Retail, Hospitality and Leisure businesses

Business rates holiday

We will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

Please read the Government Guidance for Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector
    Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:
  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020.

However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill automatically to exclude the business rate charge. They will do this as soon as possible.

You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator.

Further guidance for local authorities is available in the expanded retail discount guidance.

Cash grants

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.

For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000.

For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000, they will receive a grant of £25,000.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector
    Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:
  • 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

How to access the scheme

You do not need to do anything. We will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.

We are waiting to receive funds. Once they are received, we will start administering them.

Any grant award is required to comply with the EU law on State Aid, where you cannot receive 'State Aid' in excess of €800,000, over a three year period, under the Regulations EC 1407/2013.

Please note: We have received a large number of applications for grants and are processing them as quickly as we can. We will contact you very soon about your application.

If you have already submitted a form there is no need to submit another one.

Please use the online form (link below) to access a one off grant.

Apply online

Downloads

Guidance notes for small business grant fund and retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund

Stevenage Discretionary Business grant policy