The Council is doing all it can to help you during this unprecedented time for business, due to the Covid -19 pandemic.

Please find below a link to help for business:

Business rates
A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England has been applied from April.

You do not need to apply, it will be applied automatically. You will have already received your 2020/21 business rates or council tax bill and you will receive a revised bill in due course.
Amongst other measures, central government is offering grants to support small businesses, details of these grants is set out below.

Scheme 1 – Business Support Grants:
This scheme is the scheme originally announced in the budget on the 11 March, albeit the level of grant has increased from £3,000 to £10,000.

All properties in receipt of small business rate relief on 11 March, including those in receipt of tapered relief will be eligible for a grant payment of £10,000.

The Council will be making these payments as soon as it is able, following receipt of the funding from central government, expected in early April. As the grants will be transferred directly into your business bank I would be grateful if you would please provide your bank details, if you do not pay your business rates via direct debit. You can provide these details at the link below.

Scheme 2 – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund:
Properties that would have qualified for retail discount on 11 March will be entitled to a grant of either, £10,000 where the Rateable Value (RV) is £15,000 or less or £25,000 where the RV is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000.

The Council is working hard to ensure these grants can be administered as quickly as possible.

There will be no need to apply and payments will be made directly as soon possible. Please follow the link below to contact us with your bank account details if you do not already pay by direct debit.

If you meet the criteria for the government grant of £10,000 but you are unable to wait until early April please let us know when you contact us directly with your details.