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. In August 2021, the Council received a further £646,000 Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding to distribute to local SME businesses which it is doing through the below ARG Round 2 schemes:

Omicron hospitality, leisure and accommodation grant

Deadline for applications - 31 January 2022 at 5pm

This grant is aimed at rated hospitality, leisure and accomodation businesses who have had their trading impacted by the recent surge in Covid cases because of the new Omicron variant. The scheme offers one-off grants ranging from £2,667 up to £6,000 depending on the rateable value of a business.

The Government requires all potentially eligible businesses to apply and has stated that grants cannot be automatically awarded based on previous grant awards. Applications will close on 31 January 2022. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted/eligible.

What businesses are eligible?

Sector Business type
Hospitality

Food courts, public houses/pub restaurants, restaurants, roadside restaurants, wine bars, cafés.

Leisure

Casinos and gambling clubs, cinemas, museums and art galleries, stately homes & historic houses, theatres, events venues, night clubs & discotheques, arenas, concert halls, zoos & safari parks, amusement parks, tourist attractions, theme parks, amusement arcades, wedding venues, soft play centres or areas, clubs & institutions, village halls & scout huts, cadet huts, etc. (Please note indoor riding schools have been removed from this list by government and are no longer eligible for a grant. Council run facilities are also not eligible for a grant).

Accommodation

Caravan parks, caravan sites and pitches, chalet parks, campsites, coaching inns, country house hotels, guest houses, hostels, boarding houses, hotels, lodge, holiday apartments, cottages, or bungalows, canal boats or other vessels, B&Bs, catered holiday homes, holiday homes.

Businesses must be rated to be eligible - i.e have a business rates account. Unrated, home or mobile businesses are not eligible.

Businesses will only be eligible if their main service is hospitality, leisure, or accommodation. If a business operates more than one service, the main service will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of the overall income.

For the purpose of this scheme the following exclusions apply:

  • Hospitality - excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway
  • Leisure - excludes all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators. Gyms and sports clubs are also not eligible.
  • Accommodation - excludes private dwellings/those registered for council tax vs business rates, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

What businesses are not eligible?

  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • Businesses that were not registered for business rates on 30 December 2021.

Funding amounts

The following grants are available to rated businesses operating primarily in hospitality, leisure and accommodation:

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or under - £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 - £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or over - £6,000.

How to apply - deadline 31 January 2022

If your business has received a COVID grant in the past, please fill in our online application form.

If your bank details have changed since you last received a COVID grant, please send copies of three-months of recent bank statements, which need to show your business name and address, account number, sort-code and recent transactions to business.grants@southderbyshire.gov.uk no later than 31 January 2022. If you do no supply the bank statements by this date, you will not receive a grant, regardless of eligibility. When sending confidential information by email, we strongly recommend you send it to us through a free Egress account at www.egress.com. This will secure your email end-to-end. Please put your application form reference in the subject of your email, so we can match up your statements to your application. We will run your new account details through our NFI and Experian checking tools to validate the account details.

If you are a new business and have not received a COVID grant in the past, or your business changed hands recently, please email business.grants@southderbyshire.gov.uk and we will send you an application form to complete.

The application deadline date is Monday 31 January 2022 at 5pm. All required evidence must also be submitted by 31 January at 5pm. If applications/evidence are not submitted by 31 January at 5pm businesses will not receive a grant, regardless of eligibility. It is the businessess responsiblity to send in the required evidence - it is not the responsiblity of the district council to chase up any missing information.

Omicron Rescue Grant Scheme (ARG)

Deadline for applications - 28 February 2022 at 5pm

This grant scheme offers grants of between £1,000 and £6,000 to businesses across South Derbyshire who have been negatively affected by COVID lockdown measures, including the recent Omicron variant, but are not been eligible for the Omicron hospitality, leisure and accommodation grant.

The scheme offers grants the following business types:

In-person premises-based businesses - £2,667, £4,000 & £6,000

  • Premises-based rated SME businesses that serve customers in person on their premises that can demonstrate they have been impacted by the continued COVID restrictions and Omicron variant.
  • Premises-based unrated SME businesses that serve customers in person on their premises (does not include rent-a-chair businesses or unrated animal groomers), that can demonstrate they have been impacted by the continued COVID restrictions and Omicron variant.
  • Businesses will only be eligible if they have not already benefitted from an Events & Festivals Summer Rescue Grant.
  • Businesses that do not serve customers in person will not be eligible for the Rescue Grant. Businesses who supply services to in-person events and activities (such as wedding cake makers may be considered eligible and are encouraged to apply).
  • Businesses the scheme will support include, but is not limited to, hospitality businesses (such as cafés in shared spaces and caterers who serve off site), holiday accommodation (unrated situations), pub tenants (unrated situations), premises-based businesses who supply services to in-person events and activities (such as wedding cake makers).
  • Retailers in essential goods (food etc) are not eligible.

