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COVID-19 Business Support Grants: Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund 

This scheme has now been closed by the Government.

For more information on business rates discounts and other help available please email businessrates@gateshead.gov.uk.

This is an additional fund to the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), and it is aimed at certain small and micro businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund, and which have relatively high ongoing, fixed property-related costs, and which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Small Business Grants Fund (£10,000)

This scheme has now been closed by the Government.

For more information on business rates discounts and other help available please email businessrates@gateshead.gov.uk.

The government will provide additional funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no Business Rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR). This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to around 700,000 business currently eligible for SBRR or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs. 

You can also apply if you do not receive SBRR but have a rateable value of £15,000 or under and your business premises is classed as retail, leisure or hospitality. This was extended to include betting shops, estate / letting agents, employment agencies, community groups and charity shops.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (£25,000)

This scheme has now been closed by the Government.

For more information on business rates discounts and other help available please email businessrates@gateshead.gov.uk.

A grant of £25,000 will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with rateable values between £15,001 and £50,999. This was extended to include betting shops, estate / letting agents, employment agencies, community groups and charity shops.

To qualify for the above grants you must have been already registered as the ratepayer and have been trading from the property on 11 March 2020.

Important State Aid information

Any business receiving the Small Business Grant (SBGF) of £10,000 or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) of £25,000, should be aware of the changes made to state aid limits.

The state aid limit for businesses receiving the Small Business Grant remains at €200,000 over a three year period whereas the limit for businesses receiving the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant has been increased to €800,000 over a three year period. The larger limit will mainly apply to large national companies.

If you believe you will exceed either of these limits you must contact the council's business rates team for advice.

Expanded retail discount - 2020 to 2021

The Government has announced that from 1 April 2020 retail discount will be increased to 100%.

This is awarded to occupied properties that are predominantly retail and has been extended to hospitality and leisure properties (such as gyms, theatres, hotels and museums).

Properties that have now closed due to Government guidance are still entitled to the relief.

If you have not received your updated bill but believe that you should have received this discount please email the business rates team at businessrates@gateshead.gov.uk

Nursery Discount - 2020 to 2021

Properties occupied by providers of Ofsted's Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage will qualify for 100% relief.

If you believe that you are entitled to this relief but it is not shown on your bill please contact the business rates team.

Beware of business rates scams and fraudFind out more to help protect yourself.

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