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Business Financial Support

Once validated, we are aiming to process claims for the business grants within 10 working days. If you have recently completed a Business Rates Occupation/Vacation form and Small Business Rate Relief form then it will take longer than the 10 working days to process your grant application.  Please be assured we are working as quickly as possible to complete all requests.

Find what Coronavirus support for employers and the self-employed is available to you via the Governments Support finder. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

Business Rates Flexible Payments

The Council is committed to supporting businesses where possible in easing financial pressures during these unprecedented times. 

Under normal circumstances, business rates instalments commence in April through to January. Recognising the current exceptional circumstance if you are unable to pay your instalments at this time we can offer to defer your first instalment until June and extend your payments through until March.

Please complete this form to request this payment plan.

Discretionary Grant Fund - currently open until Tuesday 16th June

This additional fund is aimed at small businesses that were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

The Government has requested that local authorities prioritise the following types of businesses for grants from this funding pot:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business or Rural Rate Relief.

Only businesses which were trading on 11 March 2020, with ongoing fixed property costs and who have seen a significant reduction in income due to COVID-19 are eligible for this grant of up to £10,000 (actual grant amount subject to assessment)

PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

Please read our Discretionary Grant Policy below before making your application. Here you will find more on the application criteria along with the types of information we will need.

HPBC - Discretionary Grant Policy [78KB]

We aim to process applications for payment within 20 working days - this will be longer where insufficient evidence/information has been provided. Verification and eligibility checks will be led by the Council's Regeneration team, supported by Finance and Audit. An email will be sent to businesses to confirm if they have been successful and the amount of grant awarded.

Small Business Grant Fund & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Please note the business support grants are only available to businesses that are liable for Business Rates and therefore receive a Business Rates bill (it may be that full relief is applied so there is nothing to pay, but you would still receive a bill) and meet the criteria set out below.

Financial support will be provided to self-employed workers through the 'Self-Employed Income Support Scheme'.

Two grant funding schemes are available:-

  • Small Business Grant Fund - available to all businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR).  Businesses must have been in receipt of SBRR or RRR on the 11th March 2020 and only one grant per hereditament is available.   Eligible businesses will qualify  for a grant payment of £10,000.

Exclusions: hereditaments occupied for personal uses and car parking

  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund - available to businesses who are eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value (RV) of less than £51,000.   Businesses must have been eligible for a discount under the Business Rates Expended Retail Discount Scheme on the 11th March 2020 (had the scheme been in force at that point) and only one grant per hereditament is available.    Eligible businesses will qualify for a grant payment of:
  • £10,000 (for businesses with a rateable value of up to £15,000)
  • £25,000 (for businesses with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000)

Exclusions: hereditaments occupied for personal uses and car parking

PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

To process the grants, we require business bank details in order to pay electronically to eligible businesses. Depending on how/if a business currently pays business rates, we may not hold bank details and therefore need to collect these. We are currently issuing letters, telephoning / emailing eligible businesses where we do not currently hold bank details and requesting that the below grant claim form is completed. The information we are requesting also attempts to avoid fraudulent claims being made.

If you are eligible for a business grant, please complete the form below and we will aim to process this as soon as possible.

If you are not eligible for one of the grants outlined above please complete the following form and one of our Regeneration team will try and help.

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is open for applications today and can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow.

Delivered by the British Business Bank, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support the continued provision of finance to UK smaller businesses (SMEs) during the Covid-19 outbreak.

CBILS is available through the British Business Bank's 40+ accredited lenders and partners, which are listed on the British Business Bank website.