Rateable value

Grant level

Premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or under (or no rateable value)

£2,667

Premises with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999

£4,000

Premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or over

£6,000

In-person unrated, home, mobile, unrated animal groomers and rent-a-chair businesses - £1,000 & £2,000

  • Businesses that operate from a premise/fixed site, that serve customers in person on their premises, but do not pay business rates (for example businesses in shared spaces, rent-a-chair hairdressers or market traders) and can demonstrate they have been impacted by the continued COVID restrictions and Omicron variant.
  • Mobile or home-based businesses, that serve customers in person at a customers’ home/premise that can demonstrate they have been impacted by the continued COVID restrictions and Omicron variant.
  • Business will only be eligible if they have not already benefitted from an Events & Festivals Summer Rescue Grant.
  • Businesses that do not serve customers in person will not be eligible for the Rescue Grant. Businesses who supply services to in-person events and activities (such as wedding cake makers may be considered eligible and are encouraged to apply).
  • Businesses the scheme will support will include, but is not limited to, personal care (such as home-based or rent-a-chair hairdressers and beauticians), mobile tradespeople (such as cleaners or electricians), driving instructors, taxis and chauffeurs, leisure, gym and sports (such as personal trainers or coaches), mobile or unrated animal groomers, market traders who can evidence they trade in South Derbyshire on a regular basis, home/mobile businesses who supply services to in-person events and activities (such as wedding cake makers).
  • Retailers in essential goods (food etc) are not eligible.

In-person unrated, home, mobile, unrated animal groomers and rent-a-chair businesses

Grant level

Operating in South Derbyshire up to 3 days per week

£1,000

Operating in South Derbyshire 4+ days a week

£2,000

Required evidence

To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate that COVID has has a negative financial impact on your business. As part of the application process, you will need to supply:

  • Copies of bank statements from November - December 2019, November – December 2020, and November – December 2021 that demonstrate a drop in income (if you are a seasonal business, you can choose to provide evidence from alternative two-month periods from 2019 - 2021 that demonstrate a drop in income). Alternatively, you can provide accounts that show a drop in income. If you are a new business, please upload as much as you can, and we will contact you about any additional evidence we require. Point of sale reports may be accepted.
  • Where a drop in income is not clearly evident from bank statements, but businesses have lost out on new clients/orders, evidence of lost bookings or cancelled events/orders may be accepted. In such circumstances, you will have to sign a declaration.
  • If you have already received an ARG discretionary grant, for which you had to demonstrate COVID had negatively impacted your business, you will not need to resupply financial loss information. In such circumstances, you will have to sign a declaration.

New applicants will need to supply photo ID, National Insurance Number (NINO), Unique Tax Reference (UTR), a valid insurance certificate, copies of licenses/inspections (food/alcohol businesses), details of fixed costs (home and mobile businesses), details of leases (premises businesses), and evidence of trading (market traders - read our policy for the full list of required evidence). Applicants who haev already benefitted from a grant do not need to resupply informatiom they have already provided, unless any of their details (name, address, bank account) have changed, or their certificates have expired.

How to apply and deadline

The funding will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis to businensses who have supplied all the required evidence.

Applications that have not been submitted with the reqiured evidence will not be considered complete and will not be assessed until the full evidence is provided/validated. If someone subsequently submits an application together with all the required evidence it will be considered prior to applications submitted without the required evidence.

As funds are limited, we recommend businesses apply as quickly as possible and submit all the required evidence.

The deadline for applications is Monday 28 February 2022 at 5pm.

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Events and festivals rescue grant scheme (ARG) - CLOSED

This grant scheme awards 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, rated venues whose main business is an event venue, B&Bs that rely on the event industry and independent travel agencies. Large businesses (those with over 250 employees) are not eligible. The scheme is now closed to all applicants.

Please note, if you have applied for a grant, are eligible, but have not yet received a response/payment, no further payments will be processed until 21 January 2022 at the earliest. Please also note we will not process your grant application if we are awaiting further information from you, so please make sure you have supplied all the additional information we have requested in a timely manner. For a full list of exclusions read our policy document (pdf, 831kb)

Discretionary restart grant scheme (ARG) - CLOSED

This grant scheme awards 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 are not eligible. The scheme is now closed to all applicants. 

Please note, if you have applied for a grant, are eligible, but have not yet received a response/payment, no further payments will be processed until 21 January 2022 at the earliest. Please also note we will not process your grant application if we are awaiting further information from you, so please make sure you have supplied all the additional information we have requested in a timely manner. For a full list of exclusions read our policy document (pdf, 831kb).

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 received 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 received 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.