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Business rates

Business rates for the coming financial year will be waived for those in receipt of small business rate relief and all businesses within the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. Qualifying businesses will be advised shortly.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency business grant

We will be paying one-off grants to a significant number of small and medium-sized businesses. This will help them continue to support their staff in these challenging times.

Any businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors as well as estate agents, letting agents and bingo halls, operating with a Rateable Value between £15,000 and £51,000 will get a £25,000 grant. Any small business in any sector already in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief will get a £10,000 grant.

The Council is working at a fast pace to ensure the emergency grants being made available from the Government are paid directly to eligible business' bank accounts as soon as possible and that rates relief is applied where applicable.

Though all of these eligible businesses will be contacted in due course, an online form is being set up to verify business bank details. We aim to turn around applications as quickly as possible.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency business grant request

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

To reduce the spread of Coronavirus and to protect public health, many businesses have closed until further notice. This includes:

  • businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises
  • businesses that attract large numbers

Takeaway and delivery facilities can remain open and operational.

For more information see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for businesses introducing takeaway and delivery options

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