COVID-19: Any specific information relating to Pembrokeshire will be updated at or How to apply for a Covid-19 test,

Business Advice and Support

Lockdown Business Fund

This is a fund to provide financial assistance to businesses that are facing operational and financial challenges caused by the national lockdown announced for Wales as a result of COVID-19. The purpose of the fund is to support businesses with cash flow support to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions put in place. 

The fund consists of two separate grants:

Lockdown Non Domestic Rate Grant

This grant is available to businesses liable for paying business rates.

Grant 1
A grant of £5,000 is being made available for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses that have been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) and occupy properties with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

Grant 2
A grant of £1,000 is being made available to all businesses eligible for small business rates relief (SBRR) in Wales with a rateable value of up to £12,000 (see guidance document for further detail).

  • Businesses eligible for small business rates relief that have been subject to local restrictions for 3 weeks or more and have been materially impacted (>50% reduction in turnover) up to the 23rd October will be eligible for a further grant of £1,000
  • and Businesses eligible for small business rates relief that have been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown will also be eligible for a further top up grant of £2,000 from their local authority.

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You are eligible for, or have received, the Lockdown Discretionary Grant from your Local Authority

You will need to be on the NDR rating list for your local authority on 1 September 2020 and will need to complete a simple registration form to receive this grant.

For further information on this grant please read the Lockdown Non Domestic Rate Grant Guidance Document.

Lockdown Discretionary Grant

Grant amount 1 - a discretionary grant of £1,500 is available to assist businesses that have:

  • Been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown
  • OR are able to demonstrate that the national firebreak lockdown will result in at least a 80% reduction in their turnover for that period

Grant amount 2 - a discretionary grant of £2,000 is available to assist businesses that have:

  • Been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown
  • OR are able to demonstrate that the national firebreak lockdown will result in at least a 80% reduction in their turnover for that period
  • AND have been subject to local restrictions for 3 weeks or more up to the 23rd October and experienced at least a 50% reduction in their turnover for that period.

You cannot apply for Grant 1 and Grant 2.

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You are eligible for, or have received, the Lockdown Non-Domestic Rate Grant from your Local Authority

For further information on this grant please read the Lockdown Discretionary Grant Guidance Document

Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

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**Applications will close at 5pm on the 20th November or when the fund is fully committed**

ID: 7088, revised 28/10/2020

Importing & Exporting Goods: Border Operating Model

On 1 January 2021 the transition period with the European Union will end, and the United Kingdom will operate a full, external border as a sovereign nation. This means that controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU.

To afford industry extra time to make necessary arrangements, the UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.

The UK Government have published a guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

ID: 7022, revised 12/10/2020

Freelancer Fund

This is a grant to provide financial assistance to freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors that are facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021. The grant seeks to complement other COVID-19 response measures to support organisations and businesses in Wales as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund.

The eligibility criteria for the grant is as follows:

  • Facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021;
  • Freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, who work in the four key sub sectors;
  • The Arts
  • Creative Industries
  • Arts and Heritage Events
  • Culture and Heritage
  • You must be operating in Wales;
  • You must be based within the local authority you are applying to.

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You have recently received funding from the Start-Up Grant launched in June 2020 to help new businesses survive the economic consequences of coronavirus (Covid-19);
  • You are a freelancer who works in the sport sector.

This funding is specifically for creative/cultural subsectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.Those in roles that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity (e.g. architects, graphic designers, games designers etc.) with or without support should not apply.

For further information on this grant please read the Freelancer Fund guidance notes Wales Cultural Recovery Fund - Freelancer Support.

The Freelancer Fund is open to applications from the 5th October 2020. To provide enough time for freelancers to apply we will be splitting the fund into two phases, with Phase 1 operating for a short period, and then followed shortly after by a second phase. A grant of £2,500 is available per individual and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

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ID: 6988, revised 05/10/2020

Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. To support businesses and organisations in Pembrokeshire to access the Kickstart scheme, Pembrokeshire County Council will become a representative for the scheme. As a representative we will partner with you to create the minimum requirement of 30 job opportunities for each application to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Pembrokeshire County Council, as a representative for the Kickstart scheme, will:

  • support you to create job opportunities for young people that meet the Kickstart scheme requirements
  • check your job opportunity is eligible for the scheme and submit an application to DWP
  • work with you to help you provide the information required by DWP to successfully claim payments from the scheme
  • claim the scheme funding from DWP and pass it on to you as the employer for the Kickstart job opportunity.

Additionally, Pembrokeshire County Council can offer services to help you to meet the jobsearch and training support requirements of the scheme.

If you are creating opportunities for a young person with a disability or health condition we can signpost you to advice on how the Access to Work scheme can support you as well.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

With the Kickstart scheme, you can create six-month job placements for young people aged 16-24 years who are on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements you create should encourage workers to develop skills and experience that will be useful to them in the jobs they undertake after the job placement.

How does the Kickstart scheme work?

