallest micro-business to the largest.

To be notified of future business support & grant schemes, please register to become a member of North Tyneside Business Forum. 

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Advice and financial assistance

North Tyneside Council's Business and Enterprise Team is committed to delivering a comprehensive programme to support your business. We offer business start-up advice, recruitment and training support, financial guidance and assistance with locating premises.

All business people, regardless of how much experience you have, benefit from someone to talk to about general business issues. If you are looking to expand or need advice on how to grow, we can help you achieve your objectives. We will listen to you and offer advice on issues such as how to access finance, employment issues and marketing.


National Covid-19 Grant Support 

As of 1 July 2021, all national Government grant schemes are now closed. This includes Local Restrictions Support Grants and Restart Grants. The North Tyneside Additional Restrictions Grant closed on Friday 7th May. 

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Business start-up

The Business Factory can help you to explore your abilities and look at the reality of starting a business.

Our team of advisers can work with you free of charge to build skills, provide expert knowledge to enable you to start a business. Services offered by the Business Factory include:

  • guidance with your business plan
  • help to find ideas and support to turn your passions, interests and skills into a business
  • business ideas - there are hundreds listed on The Business Factory website

Whatever stage you are at with your business idea, from just thinking about it, to being ready to start, our advisers will help.

Telephone: 0191 605 3110 

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Town Centre Business Support

Members of the Business & Enterprise team regularly attend town centre Chamber meetings in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay. We can support your town centre business with advice on property, vacancy rates and footfall figures.

Recruitment - Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart is a new Government initiative that provides funding to employers to create 6-month job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. Additional funding is available to employers to ensure the young person is fully supported and leaves the scheme prepared to enter work. You can find out more about the scheme here.

Employers who can offer 30 or more placements can apply directly to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  Those unable to offer 30 placements can apply through a Kickstart gateway.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is our recommended Kickstart Gateway and we actively encourage you to register your interest with them here

If you would like to chat to someone about creating a position and whether it is right for your business, please contact the Employment & Skills team on 0191 643 2111 or email

Operating Safely and Reporting Outbreaks

Our Public Health and Consumer Protection teams continue to be available to provide free advice and support to help businesses operate safely through the pandemic.

We can provide support to help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to keep your colleagues and customers safe. We can also offer advice on workplace testing, action to prevent an outbreak and what to do if your business does experience an outbreak. We would also urge businesses with two or more cases to report them to our Public Health team. You can contact the team via or by phoning 07813400000.

Our Consumer Protection team is also on hand to provide advice on the Government’s latest regulations, ensuring businesses are operating safely. Contact them via or call (0191) 643 7477. You can also find out more about the regulations from April 12 and advice via these videos, here.  

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Green and Environmental Support

Grants, resources, and support are available to assist your business to reduce its carbon footprint and become more sustainable. Please see our dedicated page for more information on the specific assistance available.

Grants, support and resources.

You can also learn more about North Tyneside Council’s aim to achieve carbon net zero by 2030 here.


Support to navigate all of the available support

Our Business Development Officer Vanessa Murphy can help guide you through all local, regional & national support available, matching you with the most appropriate connections to help you grow your business.

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