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Support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that pay business rates

Support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that pay business rates

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses 

A business rates holiday has been introduced for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019/2020 tax year were rebilled by their local authority. 

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday 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
  • Or assembly and leisure
  • As hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020. However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill automatically to exclude the business rate charge. They will do this as soon as possible.You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator.

Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

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.

For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000.For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000, they will receive a grant of £25,000.

Eligibility

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 

How to access the scheme 

You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant. 

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.Find your local authority.

Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates 

A business rates holiday is to be introduced for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. 

Eligibility 

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • Your business is based in England
  • Properties that will benefit from the relief will be hereditaments:
  • Occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register
  • Wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020. However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill to exclude the business rate charge. They will do this as soon as possible.You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator.

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligibility

You are eligible if:

  • Your business is based in England
  • You are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR 
  • You are a business that occupies property
  • How to access the scheme
  • You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.Guidance for local authorities on the scheme will be provided shortly.
  • Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.

Local Authority Contacts 

For further information about the Government announcement on support for businesses please contact your local District or Borough council via their website link or email address below.

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