Business rates support and grants

We have been notified by the government that we will not receive details on the Restart Grants for a few weeks. We will also not receive the funding to distribute to local businesses until April. Restart Grants will provide non-essential retail businesses with one-off grants of up to £6,000 and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses with one-off grants of up to £18,000, depending on their rateable value. Last updated 4/3/21 at 8.30am.

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.

Lockdown and tiered measures business grants

There are three grant schemes on offer to local businesses, depending on whether they have had to legally close to the public or not:

1. Closed for business grants

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

If you have already applied/received a grant for the November & January lockdowns, you do not need to reapply for the extended spring 2021 lockdown (up until 31 March 2021) - grants will be automatically awarded.

Find out more about these grants and how to apply.

2. Open for business grants

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).

If you have already applied/received a grant for the November & January lockdowns, you do not need to reapply for the extended spring 2021 lockdown (up until 31 March 2021) - grants will be automatically awarded.

Find out more about these grants and how to apply

3. Still closed for business grants

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

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

Business rate relief/holiday

The council has administered 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 ctaxnndr@southderbyshire.gov.uk 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 ctaxnndr@southderbyshire.gov.uk 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.