Business rates support and grants

The Council is administering two grant schemes on behalf of the government and also providing business rates support which are detailed below:

Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Schemes (grants of £10,000 or £25,000).

These grants are for businesses who occupy premises that are eligible for Small Business Rate Relief, Rural Rate Relief or the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme. Businesses that do not pay/are not eligible for business rates are not eligible to claim a grant. Find out more.

NEW Discretionary COVID-19 business grants

This is a new pot of funding available to businesses with fixed premises costs that do not pay business rates, such as those in shared offices, B&Bs that pay council tax instead of rates, charities that claim 100% charity rate relief and market traders. The deadline for applying for a grant is midnight on Wednesday 17 June 2020. Find out more.

Business rate relief/holiday

The council is administering 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.