Funding will cover 100 per cent of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week along with associated National Insurance contributions and the employer’s minimum automatic enrolment contributions.  You will need to provide evidence of this expenditure to reclaim from the scheme.

A sum of £1,500 per job is also available for set-up costs, support and training (there will be 4 staged payments, £1500 upon confirmation of start of the job, reimbursement of salary/associated costs at 3 and 6 months).

You’ll get the funding if your application is successful

Though the scheme itself isn’t an apprenticeship, young people can move onto an apprenticeship at any time during or after their placement.

Am I eligible?

Any business or organisation can apply for the funding, no matter the size, as long as the jobs that are being created are new.

They can’t replace existing or planned vacancies, nor can they cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

The roles that you create must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for six months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group, since 1 April 2020 the rate is:

21-24 Year Old Rate




18-20 Year Old Rate




16-17 Year Old Rate




National Minimum Wage 2020

  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
  • what’s more, each application should outline just how the placement will develop the young person’s skills and experience, including:
  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • support for the young person with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
  • once the placement has been created, it can be taken by someone else once the first applicant has completed their first six-month term.

How to apply

If you want to provide an opportunity through the Pembrokeshire County Council Kickstart representative scheme, you can register your interest online: PCC Kickstart 

If you need help with the process please let us know by contacting us through and one of our Business Liaison Officers will be in touch to provide support.

When you have submitted your interest for the scheme we will contact you to confirm the next steps.

What you need to provide for the expression of interest

You will need:

  •  Companies House reference number or Charity Commission number (if applicable)
  • your organisation address and contact details
  • details of the job placements and their location
  • supporting information to show that the job placements are new jobs and meet the Kickstart Scheme criteria
  • information about the support the organisation can give to develop employability skills of young people

If you need support to understand or meet the requirements of the scheme please contact our Business Liaison Officers by emailing





ID: 6964, revised 25/09/2020

Using the Welsh Language in Your Business

Helo Blod is a free, fast and friendly Welsh translation and advice service that will help you use more Welsh in your business. Using just a little bit of Cymraeg can make a big difference to your business.

From translating menus, business cards or signage, to advice on making your website bilingual – Helo Blod is here to support you!

Helo Blod can provide:

  • free translations – Helo Blod can translate up to 500 words per month for you, completely free of charge
  • text checking – Helo Blod can check 1,000 words per year for free, so you have the peace of mind that the materials you’re producing in Welsh are correct
  • advice and guidance – Helo Blod can offer practical advice, guidance and support to help your business use a little (or a lot) of Welsh, and if you need anything extra, Helo Blod will put you in touch with someone who can help - just ask Blod!
  • merchandise – Helo Blod can send out useful goodies like lanyards and badges, which let your customers know you have staff who can speak or are learning Welsh

So what are you waiting for? Just pop over to our website and start making the most of Helo Blod’s services today or e-mail


ID: 6930, revised 15/09/2020

Café Culture Grant

This grant (up to max of £1,000) is in response to the issues faced in town centres as a result of the Covid – 19 pandemic. It is designed to ensure that our town centres are working safely in order to support the long-term viability of businesses

This funding is being made available up to a maximum intervention rate of 80%, retrospectively from the 26th June 2020 for town centre businesses.

If your application is approved you must then purchase the equipment and provide receipts to support your claim before payment is released by the Council.

Projects proposed should consider the following:

  • Outdoor awnings, canopies, igloo bubbles, outdoor heating, marquee coverings
  • Outdoor tables, chairs and seating provision. Outdoor screening, bollards, planters, litter bins
  • Outdoor servery facilities
  • Social distancing measures

All furniture and equipment must be in accordance with the Design Guide.

Applications can be considered where projects obtain Café Culture consent.

There may be compliance with Street Licencing, Planning Requirements and Highway Consent, where required. For information and advice email

Who can apply?

Grants are available for independent and small to medium-sized enterprises that hold a pavement café licence. If you do not have a licence you can apply here 

Eligible areas for this grant are the town centres of Haverfordwest, Tenby, Saundersfoot, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, St Davids, Fishguard and Goodwick, Milford Haven, Narberth, Neyland, Newport, Crymych and St Dogmaels (refer to the town maps). In addition, businesses located within the hinterland to the town centre, with potential to support and feed off town centre footfall will be considered on their merits for support.

In addition, your business must:

• hold public liability insurance that covers outdoor trading
• not be a chain or multinational business group

Retrospective grant applications will be considered providing the items/works were ordered on or after 26th June and comply with the suitability requirements.

Download the Café Culture Grant Application and email it to to apply.

Café Culture Grant - Privacy Notice

Do you still have questions? Download our Frequently asked questions here: FAQ Café Culture Grant

ID: 6826, revised 09/10/2020

Help for Businesses – COVID 19

Business Support Finder Tool

UK Government ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Use the Business Support Finder Tool

Economic Resilience Fund

Following the First Minister’s announcement of a short firebreak, the Economic Resilience Fund is being enhanced to almost £300m, which includes an extra £150m to support to businesses affected by the firebreak. It also includes an additional £20m to the £80m fund already announced to help businesses develop in the longer term, of which £20m has been ring-fenced for tourism and hospitality.

