COVID-19: Any specific information relating to Pembrokeshire will be updated at

Business Advice and Support

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

Start up Grant

The purpose of the grant is to support newly created businesses with immediate cash flow support to help them survive the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. The grant seeks to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales. A grant of £2,500 is available to assist newly created businesses that have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

This grant can only be claimed by businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Started trading between 1st April 2019 and 1st March 2020
  • Forecast annual turnover less than £50,000
  • Not in receipt of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, Economic Resilience Fund or the Business Rate Grant
  • Businesses must be operating in Wales

Businesses must have one or more of the following:

  • HMRC Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number
  • VAT Registration Number or a VAT exemption certificate
  • Written correspondence confirming registration with HMRC
  • Have experienced a drop in turnover greater than >50% as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak between April and June 2020
  • Supported businesses must aim to maintain employment for 12 months
  • Only one application per businesses

Businesses can apply for the grant by accessing the Economic Resilience Fund Eligibility Checker on the Business Wales website If eligible you will be directed to your local authority website where you will be able to access the application form.

Welsh Government Business Grants (Business rates paying premises only)


Welsh Government has announced a £1.4bn support package for all businesses listed on the business rates register.

The Business Grant has 3 different components.

  • For retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales, a grant of £25,000 will be offered for businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.
  • For all other sectors the Welsh Government package also provides a £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.
  • All ratepayers eligible for charitable relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief, operating in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors occupying properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

Covid-19 Financial Support for Individuals 


State Aid Update: 30 April 2020 (State Aid explanation in FAQ)

Pembrokeshire County Council has decided to administer the Covid-19 Non-Domestic Rate grants using the European Commission de minimis Regulation EC 1407/2013 whenever possible, instead of the Covid-19 Temporary Framework as previously advised.

Therefore, grants will be provided to you as de minimis aid under EC Regulation 1407/2013. You can find out more here

For this reason, the application form asks about any de minimis aid your business may have received in 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 to date.

If awarding a further de minimis grant would cause the applicable de minimis limit to be exceeded, we shall seek to administer the aid under the UK Covid-19 Temporary Framework. You can find out more here

A grant provided to you under this scheme will be relevant if you have applied or are planning to apply for de minimis (or Covid-19 Temporary Framework, as appropriate) support in the future.

You will need to state this amount to any other support agencies that ask you how much de minimis (or Covid-19 Temporary Framework, as appropriate) aid you have had.  For the purposes of the de minimis Regulation, you must keep a record of this grant for three years from the date you receive it. For the purpose of the UK Covid-19 Temporary Framework, you must keep a record of this aid for four years.

If you have any queries regarding the state aid administration of these grants please contact Note that this address cannot deal with business grant enquiries.


Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund

Businesses may also benefit from a £400 million emergency pot providing:

  • Grants of £10,000 for micro-businesses employing up to nine people. This includes sole traders employing staff. Qualifying businesses will be able to apply by mid-April.
  • Grants of up to £100,000 for small and medium sized firms with between 10 and 249 employees. Qualifying businesses will be able to apply by mid-April.
  • Support for larger Welsh companies, which are of critical social or economic importance to Wales. This element will be open to qualifying businesses within the next two weeks.

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

 Eligibility checker for the support that is on offer: Business Wales Eligibility Checker


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

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.

To access the scheme, employers need to designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’ and submit information to HMRC, which will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers’ wage costs up to £2,500 per month.


Statutory Sick Pay Support

Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be refunded by the Government for the cost of providing 14-days’ statutory sick pay for employees who can’t work or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

For more information: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses


Support for the Self Employed

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will provide financial assistance to self-employed people who have lost income due to coronavirus.

Under the scheme, the self-employed can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months.

To be eligible, self-employed trading profits must be less than £50,000 and more than half of your income must come from self-employment.

For more information: Self Employment Income Support Scheme


Further financial Support

Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme

The loan scheme will work alongside the UK wide Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, other Welsh Government and UK Government support offers, providing more vital options for Welsh businesses. Loans of between £5,000 and £250,000 are available to businesses who have been trading longer than 2 years and can demonstrate that they were able to service that level of debt before the outbreak.

Fund Details:

  • loans between £5,000 to £250,000, maximum loan levels apply
  • 12 month capital and interest repayment holiday
  • no arrangement or monitoring fees
  • 2% interest fixed for 6 years (includes the 12 month holiday)

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. 

Businesses seeking a loan should consider the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme available for SMEs through over 40 accredited UK lenders.

