Business rates and coronavirus

Updated 29 May


Discretionary Grant Fund for businesses:

On 1 May the Government announced an extension to the fund to aid small businesses with on-going fixed property-related costs.  The Government has awarded £1.2 million to the Council to help businesses affected by COVID-19. The additional fund is aimed at small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

The Council has published 3 discretionary grant schemes:

Only complete applications received before midnight Sunday 14 June will be considered for a grant.

The Council may look to expand the scheme depending on the funding available from central government, keep checking here for updates.

Small business grant and retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund

We have contacted all known eligible businesses and grants paid is now £22.2 million 

Payment of small business grants and retail, hospitality and leisure grants
Details submitted by   Expected payment of grant if validation is successful
3 June 8am  4 June by end of the day


Small business grant: You must be in receipt of small business rate relief.  Check your eligibility and how to apply for small business rate relief.  If eligible, we will then contact you about the grant.

Retail, hospitality and leisure grant: You must be eligible for the expanded retail discount 2020/21. Check your eligibility and how to apply for the expanded retail discount 2020/21.  Following this application, we will contact you to let you know about your eligibility for the grant.

Business rates payments in June 2020

As a result of the coronavirus impact and recent government changes affecting businesses, the council put direct debit payments on hold during April and May 2020.

A revised direct debit payment schedule has been sent to businesses showing amounts to be taken from 1 June 2020 until 1 March 2021. 

Please see support for businesses for additional advice and support.

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