The third phase of ERF also includes a Lockdown Business Fund which will be delivered by local authorities to eligible businesses of:

  • Every business occupying a property with a rateable value of £12,001 or less will be eligible for a £1,000 payment. 
  • Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses forced to close during the firebreak lockdown period occupying a property with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000 will be eligible for a £5,000 payment.
  • A discretionary £2,000 top-up grant will be made available on an application basis for those businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or less who are forced to close by the firebreak lockdown.
  • A further discretionary £1,000 grant will be made available to businesses on the same basis where they are materially affected by local lockdown measures for 21 days or more prior to the start of the firebreak lockdown period.

Cultural Recovery Fund

The latest funding is part of the Welsh Government’s £53 million package to support the culture and arts sectors which are coping with a dramatic loss of revenue as a result of the pandemic. Visit here for more details.

Welsh Government Financial Support and Grants

See more details and how to apply: Business Wales Financial Support and Grants

Business Rates

Businesses in the Hospitality, leisure and retail sectors with a Rateable Value of below £500,000 are eligible for 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2020/2021.

Support for Employees

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme November 2020 - April 2021

Under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying their employees’ salary for those who would otherwise have been laid off due to COVID-19.

Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.

Statutory Sick Pay Support

For more information: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Support for the Self Employed

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (claim on or before 19 October 2020)

For more information: Self Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension

The grant extension is for self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and are actively continuing to trade, but are facing reduced demand due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Further financial Support

Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme

Details of the fund, eligibility and application process can be found on: Development Bank of Wales

*Important update* Due to the unprecedented volumes of applications the Development Bank of Wales is now fully subscribed for the Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme. 

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

For more information: Business Interruption Loan Scheme 

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

For more information: Apply for a Coronvirus Bounce Back Loan 

Support for Fisheries Sector

For more information: Welsh Government: Grant to help Fishing Sector

Food Safety Standards

Information for Businesses open during Coronavirus

BT: Small Business Support Scheme

Information for Small Business Support Scheme 

Kickstart Grant

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Covid 19 Innovation Support

Ensuring that your business is COVID-19 safe and compliant while remaining productive and profitable can feel like a huge challenge. But help is available, at no cost to manufacturing businesses in Wales, through SMART Innovation programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

From helping your business to operate safely and meet the necessary guidelines, to working with you to identify other opportunities to make your company more productive and profitable, SMART Innovation is here to help. Make your business safe, efficient and productive today. 

Hundreds of businesses have already benefited from the SMART Innovation programme.

Find out more now:

*The UK Government has guaranteed funding for European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects until programme closure.


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We would also like to hear from businesses in order that we can understand how much support is required.


Contact us via email via


Useful links and other support available: Useful Links


ID: 6161, revised 27/10/2020

Pembrokeshire preparing for Brexit

Pembrokeshire County Council is working with the Welsh Government, the Welsh Local Government Association and other organisations to prepare for the ending of the UK’s membership of the European Union. 

Our aim is to minimise any potential for Brexit to negatively affect Council services, and the county’s businesses and residents.

Among the things we are doing are:

We have assigned an officer who will co-ordinate the Council’s response to Brexit;

  • We have identified Brexit as a key corporate risk, and we are working to understand as best we can its consequences for the Council and for Pembrokeshire;
  • We are monitoring national events to understand likely Brexit scenarios, and using this information to develop and update a Corporate Brexit Strategy and other key strategic documents such as the Medium Term Financial Plan;
  • We are working with all our services to understand the consequences of Brexit and to put in place contingency measures;
  • We are working as a partner in the Dyfed Powys Local Resilience Forum to prepare multi-agency solutions to the challenges Brexit could pose;
  • We are engaging with national Brexit planning groups, for instance on health and social care.

Things that we plan to do are:

  • Disseminate accurate and reliable information on Brexit to businesses, communities and people in Pembrokeshire, or signpost where information can be found;
  • Provide information and support to our employees who are from other EU member states and who may need to make use of the EU Settlement Scheme;
  • Ensure all the Council’s EU funded projects are completed and closed in compliance with all applicable regulations;
  • Consider how to assist parts of Pembrokeshire’s economy, society or environment that may be disproportionately affected by Brexit;
  • Work with other interested parties to ensure that replacement regional funds are made available and that the programmes to deliver them are suited to Pembrokeshire’s needs and opportunities.

Contact us


Useful links

Note: Pembrokeshire County Council takes no responsibility for the content of external websites.

Welsh Government – Brexit “One Stop Shop”

UK Government


Other South West Wales Organisations

Carmarthenshire County Council

Ceredigion County Council

Hywel Dda University Health Board


EU Settled Status

Non-governmental links (see Welsh Government above for governmental links)

Citizens Advice

 The 3 Million


 Brexit related consultations

Note: Pembrokeshire County Council takes no responsibility for the content of external websites.


