Coronavirus business support

COVID-19 support for business

The government has announced that both the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund that were launched at the beginning of April are to close.

Any outstanding applications need to be with us by 5pm on Monday 24 August 2020. We will also be unable to make payments after Friday 28 August so it is vital that any information we have requested from you to support your application is with us before Friday 28 August.

Small Business Grant Fund

This is a £10,000 grant for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

  • a grant of £10,000 available for businesses with a rateable value of less than £15,000
  • a £25,000 grant for those businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or more, but less than £51,000

Please note: Your business needs to have been registered for business rates as of 11 March 2020 and you will need to quote your business rates reference number when completing the form.

Tips for completing the form

Please help us to process your Business Support Grants application as quickly as possible by completing the form with the required details:

  • quote your business rates reference number – your business needs to have been registered for business rates as of 11 March 2020
  • make sure you are quoting the correct business bank account details as we cannot send the grant funding to a personal bank account
  • update your billing postal address where necessary as we will send you a letter when your application has been approved

Grant application form

Read the government's grant funding guidance.

Business Rates Relief

The government has extended the business rates holiday (100% business rates relief) to all retail, leisure, hospitality and nursery businesses irrespective of rateable value.

Revised bills have now been issued to all eligible businesses. If you haven’t heard from us, please get in touch:

Telephone: 0300 300 8011
Emailbusinessrates@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Questions and answers

What are the support measures that have been announced?

  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of up to £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses; there is a grant of £10,000 available for businesses with a rateable value of less than £15,000 and a £25,000 grant for those businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or more but less than £51,000
  • Discretionary Business Grants - proposals for a discretionary business grant fund, aimed at those small businesses, voluntary organisations and charities with premises, was launched on Monday 8th June, and subsequently closed on Monday 29th June. Read the policy papers.

WilI I need to apply for the new 100% rate relief?

No – you do not need to take any action nor make any payment. Your bill will automatically be reissued shortly to show the 100% rate relief.

WilI I need to apply for the business grants?

The grant application form is now available for the original Small Business Grants. All applications need to be submitted by 5pm Monday 24th August.

My business is not eligible for any of the new enhanced rate reliefs, will my business rates bill be reissued anyway?

No, your bill will remain the same and you must pay in the timeline already set out in your existing 2020/21 business rates bill which was recently sent, dated 10 March 2020.

State aid information

The government’s assessment is that the extended rate reliefs are not a state aid. However payments made under the Small Business Grants Fund do count as state aid and there is a declaration included in the application process.