Business rates support and grants

COVID-19 business grants

The District Council is proud to have distributed nearly £15 million in COVID-19 business grants to businesses across the district to help support them through the COVID-19 lockdown, however in line with Government guidance, all COVID-19 business grant schemes administered by the Council have now ended.

Find out more about the discretionary business grants and non-discretionary business grants schemes.  


Business rate relief/holiday

The council has administered a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. The rates holiday has also been extended to private providers of childcare (nurseries not provided by the local council).

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will receive 100 per cent off their business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses are eligible if they are in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector or are private childcare provider (nursery not provided by the local council).

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation
  • as a private childcare nursery (not provided by the local council

Businesses do not need to do anything to access the relief. It is automatically applied to eligible accounts.

If you think your business is eligible but are concerned it has not been applied to your business, please email our business rates team on or call our customer services team on 01283 595795 if you have any queries.

We are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.45am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.30pm.

If your business does not qualify for the relief, and you are having issues paying your business rates because of COVID-19, please email our business rates team on or call our customer services team on 01283 595795.


Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme

A new coronavirus business interruption loan scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, is offering support to businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. Find out more information on at the British Business Bank’s website.


Support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses

A range of extra support and measures is in place to help workers and businesses affected by coronavirus. Find out more on the government’s website.