Small business grants

We are still paying out small business grants. If you think you may be eligible, please contact us before the scheme closes on 28 August 2020.

The government has set out a package of measures to support businesses including, for those businesses directly liable for business rates relief:

  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £50,999

If your small business has been impacted by coronavirus, you may be eligible for a grant. You won’t need to pay this back.

We’ve been working hard to reach out to eligible businesses directly and we know there are still small businesses out there entitled to a grant who have not yet been in touch.

If you think you qualify please contact us by sending us your details through our secure portal so that we can process your application.

You can check the financial support you are entitled to using the government’s financial support finder.

Additional government resources include helplines and webinars on a range of topics to help all types of businesses understand the support available.

Payment of grants 

The majority of grants have been paid. We are still processing a small number of applications each week. We will be in contact with you within a fortnight of receiving an application if there are any issues with making an award. Our frequently asked questions provide the latest information.

Discretionary fund for small businesses

The Brighton & Hove discretionary grant fund closed to new applications at 12pm, Friday 12 June. 

Support for the self-employed

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) supports self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

The first phase of applications for this scheme ended on the 13 July. The next phase is due to begin on 17 August 2020.

Find out if you can claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

Advice for retail & hospitality businesses

We’ve produced advice for retail businesses around what they need to consider to protect staff and public safety and minimise the spread of Covid-19. This includes a number of simple poster options to download to help manage physical distancing. 

We have more information for retail and hospitality businesses on our Coronavirus section of our website.

Keeping safe at work

Find advice on decontamination for businesses, where a possible or confirmed COVID-19 case has spent time while symptomatic.

Businesses can also download and print the government’s coronavirus posters to display within their work spaces.

The government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:

  •  the coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting

All businesses must put controls in place and ensure staff and customers keep to physical distancing of at least two metres between each person. You should also consider limiting the number of customers in your premises at any one time. This is for everyone’s safety to reduce the risk of infection. 

There is more information about physical distancing in the workplace at GOV.UK and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have made a video guide to hand washing.

General enquiries

If you have an enquiry, please email

To help us follow up your enquiry more quickly, please submit your business rates reference number when you contact us. (This is the 8-digit number on the top right of your business rates bill).

The government's frequently asked questions on grant funding schemes can be found in our support for Business FAQs.

Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme

In March, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, you can check if you can claim for your staff’s wages and more information about guidance to support businesses on GOV.UK

You can also read our Business Support FAQs to see how the government package of measures affects your business.

Retail relief

Every small business in the city that has been awarded retail relief as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, has had their business rates cancelled for the next 12 months as part of a package of measures to support small businesses.

We have proactively cancelled Direct Debits and contacted what we believe are all  the eligible businesses in the city to ensure they are aware that they do not have to pay any business rates for the next 12 months. See details of business support in Brighton & Hove.

Please contact us if you pay business rates with a Retail Value of £51,000 or under and believe you have not yet been recognised as  being entitled to retail relief.

Beware of scams

We are aware of a scam email that claims to come from a store ‘head office’ or ‘manager’ asking for business rates reference numbers.

There are also scams involving emails appearing to come from GOV.UK about Government Business Grants.

If you receive an email like this please delete it and do not reply.

Please note that emails regarding the retail, hospitality and leisure grant scheme for the Brighton & Hove area will be sent from an '' address. Do not respond to any emails that do not have such an address. 

If you want to submit your details for consideration of business grants please do so through our secure online portal.