Welsh Government: Amendments to Welsh food legislation

BEIS: The future of UK carbon pricing

Marine and fisheries policies for Wales after Brexit


National Assembly for Wales External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee: Changes to freedom of movement after Brexit- the implications for wales

Survey for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.  The Settlement Scheme: Is it working in Wales? 

Closes: 10 September 2019

Welsh Government: Revised proposals for supporting Welsh farmers after Brexit

Closes: 30 October 2019

Home Offie: Future Skills Based Immigration System White Paper:

Closes: December 2019


ID: 5510, revised 13/10/2020

Trading Concession Opportunities


Pembrokeshire is an area of outstanding beauty that includes award winning beaches, castles, ancient sites and coastal national park. This stunning backdrop offers exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs and local businesses to develop trading opportunities.

We offer a number of trading concession opportunities located across the County and welcome applications for these. We also welcome expressions of interest in developing new concession opportunities.

Concessions offered

Trading concessions are a type of contract between contracting authorities/entities and suppliers.

Examples of current trading concessions are:

  • an ice-cream concession at a beach site: selling ice-creams from a van/unit
  • a cafe concession: a café being run from a Council building such as a library or leisure centre

Where are concession opportunities advertised?

Concession opportunities are advertised on Sell2Wales.

This website was set up by the Welsh Government and aims to help businesses find contracts that are offered by the public sector across Wales.

A 'search for contracts' page provides a simple way for your business to find opportunities to provide goods, works or services to the public sector.  You can search using key words, by location, or by notices (current opportunities, future opportunities or contract results).  You could search, for example, using just the key word 'Concession'.  Alternatively, you could search by the key word 'Concession' and select the location you wish to search in such as 'South West Wales' to see what types of concession opportunities there are in that location.

If you are interested in a particular concession contract that is advertised, you will then need to submit the information requested by the deadline.

When are concession opportunities advertised?

This will depend on the type of concession opportunity. Some concession contracts are seasonal and run during the busier periods of the year, some annual and some may be awarded for a number of years. Typically, contracts are advertised at least a month before they are due to commence. There is a facility on Sell2Wales to be notified of new tendering opportunities that match the business categories that you are interested in.

Do you have a trading concession idea?

If you would like to express your interest in pursuing a new trading concession at a particular site within Pembrokeshire you will need to complete the Expression of Interest Form

Key contacts

For further information or for an informal chat with one of our officers please call 01437 764551 and ask to speak to an officer about trading concession opportunities or email providing details of what you would like to discuss along with your contact details.


 Privacy Notice - Concessions Contract

ID: 5098, revised 18/05/2020

Food Business Advice

The following links provide basic advice on food safety and standards compliance and should be used as a starting point for your business.


Leaflet Link
Food Hygiene and Your Business Food Hygiene - A Guide for Businesses
Starting up: your first steps to running a catering business Starting Up
Food Hygiene Trainers


Food Hygiene Rating : Good hygiene is good for your business


Food business registration Registration-of-Food-Premises
Food safety management systems, including Safer Food Better Business Food-Safety-Management-Systems 
Provision of allergen information Provision of allergen information
Lets Stop The Block Poster

Additional Advice for Specific Types of Business


ID: 481, revised 11/10/2018

Social Enterprise and Third Sector

Help for Social Businesses, Charities and Community Groups

Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus emergency fund

Will help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. 
A link to the fund is here
This fund is currently paused, as applications to date have exceeded funding available. This will be reviewed as applications are processed.


Corona Virus Community Resilience Fund

Administered by Community Foundation Wales, this fund has been established to assist groups and organisations providing services and support to individuals and families, whether singly or collectively, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A link to the fund is here -


Creative Wales Fund - Now Fully Allocated

This will provide support for grassroots music venues to respond to immediate pressures (up to £25,000 per business), and additional support for the TV and publishing sectors to allow them to consider future opportunities. Examples will include working on new content ideas for TV and new digital experiences. 
Once available the fund will be found here


Development Bank of Wales

The Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales have announced the £100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
A link to the relevant website is here


Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available. The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications until 30 June 2020.
A link to the fund is here


Sport Resilience Fund

This fund will be used to support sports clubs and partner networks which play a role in ensuring the nation is able to remain active and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that sport brings.
The fund will be led by Sport Wales and a link to the fund is here


WCVA Fast Track Loans

Loans will be tailored to each applicant’s individual needs in terms of amount, term and repayment profile. They start with a blank piece of paper – what do you need? What best suits you in terms or repayments? The application process is minimal and the majority of organisations being approved will see money in their bank accounts within 7 days of submitting a completed application (subject to prompt signature of documentation).  
The link to the application process is here


Young Entrepreneurs

The Prince's Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs whose businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Enterprise Relief Fund aims to help 18-30-year olds keep their businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. To be eligible, businesses must have started up in the last four years and be run by someone aged 18 to 30. Young people who are in the process of starting a business and do not have any other source of income during the crisis are also eligible to apply for a grant. 
A link to the application process is here


