Coronavirus Help To Support Businesses

Support is available for business rate payers as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Find out more about Business Rates.

Cash grants

Some businesses may be eligible for Government grants to help support them.

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme offers cash grants of £25,000 where the business property's rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000, and £10,000 where the rateable value is less than £15,000.

A further discretionary grant is available for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of between £51,000 and £75,000 only. The level of grant available will be subject to the volume of applications received and the funding remaining against New Forest District Council's initial allocation. Businesses eligible for this fund will be contacted individually and should apply using the online form below.

The Small Business Grant provides funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief

To be eligible for either of these grants, you need to have been in occupation at your business premises and the ratepayer on or before 11 March 2020.

There are some exclusions, including properties used for personal usage such as beach huts and private stables.

You can apply for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Small Business Grant using the online form below.

To complete this form you will need your Business Rates account number, which starts with 30 and can be found on your bill. If you have more than one property eligible for a grant, you will need to make a separate application for each property.

For further information on Business Rates support grants, download the document below.

Icon for pdf Business Rates Support Grant Further Information [66.07KB]

Visit the GOV.UK website for full details of coronavirus business support grant funding.

Business Rates holiday

Some businesses, including registered childcare nurseries, will be eligible for a Business Rates holiday for one year from 1 April 2020.

If you are currently receiving the Expanded Retail Discount for your Business Rates bill, you will receive a revised bill with 100% relief.

You may be eligible for the 100% discount on your Business Rates bill in either of the following circumstances:

  • your business occupies a property in the retail sector with a rateable value of £51,000 or more
  • your business occupies a property in the leisure or hospitality sectors.

If your business is a nursery, you will be entitled to the 100% relief for the next year.

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