Business rates support and grants

COVID-19 business grants

The District Council is proud to have distributed over £15 million in COVID-19 business grants to businesses across the district to help support them the pandemic.

Business grants, support, reliefs, loans and more are currently available to help local businesses with lockdown or tiered measures.

Restart grants

These grants are for rated non-essential retail businesses and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses to help them as coronavirus restrictions are eased across the country. The scheme provides funding from April 2021 onwards and it is hoped that grants will be paid out from very late April (Friday 30 April at the earliest).

Find out more.

Not all rated business types that were eligible for/received a 'closed for business grant' are eligible for a Restart Grant - for example take-away only businesses. Unrated closed businesses (for example home or mobile businesses) and most* open businesses are also not eligible for a Restart Grant. Further discretionary funding may be made available to support these businesses. Details will be published in early-mid April. *Dog groomers with a rated premises are eligible for a Restart Grant.

Lockdown and tiered measures business grants

These grants provide support to businesses to cover the November 2020 lockdown, tiered measures in December 2020, and the extended 2021 lockdown that began in January 2021. There are three schemes on offer to local businesses, depending on whether they had to legally close to the public or not:

1. Closed for business grants - closing date 31 March 2021*

The grants are for businesses that are legally required to close under a lockdown, Tier 4 or Tier 3 measures.

Find out more about these grants and how to apply.

*Any applications received after the closing date will only receive funding from 16 February 2021 onwards.

Any applications received from non-rated closed businesses after Friday 16 April 2021 will NOT be considered until the Council's further tranche of ARG funding is confirmed. If further funding is not confirmed, grants to new applicants (received post 16 April 2021) will not be payable.

2. Open for business grants - closing date 31 March 2021*

These grants are for businesses that are not legally required to close (if you are unsure if your business was legally required to close, visit the government website), but are affected by at least a 20% drop in trade as they:

  • Operate in a closed sector (for example retail), but are considered essential (for example a deli that relies on serving lunches to office workers).
  • Rely on a closed sector for their trade (for example a cake maker supplying restaurants and coffee shops)
  • Cannot deliver the same level of consumer services (that cannot be delivered online) due to social distancing requirements (for example a plumbing, cleaning or electrical service business).
  • Ordinarily supply good/services direct to the consumer and welcome customers onto their premise to order/view goods, but do not have a fixed shop front (e.g. a carpenter that welcomes commissions from the public from a workshop).

Find out more about these grants and how to apply

*Any applications received after the closing date will only receive funding from 16 February 2021 onwards. 

Any applications received from open businesses (rated and non-rated) after Friday 16 April 2021 will NOT be considered until the Council's further tranche of ARG funding is confirmed. If further funding is not confirmed, grants to new applicants (received post 16 April 2021) will not be payable.

3. Still closed for business grants - closing date 31 March 2021

These grants are for businesses that haven’t been able to open since the first lockdown, including nightclubs and sexual entertainment businesses.

To find out more about these grants, email business.grants@southderbyshire.gov.uk

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, we will issue your business with a new bill in June/July 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, we will issue your business with a new bill in June/July 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

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.