Coronavirus business support

COVID-19 support for business

Government has announced a series of temporary rate reliefs and support for businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

New measures mean that some business rates bills have had to be corrected and reissued.

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, will be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of our Executive on Friday 5 June. Read the reports and papers for that meeting. Subject to Executive approval, we are looking to launch the scheme in the week commencing Monday 8 June

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. We anticipate that the Discretionary Business Grants scheme will also be administered by application form and we will publish the policy on this page.

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.