Business rates support and grants

COVID-19 business grants

Please note, due to the high volume of applications we have received, and the quantity of evidence provided, some applications are taking longer than 8 weeks to process. We are working to process all applications as quickly as we can and will contact businesses directly if we need any further information or to provide an update. You can help to speed up your claim by making sure you submit all the required evidence with your application - this means when we assess your claim, we won't need to contact you for further information, which could delay processing of your claim further. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The business grants team.

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 will do through three ARG Round 2 schemes:

Events and festivals rescue scheme

This grant scheme is now open. It will award 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 and independent travel agencies. Large businesses (those with over 250 employees) are not eligible.

Businesses that were awarded a Restart Grant (either rated or discretionary) in Round 1 may apply.

Businesses cannot apply for/be awarded both an Events & Festivals Summer Rescue Grant and Discretionary Restart Grant (Round 2). Further exclusions and evidence requirements apply.

The following business types are not eligible:

  • Accommodation (such as B&Bs, hotels & self-catering apartments) without function rooms.
  • Halls for hire, including village halls and non-rated land that hosts events and festivals.
  • Travel agencies that are part of a national chain of 5 or more stores/businesses. Independently owned franchises of fewer than 5 stores under the same ownership are eligible.
  • Personal care businesses that provide a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing. This includes hairdressers and beauticians who provide a wedding/proms service. Make-up artists who can demonstrate they work exclusively in the weddings/events industry may be eligible.
  • Other exclusions apply - read our policy document (see page 4) for a full list.
Find out more about the scheme and apply. Please note, there is no deadline to apply, but applications will be assessed on a first submitted, first assessed basis, so we would encourage businesses to apply as soon as possible. Only applications that are submitted with all the required evidence will be assessed. For a full list of exclusions read our policy document.

Discretionary restart grant scheme - Round 2

This grant scheme is now open. It will award 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.

Businesses that have already received a Restart Grant (either rated or discretionary) in Round 1 may not apply.

Businesses cannot apply for/be awarded both a Discretionary Restart Grant (Round 2) and an Events & Festivals Summer Rescue Grant.  Further exclusions and evidence requirements apply.

Find out more about the scheme and apply. Please note, there is no deadline to apply, but applications will be assessed on a first submitted, first assessed basis, so we would encourage businesses to apply as soon as possible. Only applications that are submitted with all the required evidence will be assessed. For a full list of exclusions read our policy document.

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, the new funding has now been confirmed and we will start assessing your claim w/c 16 August 2021.

As part of this the Council will also award a Discretionary Restart Grant (under Round 1) to all existing eligible Rescue Grant claimants that were awarded a grant under Round 1.

We will contact you directly if we need any further evidence/information to support your claim. 

To find out more, or to confirm whether your application is being assessed under ARG Round 2, 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, 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