Applying for business rate relief and other grants due to coronavirus

In response to additional pressures placed on businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government provided additional, temporary Business Rate support to certain businesses as outlined below:

Retail Discount: To support small businesses affected by COVID-19 the government has increased the existing Retail Relief  to 100% for 2020-21. The relief will also be expanded to the leisure and hospitality sectors and is now likely to include museums, theatres, pubs, restaurants, gyms and hotels. We have identified the businesses eligible this relief and have applied the reduction and issued new bills accordingly.

Pubs Discount: To support small businesses affected by COVID-19 the government has increased the existing Pub Relief  scheme to £5,000 however it is likely that most premises will also qualify for 100% retail discount. We have identified the businesses eligible for this discount and have applied the reduction and issued new bills accordingly

Nurseries: The Government are providing support to assist non-local authority child care providers such as Nurseries and Day Care Centres.  Properties that will benefit from this 100% relief will be those which are occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We have identified the businesses eligible this discount and have applied the reduction and issued new bills accordingly.

Business Support grants

The Government scheme in relation to Small Business and Retail Business Support Grants closed on 30th September 2020

Support for businesses in England is being made available should certain businesses be required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government.

 

Hospitality & Leisure Business Support Grants (Tier 2)

On 22 October 2020, the Government announced they are providing additional funding to allow Local Councils to support businesses in high-alert level areas which are not legally closed, but which are severely impacted by the restrictions on socialising.

We were not made aware of Tier 2 grants prior to the announcement, so are currently working on providing application/payment information and will update this webpage as soon as it is available

Meanwhile the information provided by the Government to date is as follows:

The funding Local Councils will receive will for hospitality, hotel, B&B, and leisure businesses in their area. (e.g. pubs, restaurants, hotels, gyms etc)

The grant funding for hospitality, hotel, B&B, and leisure businesses in Tier 2 areas is indicated as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants of £934 per month.
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,000-£51,000, grants of £1,400 per month.
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000, grants of £2,100 per month.

Discretionary Scheme: Councils will also receive a small fund to cover certain other businesses that might be affected by the local restrictions, but which do not fit completely into hospitality, hotel, B&B, and leisure categories. It will be up to each Council to determine which businesses are eligible for grant funding in their local areas, and what precise funding to allocate to each business. We are currently looking into a policy to cover this and will update this webpage as soon as it is available

Should there be a move to Tier 3 alert, Hospitality & Leisure Businesses in who were providing services in person to customers from their business premises will qualify for greater support (see below - 'Tier 3')

 

Local Lockdown Restrictions Grant (Tier 3)

Scheme Details

  • The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close continually for at least two weeks due to local COVID-19 lockdown restrictions imposed by Government.
  • Businesses that do not provide in-person services will not be eligible
  • It is for businesses that pay business rates on their commercial premises.
  • Eligible businesses that are within the relevant area covered by localised coronavirus restrictions will receive a grant for each eligible hereditament and for each two-week period the restrictions are imposed.I
  • If a business has a property with a rateable value of less than £15,000, it will receive a cash grant of up to £1,300 per month.
  • If a business has a property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000, it will receive a cash grant of up to £2,000 per month.
  • If a business has a rateable value above above £51,0000, it will receive a cash grant of up to £3,000 per month
  • Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of local lockdown restrictions.
  • Certain hospitality & leisure businesses who remain open may be eligible for support. The Government advise this support will be provided to Local Authorities as they move into the very high alert level. We will update this webpage with further details as they become available

Who Can Apply

A business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies commercial property on which it pays business rates.
  • Is in a local lockdown area and has been required to close because of the formal publication of local restrictions guidance that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September 2020. This funding is not retrospective.
  • Has been required to close continually for at least two weeks because of the lockdown.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual 'in-person customer service' from its premises. For example, this could include non-essential retail, personal services or cafes/restaurants that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.
     

The following exclusions apply:

  • Businesses that are able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of a local lockdown.
  • Businesses that are currently still subject to national closures such as nightclubs.
  • Businesses that have reached the state aid limit.
     

Applications

Applications will only be accepted if a local lockdown is announced. If this happens, this website will be updated to provide details of how to apply.
 

Discretionary funding

  • Applicants may receive a grant of up to £1,500 at the discretion of the local council if:
  • The business is required to close but it does not pay business rates.
  • The business is not required to close, but has been severely affected, for example as a result of customer businesses being closed.