Small business grant fund

In response to Covid–19, the government announced there would be support for small businesses in the form of a Small Business Grant Scheme.

Businesses will be eligible for payment of £10,000 subject to meeting eligibility criteria set out below.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the business support grant.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the grant if:

  • Your business is based in England
  • Your property was in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief on 11 March 2020 (including those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief)

How do I access the fund?

Please provide your details through our secure online portal.

What will I get if I am not in receipt of Small Business Rate relief?

Businesses that do not receive Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief are not eligible for the scheme. Please refer to other business support measures on GOV.UK.

What will I get as a business that doesn’t pay business rates?

Businesses that are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.

What will I get if rent and rates is paid to my landlord/ property agent?

Payment of the grant will only be made to the person who according to the city council’s records was a ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 11 March 2020.

I have more than one property how will my grant be calculated?

Businesses that occupy more than one property may be entitled to a grant for each of their eligible properties, subject to state aid de minimis limits.

For businesses who are in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief state aid limits remain at a maximum of €200,000 (Euros) over the current and previous two financial years.

For most other retail, hospitality and leisure businesses state aid limits have been increased to a maximum of €800,000 over the current and previous two financial years.

Who will receive the payment?

The fund will only be paid to the person who, according to the city council’s records, was a ratepayer in respect of the property on 11 March 2020.

Can I still claim if my company was liquidated or dissolved?

No. Businesses that have been liquidated or dissolved as of 11 March 2020 are not eligible for this scheme.

Are there any other exemptions?

Yes:

  • Property occupied for personal use, e.g. private stables, loose boxes, beach huts and moorings
  • Car parks and parking spaces
  • The government has now confirmed that state aid limits of €800,000 will apply. This will mainly apply to large national companies

Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

Who are the grants for?

The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

How much will I get?

  • Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000 and under will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999 will receive a grant of £25,000

Am I eligible for the grant?

You are eligible for the grant if:

  • Your business is based in England
  • Your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

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

(*a hereditament is a property which is, or may become, liable to a rate; it can include land, machinery and plant for example)

How do I access the fund?

Please provide your details through our secure online portal.

Please include your business rates reference number in all correspondence, (this is the 8-digit number on the top right of your business rates bill).

If you have received an annual bill with the 50% retail discount, you will qualify for 100% retail and relief grant.

How long will it take for me to get my payment?

We are prioritising business grant payments so they can be made as quickly as possible. As soon as we have processed a successful claim, we will e-mail you with a payment date. 

What will I get if I have a rateable value of £51,000 or over?

Businesses with a rateable value of  £51,000 or over are not eligible for the scheme. Please refer to other business support measures on GOV.UK.

What will I get as a business that doesn’t pay rates?

Businesses that are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme

Retail relief

What is the available amount of retail relief?

It’s 100% of your bill for the current rate year 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Am I eligible for the retail discount?

Most businesses involved in or related to the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, will qualify regardless of rateable value including:

  • Shops, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs, cinemas and live music venues
  • Sport & leisure facilities, club-houses, tourist attractions, betting shops and casinos
  • Hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation
  • Other services such as estate agents, employment agencies and tutors

Businesses that may be visible on the high street, but not covered, are: 

  • Financial services - like banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders, pawnbrokers
  • Medical services - like vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors
  • Professional services - like solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers
  • Post office sorting offices

How and when will the relief be applied?

£69.6 million of retail relief has already been awarded by the council and eligible businesses received revised bills from 17 April 2020. If you believe you should be eligible and have not received a revised bill, please contact us using our business rates form.

Will my existing Direct Debit be collected?

We have stopped all Direct Debit payments for businesses covered by the 100% retail relief.

I already receive 80% charity relief. Will the retail relief cover the balance if my premises is retail-related?

Yes, any balance after all charity relief is granted will be covered.

Do state aid limits apply to retail relief?

State aid limits do not apply to retail relief.

Further information

Find government guidance on retail relief.

Find government guidance on cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.