Third Sector Resilience Fund

This fund is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income.  This is a Wales-wide support fund for those affected by COVID19 and specifically tailored for the voluntary sector, to complement the various other schemes already announced here and UK-wide.
Link to scheme here -


Voluntary Services Emergency Funding

The purpose of this fund is to enable those providing vital support to groups such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc so that they can be supported during this time.  Grants will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000.
A link to the scheme is here


The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants

The Federation have secured £325,000 in funding to create a COVID-19 Resilience grant scheme for Welsh museums and heritage attractions.
Find out more at  


COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.
Find out more at


The Barclays Foundation – COVID-19 Community Aid Package

Barclays have announced a new £100m package of funding, initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.
The full announcement can be found at


Arts Council of Wales – Stabilisation Fund for Organisations

For arts organisations working in the not-for-profit sector in Wales who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to Coronavirus. The fund opens for applications from Tuesday 21 April 2020 until Friday 8 May 2020.
Find out more at 


In This Together – Community Matters Fund

This £500k fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within Western Power Distribution’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations. Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support. Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000.
Further guidance can be found at  


Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

The fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations.
Full details can be found at


The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500, £100,000 total is available in this first round of funding. The fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural businesses and rural communities.
Find out more at


Moondance Covid-19 Relief Fund

Moondance Foundation have made additional funds available specifically to support organisations to continue their operations during the Covid-19 crisis.
Find out more at


Funding support for clubs during COVID-19

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales.
More information on who can apply, how to apply is available here


The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants

Grants are available for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Small charities tackling the impact of Covid-19 can apply for our funding towards their ongoing core costs.
Find out more at


The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Up to £5,000 is available to small and medium sized charities working to improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales. Applications can be submitted between 16 March and 28 April 2020, with grants for successful applicants being as soon as possible after the closing date.
Find out more at


Wooden Spoon Emergency Support

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, has pledged £200,000 to support small charities helping vulnerable children during the COVID-19 crisis.

The national charity with a strong local footprint will provide funds to children’s charities in communities across the UK and Ireland that are struggling to run essential services due a reduction in funding caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of the Wooden Spoon regional volunteer groups will receive £5,000 in funds generated through The Telegraph Christmas Appeal 2019 and funds raised by Wooden Spoon’s long-standing corporate supporter Rugbytots.

Charities eligible for the funding will provide essential services to vulnerable children and young people in local communities across the UK & Ireland and will not be supported by Government funding.
Find out more at:


Public sector support for charities

The Welsh Government have announced that small charities within the retail, leisure and hospitality sector will receive a £10,000 business support grant. This will apply to properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or below, and includes charity-run shops, sports premises and community centres.
Further information can be accessed here


Barclays Bank is making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19. The programme will focus on supporting charities which are meeting the immediate needs of people in our communities, including low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers. UK registered charities are invited to apply for a donation to support their relief work by the closing date of Friday 22 May, 2020.
See .


Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards Open for 2020

Giving up to £1m to charities through two funding phases. Phase 1 – 500 charities will each receive £1,000 and launches today.
A link is here . Phase 2 will be launching later this summer.


The Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

As the UK deals with coronavirus, the Swimathon Foundation are aware that the swimming and aquatics community faces a very difficult time with the closure of swimming facilities across the UK. The Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund (the “Fund”) has been established to offer grant funding for small organisations working in the swimming and aquatic community in the UK. Through grants made from the Fund, it wishes to support existing small swimming and aquatics organisations so that they may continue to operate in these especially difficult times.


Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund COVID 19 Impact Program

There is £6 million funding for the Armed Forces charities and Community Interest Companies who are delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families and others from the Armed Forces community.  Grants of up to £60k (£125k in exceptional circumstances) are being awarded. Check out the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund website for full details and to apply.  Closing date 29 May 2020.
A link is here


Independent Age Grants Fund

Reaching older people most likely to be missing out – now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone in the UK, but this is particularly true for our older generation who remain amongst the most affected. Before coronavirus struck the nation, Independent Age was exploring how to strengthen collaboration with older people and local organisations with the aim of shaping a more active role in supporting communities. The trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

The Grants Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. In each round we will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.
A link is here


Tampon Tax

The £15 million fund is intended for charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations across the UK with projects directly benefit disadvantaged women and girls, tackle violence and support their mental health and wellbeing.
A link to the fund is here


Funding for Domestic Abuse national services:

The Home Office has now published the guidance for a £2 million fund for domestic abuse services. The fund will be aimed at:

•         Organisations which provide a national service (i.e. covering all of England and/or Wales).
•         Organisations where the supported victims are very geographically dispersed over multiple Police and Crime Commissioner areas, and/or no one Police and Crime Commissioner area is the clear base for the majority of victims.
•         Umbrella or second tier organisations.
•         Organisations which do capacity building, or which support other organisations to support victims and survivors. This includes those supporting the police in their response to domestic abuse. It also includes those supporting local authorities or other statutory bodies.

