Coronavirus update: business rates and grants


Thursday, 2 April, 2020

The Government has updated it business rates support for retail and other business sectors. It has expanded its ‘retail discount’ to 100% discount on business rates.  This discount now covers, all retail, leisure, hospitality businesses plus estate agents, letting agencies and bingo halls.

Business rates discounts

We have updated the business rates accounts for the relevant businesses and notifications will be sent in due course.

If you believe your business qualifies for ‘retail discount’ and does not receive a revised bill, please contact our business rates team. Email:

Where still due business rates will be taken as normal.

Business owners who have difficulties paying, should contact the business rates team to arrange a revised payment plan. Email:

Find out more about the latest business rates discounts

Business grants

The Government has announced business grants of £10,000 or £25,000 to qualifying small businesses and some businesses in receipt of business rates retail discount. We are writing to businesses which qualify.

The grant applications process is now open.

Apply for a small business grant

More information

Read the Government's package of measures to support businesses