Business rates support and grants

COVID-19 business grants

The District Council is proud to have distributed over £24 million in COVID-19 grants to businesses across the district to help support them during the pandemic.

There are no current COVID-19 business grant schemes on offer, however subject to the Council receiving further funding from Government (this is set to be confirmed in late July 2021), the Council hopes to launch two further grant schemes, as follows:

Events and festivals summer rescue scheme (not yet confirmed)

This would give one-off grants to SMEs based in South Derbyshire, including event and festival management companies, wedding and event organisers, suppliers to the performing arts, festival, weddings and funerals industries, and rated venues whose main business is an event venue. Exclusions and evidence requirements will apply.

Details of the scheme and eligibility criteria will be published only if the Goverment confirms the Council's next round of ARG funding. If no further funding is provided to the Council, the scheme will not progress/grants will not be available (last updated 21/07/2021). 

Discretionary restart grants (not yet confirmed)

This would give one-off grants to SMEs based in South Derbyshire, or SMEs who trade primarily in South Derbyshire, that were affected by the lockdowns. This could include businesses that were required to close and businesses that were able to remain open. Large businesses (those with over 250 employees) and home/mobile businesses that were not trading on 1 April 2021 would not be eligible. Further exclusions and evidence requirements will apply.

Details of the scheme and eligibility criteria will be published only if the Goverment confirms the Council's next round of ARG funding. If no further funding is provided to the Council, the scheme will not progress/grants will not be available (last updated 21/07/2021). 

Existing applications

If you have already applied to the Council for a COVID-19 business grant (closed, open or rescue), but were told that your application will not be assessed/confirmed until the Government confirms the next round of ARG funding, please be aware that we will update this page with further details only if the Goverment confirms the Council's next round of ARG funding.

If no further funding is provided, the scheme will not progress/grants will not be available (last updated 21/07/2021). 

Business rate relief/holiday

In response to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the Government is providing additional business rates relief for eligible retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England as follows:

Expanded Retail Discount If your business receives the Expanded Retail Discount (this will be shown on your bill), you will not be liable to pay any business rates for April, May and June 2021, regardless of the size of your business. Between 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, you will receive a 66% discount off your business rates bill, unless that discount exceeds £2 million for businesses that were required to close as at 5 January 2021/or exceeds £105,000 for business permitted to open at that date.

If you receive Expanded Retail Discount, you should have recieved a new bill to show the charge your charge from July 2021.

Nursery Discount If your business receives the Nursery Discount (this will be shown on your bill), you will not be liable to pay any business rates for April, May and June 2021, regardless of the size of your business. Between 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, you will receive a 66% discount off your business rates bill, unless that discount exceeds £105,000.

If you receive the Nursery Discount, you should have recieved a new bill to show the charge your charge from July 2021.

If your business does not qualify for a relief and you are having issues paying your business rates, please email our business rates team on ctaxnndr@southderbyshire.gov.uk or call our customer services team on 01283 595795. We are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.45am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.30pm.

Open or closed, keep trading with your customers with ShopAppy

As part of our COVID-19 business support, South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council have partnered with national brand ShopAppy to create online ‘towns’ so that businesses can promote themselves and trade securely online.

Whether you are a shop, market stall, hairdresser, beautician, taxi company, pub, café, insurance broker, or something else – ShopAppy can help you advertise and reach more customers. ShopAppy.com is a website which allows local businesses to display their goods and services, and offer online purchasing or booking with options for customers to click and collect or get goods delivered to their door.

For more details, visit: www.southderbyshire.gov.uk/shopappy