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, covering a variety of different products such as loans, overdraft, invoice finance and asset finance, delivered by the British Business Bank, has launched on the 23 March to support primarily small and medium sized businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. The government will not charge businesses or banks for this guarantee, and the Scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value. Businesses can access the first 12 months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first 12 months of interest payments. 

For more information: Business Interruption Loan Scheme 

The UK Gov Bounce Back Loan scheme

The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.

The government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.

For more information: Apply for a Coronvirus Bounce Back Loan 


Support for Farmers

Welsh Government's Emergency Support Measures for Farmers During COVID-19

The Welsh Government has announced a series of emergency measures to support Wales’ farmers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, recognising the crucial role they play in feeding the nation. Acknowledging the challenges facing the sector as a result of coronavirus, and during what is normally a busy time of year even under normal circumstances, farmers will now have an extra month to submit their Single Application Form (SAF), with the deadline now extended to 15 June 2020.

In response to concerns about Crop Diversification requirements following the recent flooding and the added pressure and uncertainties coronavirus brings, the Welsh Government has also confirmed it is removing the requirements completely for the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

An additional £5.5 million has been allocated to the BPS and Glastir support scheme, which has reopened to support those farmers who are yet to receive their 2019 BPS and/or Glastir payments. Farmers will be able to apply for support through the scheme to alleviate potential cash flow problems.

 For more information: Welsh Government: Emergency Measures Support Farmers 


Support for Fisheries Sector

The new support has been announced by the Welsh Government as a targeted grant for vessel owning fishing businesses, to ensure they are able to cover their costs during this difficult time.

The new grant will help cover fixed costs associated with owing a fishing vessel and will be based on the size of vessel owned. The grant will be calculated by vessel size, with a maximum payment of £10,000 to ensure synergies with the Economic Resilience Fund. The grant will be open to all active seafood businesses with Welsh-licenced vessels and recorded sales of £10,000 or more in 2019, and all eligible fishers will be provided with a one off payment.

Further details on the application process will be announced shortly. Eligible fishers should first register online with Rural Payments Wales (RPW). Once the applications are open, fishers may then apply online through RPW.

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


£500,000 from Seafarers UK for Fishers Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic 

  • £250,000 to provide match funding with The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust for innovative projects to support fish and seafood businesses, benefiting the fish-catching sector. The COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Programme guidelines are at: Fish on Friday - Covid Rapid Response Grant Programme 
  • £200,000 to The Fishermen’s Mission to provide hardship welfare grants to fishers and their families, based on requests received via the Mission’s frontline staff – see: Fishermens Mission - Covid-19

Food Safety and Standards

Information for Businesses open during Coronavirus


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


Contact us via email via

Frequently Asked Questions

Still not sure what help you can get? Read our Corona Virus FAQ


Useful links and other support available: Useful Links


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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

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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


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Small Steps to Enterprise

Pembrokeshire's ‘Small Steps to Enterprise' project offers practical business support and guidance for entrepreneurs aged 14 - 25.

Pembrokeshire is full of exciting, new opportunities for young people to take positive steps towards establishing their own business.

Maybe you have an idea for a business but are not sure what to do next? May you have already set up your own business but are looking for some support in your next steps? Or maybe you're set to ‘take over' the family business? Whatever your situation, ‘Small Steps to Enterprise' can help you!

Wendy and Chloe can offer you advice on areas including:

  • Marketing
  • Business Planning
  • Cash flows

We provide a one-to-one mentoring service and are totally flexible to your needs.

As well as all of this, together with Pembrokeshire Lottery, we can also offer you the ‘Small Steps to Enterprise' interest free loan! To find out more about the loan, go to Small Steps to Enterprise Loan

To find out more about some of the people we have worked with, follow this link:  Small Steps to Enterprise - Who have we worked with?

If you are interested in running your own business, contact Christina Morgan on 01437 776251 or email



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Small Steps to Enterprise Loan

‘Small Steps to Enterprise' has teamed up with Pembrokeshire Lottery to offer budding, young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 25 the opportunity of taking a £500 interest free loan to help with their business costs.

The loan is repayable over 12 months with the first two months being payment holidays.

The ‘Small Steps to Enterprise' loan was established in January 2012 and has so far helped 6 young, local entrepreneurs cover a variety of costs, from purchasing more stock to purchasing essential machinery.

Follow this link to find out more about the young entrepreneurs we have helped with the ‘Small Steps to Enterprise' loan.

If you are in interested in the ‘Small Steps to Enterprise' loan, or to find out more about it, contact Christina Morgan on 01437 776251 or email





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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.
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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:



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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.   

Contact the business support team on 01437 776167  for further 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 

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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.

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