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Business Rates and Business Grants

Grants

Local Authority Discretionary Grant

Applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund are now CLOSED. 

All applicants should now have received a decision on their application.

Grant Schemes to close on 28th August 2020

 

Business support grants of over £20,000,000 have been made to 1,659 local businesses.

 

These grants have been vital to our local economy – helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other local businesses.

 

We are now in the final stages of the programme and the vast majority of eligible businesses have now claimed grants.

If you think your business might be eligible, but have not been in touch with us about this, please see below for further details or email br@gloucester.gov.uk

 

Given the schemes success, in that over 99% of eligible businesses have received grants, we will be closing the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund on 28th August 2020.

Small business cash grant

A £10,000 one-off grant payment for businesses who receive small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief.

You will be eligible as long as you claim one of the above mentioned forms of relief on your business rates bill, and your business occupies the property.

As long as you meet this criteria, please apply online at the business grant portal.

You will need your business rates reference number - if you do not have this please contact br@gloucester.gov.uk and an officer will contact you.

Retail, hospitality and leisure cash grant

A £25,000 one-off grant payment for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector, for businesses that have premises with a rateable value between £15,001-£51,000.

Please note: If your property has a rateable value below £15,000, you will instead receive a grant of £10,000.

You will be eligible as long as your business is in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector, you are a ratepayer of the business rates system, and you occupy property that are wholly or mainly used for:

  • 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

Please note: businesses with premises with a rateable value over £51,000 are NOT eligible for this scheme.

The online application portal for the grant scheme is now open for eligible claims​. 

Business Support Grant portal

Business Rates

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. This will apply to your business rates bills for the 2020/2021 tax year.

All eligible businesses have now been rebilled.

You will be eligible if your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are wholly or mainly being used:

  1. as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  2. for assembly and leisure
  3. as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

As long as you meet this criteria, there is nothing further you have to do. Gloucester City Council will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Please note: Nurseries now do not have to pay business rates for 2020-2021; those buildings occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage. As long as you meet the criteria, there is nothing further you have to do. Gloucester City Council have now rebilled all eligible nurseries.

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