Details can be found through this link


Domestic Abuse local services:

The Ministry of Justice have also launched a further part of the domestic abuse funding, involving:

•         £10 million for domestic abuse services which are already commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners; and
•         £5 million for domestic abuse services which are not currently commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners

Details can be found through this link


Sexual Abuse local services:

The Ministry of Justice has also now launched:

•         £5 million of funding for sexual violence services, covering organisations already commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners and those which are not currently commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners; and
•         A separate £5 million fund for organisations which are already funded through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund (RSF).

Details can be found through this link


National Lottery Fund

Are prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
A link to the Wales fund for project between £300 - £10,000 is here
A link to the Wales fund for projects over £10,000 is here


Lloyds Bank Foundation

Lloyds Bank Foundation has redesigned its funding programme to better meet the needs that charities are facing due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. Existing grant holders can apply for grants of £5,000 to £15,000, from the new £2 million COVID-19 React Fund. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 17 June 2020. New applicants who are meeting the needs of critically vulnerable people in their communities will be able to apply for funding once the Foundation launches a new grants programme later in the summer.
Further information can be found here


World Environment Day

To mark World Environment Day, the Welsh Government have opened applications to two new funds which will help people across Wales create places for nature in their own communities, once the nation looks to move beyond the current pandemic. These are:
•            The National Forest Community Woodland Grant Fund a link to which is here   
•            Local Places for Nature Capital Fund, to help communities and organisations fulfil their role in responding to the climate emergency.
A link to which is here


Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is now open and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, and operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.
A link to the fund is here


Art Fund

The Art Fund is providing Respond and Reimagine grants to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.
Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 are available, and a link to the fund is here


NLCF’s Emerging Futures Fund – Short Application Window

This new fund from the National Lottery Community Fund aims to give communities and civil society organisations across the UK ‘the space, resource and additional expertise to step back [from COVID-19] and ask questions, imagine alternatives and gather to shape the emerging future’.
There is a total of £1 million for this fund over three to six months. Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations that are based and working within the UK. The funding is for three different types of work:
•        Exploring new narratives, perspectives and community storytelling
•        Community foresight and public imagination
•        Investing in strong signals of transformation.
A link to the fund is here


Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme – Application window now open

The Home Office Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open to places of worship and associated faith community centres across England and Wales. 
Further details of the funding scheme and how to apply are provided via this link


Coastal Communities Fund Invites New Bids

The Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund aims to support the development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and the creation of jobs, so that people are better able to respond to the changing economic needs and opportunities in their area.

It is anticipated that a total of £3.7 million will be awarded to successful projects, subject to final Crown Estate marine revenue income. Applicants can apply for individual grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 per organisation. This initial idea phase will be open from between 16 June 2020 until the deadline of noon on Friday 2 October 2020.  
A link to the fund is here


Social & Community Capital

In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Social & Community Capital has launched a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund to provide some support for social enterprises, charities and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.

The funding aims to bridge the income gap so that organisations survive the crisis and continue to have a positive impact in their communities. Grants can be used to fund usual business activities or help to adapt their delivery model to coronavirus constraints. These grants are unrestricted and can be used for any purpose, including core costs. A total of £1 million is being made available with one-off unrestricted grants of between £5,000 and £50,000. The grant must not exceed 25% of the organisation's annual turnover or £50,000. Applications will be considered from organisations with the following legal structures: Community Interest Company (CIC), Company Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Society, Co-operative Society, Unincorporated association, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Charitable Trusts, Registered Charity.
A link to the fund is here:


Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is now open for applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK. To be eligible, applicants must:
•        Be helping those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, distress or other disadvantages in the UK.
•        Be looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need. This can include repairing run-down buildings and decorating the homes of people living with illness and disability. Projects should be environmentally friendly.
A link to the fund is here:


Football Foundation

Football clubs and organisations that manage their own building and have a minimum 12 months security of tenure can apply for grants from a new £2.19 million funding pot, allowing them to make necessary changes and modifications to their premises before reopening. Two types of funding will be available:
•        Protect - Grants of between £300 and £5,000 are available to protect clubs and community organisations that are at immediate financial risk and need support to cover such costs.
•        Prepare - Grants of between £300 and £50,000 are available to help prepare clubs and community organisations or groups to restart, respond to, or grow participation, in direct response to COVID-19.
A link to the fund is here -


Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

The one-off £10 million Charity Survival Fund has been set up by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust in response to their ongoing concern about the economic impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on the nation’s charities. The grant funding aims to help small and medium-sized UK registered charities who are struggling with a loss of income in the current financial year due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted from UK registered charities with a beneficial area within the UK and an income of less than £5 million. Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities in the areas prioritised by the Trust: health and wellbeing, welfare and education, arts and culture.

The funding is intended to support core costs of the charity in its usual work (though this may include revised ways of working due to coronavirus/COVID-19 and learnings during lockdown), it should not be for expansionary work or new projects. This may include salary costs of core staff being brought back from furlough (not project-related posts).

