The Government has announced (as at 11 March 2020) a scheme to pay small businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief a grant of £10,000.
Additionally there are grants of up to £25,000 for businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors.
There are some exceptions to this. Business premises used for storage and for personal use (for example, private stables, beach huts and moorings) will not qualify.
We expect the Government to provide this grant in early April so we are working now to ensure that we have up to date bank details for all of those businesses which will qualify for the grants.
Please complete your details using the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund request for information form.
You will be asked to confirm your 8 digit business rates account number.
If you are unable to complete the form online, you can download a written application form of theand should be posted to:
Business Rates Grants Scheme, Preston City Council, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL
Priority will be given to claims that have been submitted online and incomplete forms will result in a delay in processing any payment.
The Government have made a series of announcements about support available to businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic:
The Business advice page provides details of the support available from the Government for businesses and the self-employed in the Culture sector.
Arts Council England have also published support packages for the sector including grants for individuals up to £2,500 and organisations up to £35,000.
You are eligible for the grant if your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector (including pubs).
Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:
Only one grant may be awarded per hereditament. A separate form is required for each hereditament.
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.
Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 may be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,000 and less than £51,000 may be eligible for a grant of £25,000.
Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used:
Qualification is subject to a number of exclusions, including car parks and parking spaces, properties occupied for personal use (for example, Stables, beach huts and moorings).
For more information please contact our team on NNDR@preston.gov.uk or call 01772 906972.
Please do not make any repeat contact with the Council.
Many of our staff are also affected by this outbreak so please be patient with us, and try to avoid contacting us unless it is absolutely necessary.
We will keep this information updated the best we can but we are relying on updates from Central Government. More information is available on the GOV.UK website.