Coronavirus business support

COVID-19 support for business

The Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund that were launched at the beginning of April, closed on Friday 28 August 2020.

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

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
  • scheme closed: small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief (this scheme closed on 28 August 2020)
  • scheme closed: 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 (this scheme closed on 28 August 2020)
  • 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 8 June, and subsequently closed on Monday 29 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 24 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.