Grants of between £1,000 and £250,000 are available.
A link to the fund is here -


Sustainable Management Scheme - Supporting Natura 2000 Restoration

The Sustainable Management Scheme - Supporting Natura 2000 Restoration aims to support landscape-scale capital investment, delivering action to improve the condition of Natura 2000 sites around Wales by March 2021. Natura 2000 is a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types which are protected in their own right. The scheme has been set up in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which the Welsh Government says has brought a spotlight on the value of nature and the importance of access to the natural environment to health and wellbeing.

The minimum grant will be £10,000 and the maximum will be £4 million. The Welsh Government expects the majority of bids to be in the range of £50,000 - £500,000, however, this does not preclude applications for smaller projects with a minimum value of £10,000 or large collaborative multiple projects in excess of £500,000.
A link to the fund is here -


Nationwide Building Society Community Grants – Applications Close 31 July

Nationwide Building Society is providing £4 million in funding in 2020 to help people find a home, prevent them from losing their home or help them to thrive at home. UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives wanting to make a difference in their local area can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. The funding period is between one and two years. The grant can be used to fund a maximum of 25% of the organisation’s annual income. This means that if an organisation’s income is £100,000 a year, it can apply for a maximum grant of £25,000. For two-year projects this can be for each year. A combined income will be accepted for partnership projects.
A link to the site is here:


Lloyds Bank Foundation’s New COVID Recovery Fund Opens for Applications

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales launched a new £7.4 million COVID Recovery Fund on 3 August to support small and medium sized charities in England and Wales that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. The Fund will provide 140 charities with a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside the support of a Development Partner to help identify and act on any organisational challenges they are facing. To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, a minimum of 25% of the grants will be awarded to charities led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
Applications will open from 10am 3rd August 2020 and will close at 5pm 11th September 2020.
More information can be found here


People Postcode Lottery

Local charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £20,000. A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities to community groups and social enterprises, can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. The grants are available through three different trusts, all of which are funded by our players. Each trust supports projects focused on specific themes:

•        People's Postcode Trust wants applications from projects aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and the prevention of poverty. More information can be found here
•        Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities, including arts and physical recreation projects, as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation. More information can be found here
•        Postcode Local Trust provides funding to groups that are dedicated to improving outdoor space, in addition to increasing access to it. Groups working on flood prevention measures and looking to implement renewable energy strategies are also eligible to apply. More information can be found here

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications for Round 2 will be accepted from 4 August to 19 August 2020.



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Advice and support for your business

Pembrokeshire is  home to many  small and medium sized enterprises.  As a county we have a diverse range of businesses ranging from our traditional sectors of tourism and agriculture to energy and engineering businesses plus creative, media and manufacturing businesses.

The Council's business support team works to provide a high standard of advice and support to businesses, individuals and other organisations. 

It aims to foster a successful enterprising and entrepreneurial culture within the Pembrokeshire economy. 

Targeted support is provided for specific business sectors to assist the development of viable projects and the creation of employment.   

Email for more information.

General advice


Start Up advice


HMRC Starting your own business - e-learning package (advice on tax and National Insurance Issues)


Food Development

The Food Development Team provides support for the agri-food sector and can provide advice on marketing opportunities and the supply chain for retail, direct sale and hospitality businesses.

Working with industry partners, the team is a resource for both the public and the trade on local food and drink.  Activities include:

  • Organising Pembrokeshire Fish Week
  • Organising business to business and consumer events
  • Organising the annual Grow It, Cook It, Eat It event with local schools
  • Supporting local food festivals
  • Producing a biennial food and drink trade directory
  • Producing an annual tourism food guide (online and hard copy)
  • Managing the Pembrokeshire Produce Mark identity scheme
  • Managing the Haverfordwest Farmers' Market

Food and Drink


Bridge Innovation Centre



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Pembrokeshire in Business

Pembrokeshire is home to many small and medium sized enterprises. As a county we have a diverse range of businesses ranging from our traditional sectors of tourism and agriculture to energy and engineering plus creative, media and manufacturing businesses.

The Council's business support team works to provide a high standard of advice and support to businesses, individuals and other organisations.

It aims to foster a successful enterprising and entrepreneurial culture within the Pembrokeshire economy.

Marine Energy Pembrokeshire

Marine Energy Pembrokeshire has been set up to provide information and promote Pembrokeshire as a Hub for Marine Renewables. This website will become a "one stop shop" for developers, investors and the public wanting to know more about the projects, the resource, consenting, funding, research and infrastructure. 

Swansea Bay City Region

The Swansea Bay City Region encompasses the four local authority areas of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. 

Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme 

Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone

Enterprise Zones are geographical areas that support new and expanding businesses by providing a first class business infrastructure and compelling incentives.

Contact the business support team on 01437 776167 for further information, help and advice.

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Financial support for your business

Finding financial support to start and grow your business is always a challenge.  There are many different types of finance to suit your business and your project.  It may well be that a combinations of options are better than any single source.

There are few questions you will need to consider before you are able to consider which is the right source of finance for your business.  How much you need, for what purpose and over what period, as well as the security you have to offer and the experience of the business and management will play a part in who is willing to invest in you.

Before you consider approaching funders it is a good idea to review and update your business plan.

