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Coronavirus and business rates

Business grant schemes

The Government announced grant schemes to help businesses following the Covid-19 outbreak.

We are sorry the application process for business rates grants is now closed.

It closed on 28 August. Details of what was offered in the grants scheme are below.

Small Business Grant:

£10,000 grant was available for ratepayers in receipt of small business relief. Rateable value of less than £15,000.

Retail Grant:

Grant was available for ratepayers in receipt of retail relief (this includes properties falling within the recently announced extension to the scheme). £10,000 for businesses with a rateable value of less than £15,000, and £25,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 but less than £51,000.

If you were a business in receipt of small business and retail relief, only the small business grant was applicable. The grant would have been payable if you were the ratepayer of the property and eligible for either small business or retail relief on the qualification date of 11 March 2020.

Grant payments were made by BACS.

If you have responsibility for multiple business properties, we had asked for separate requests for each individual property.

We have rebilled all of those businesses we believe are entitled to Retail Relief, apart from those where State Aid applies and we are waiting for information from the government.

If you have not received a revised bill and believe you should be entitled please contact

More information

The Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy have produced Grant Funding Schemes – Frequently Asked Questions : Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance

Business advisors are available at the Berkshire Growth Hub to confidentially discuss eligibility criteria for grants as well as discuss the support available to businesses. Please complete the coronavirus enquiry form here  and one of the team will be in contact. The Berkshire Growth Hub’s services are free and confidential.

It is currently a very busy time for the team which is doing its best to process every application as quickly as possible so please be patient. However, for urgent enquiries regarding business rates in relation to the grant please email with the word Grants in the subject line.

For more information about help for businesses see our coronavirus pages.