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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 1 August and extend your payments through until March.

Please complete this form to request this payment plan.


Discretionary Grant Fund Second Round

The second round for the Discretionary Grant Fund application has now closed. 

Applications are currently being assessed - please note, it is taking a considerable amount of time to assess applications and ensure sufficient evidence has been provided. We will be in touch with those businesses that have applied as soon as we can.

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.

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.


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

The Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail Fund is now closed.

Applications are currently being assessed - please note, it is taking a considerable amount of time to assess applications and ensure sufficient evidence has been provided. We will be in touch with those businesses that have applied as soon as we can.

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.

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.

 


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.