In Pembrokeshire, we have worked together with a number of organisations to provide financial assistance options.

General Advice


Pembrokeshire Lottery


Small Steps to Enterprise - Financial support for Under 25 years

Small Steps to Enterprise


Flexible business finance from £1,000 up to £5,000,000 is available  from the Development Bank of Wales, AND businesses located within the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone are eligible for a reduced rate of interest.

Development Bank of Wales

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Recruitment and employment

People are the key element of every business.  Finding the right people to work in your business, training them and then retaining them to develop their potential will drive success for your organisation.

Pembrokeshire County Council can help you write the job specification, advertise the role and then shortlist candidates.  Once you have a successful candidate we can help gather references and do background checks to ensure they meet your standards.  We can support your new employee with pre-employment training and get you off on the right foot with employment contracts and inductions for new employees.

A number of special initiatives are available to support those who have been made redundant and those who are under 25 years old.

Contact the business support team on 01437 776167 for further information.


Advice on recruitment and retention of staff

Workways plus

01437 776609

Business Wales

General advice on recruitment


Futureworks - employment programmes


Job Centre - job opportunities and employment support


Redundancy - ReAct - support for employing someone who has been made redundant


Jobs Growth Wales - support for employing someone 16-24 years old



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Training and development for Business

The success of your businesses relies on the development of your team.  Whether it be customers service skills or welding, you will always have an eye for the future of your business and the skills you need to deliver.

By investing in training and development your workforce will become more flexible.  They will become more productive and by offering people the chance to gain new skills, your staff retention will improve too.

Pembrokeshire County Council is committed to support skills development and works with other partners to deliver a number of projects to support for specific sectors and skills.

Contact the business support team on 01437 776167 for further information.


General Advice

Business Wales

Learning Pembrokeshire

WorkWays  01437 776609

Social Care Workforce Development

Food Hygiene Training


Energy Sector Workforce Development


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Licensing Advice

The Licensing Team issues licences, registrations and permits for a wide range of activities with the aim of ensuring the safety of the public.

Once a licence has been issued, we carry out inspection visits to licensed premises and checks on licensed vehicles. We work closely with dyfed-powys and the mawwfire to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of licences as well as any other relevant legislation. We also have monitoring systems in place to detect and prevent unlicensed activities.

As well as this enforcement regime, we also take part in education and information initiatives for licensees and their staff aimed at improving their awareness of public safety issues.

For information and application forms with respect to specific licences and permits, please select the appropriate link.

For further information/advice on any of the above please contact:

  • Licensing 01437 764551

All application forms/ Correspondence should be addressed to:

Public Protection Division
Pembrokeshire County Council
County Hall
SA61 1TP


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Planning Advice

The environment around us requires careful management to ensure that development is sustainable. The Council has responsibilities for preparing the development plan, development control, building control, enforcement, public rights of way, common land and biodiversity.

In this section you'll find further details of these planning services, together with frequently asked questions, downloadable planning guidance, and regularly updated lists of applications received and decisions made.

You can search and track the progress of a planning application (opens new window)

Comment or object to a planning application

Please note that the Council is the local planning authority for all areas of Pembrokeshire outside of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Planning enquiries relating to land within the National Park should be directed to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Pembrokeshire County Council works in partnership with the Planning Portal to provide services and information about the planning service.

Click on the link for more information about the Planning Portal and Pembrokeshire-specific direct links to named services 

ID: 478, revised 29/09/2017

Tourism Advice

Our Tourism Services department can provide information on a wide range of topics including Advice for Tourism Businesses; Who’s Who in tourism; Pembrokeshire Tourism Strategy; research papers; statistics; occupancy surveys and tourism business surveys.

Current advice to the Visitor Economy

The purpose of this guidance is to inform businesses working in the visitor economy in Wales of ongoing legal restrictions and requirements related to the coronavirus, and to help them re-open when this is allowed. It is available to download in full from the Business Wales website.

The following guidance is current as at 29 June 2020 and will be reviewed in the event of any changes. 

The current proposals at the last review on 19 June, which are subject to change, envisage re-opening the visitor economy as follows:

6 July 2020


Outdoor visitor attractions

Ministers will lift the requirement on 6 July if the conditions continue to be favourable.

Lifting of current requirement to stay local will mean people are able to travel around Wales and will allow outdoor visitor attractions to open again, subject to strict social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.

13 July 

Reopening self-contained holiday accommodation

Options for reopening and a final decision will be made at the next review of the regulations on 9 July.

Bookings can be made for stays after 13 July, but this is at people’s own risk and they should check with the accommodation provider before they book.

This includes any accommodation that is entirely self-contained, e.g. holiday cottages, holiday caravans including modern touring caravans and motorhomes and some glamping accommodation with their own kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use.

To be confirmed

Camping and caravanning; Indoor visitor attractions; *Pubs, bars and restaurants; and other businesses in the visitor economy

 (*Pubs, bars and restaurants – a fast track review is being undertaken)

ID: 480, revised 16/07/2020