Update as at 11am Saturday 28th March 2020
The council's business rates team has sent a letter to each business who it believes will qualify for a grant based on the guidance received by government, this letter will give details on how to receive the grant payment and will be delivered by the Royal Mail on Monday 30 March 2020.
An online form to request the payment is also now available at www.gateshead.gov.uk/businessrategrants
You will need your business rate account number to complete the form, if you have multiple properties you will need to complete a separate grant request for each one of these quoting the unique business rate account number for each property.
If you don't have your rate account number and you don't have access to your business premises to retrieve it, please email the council's business rates team at firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will be able to help you with this. Please quote Grant Relief in the subject title of your email.
Full guidance has now been received from Government for business grants and reliefs
Small Business Grants Fund
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.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
A grant of £25,000 will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with rateable values between £15,001 and £50,999.
To qualify for the above grants you must have been already registered as the ratepayer on 11 March 2020.
The above grants are currently subject to state aid.
Gateshead Council will be issuing letters to all ratepayers who may be entitled to the grants shortly.
A brief online application and declaration will need to be completed.
The Government has announced that from 1 April 2020 retail discount will be increased to 100%.
This has now been extended to hospitality and leisure properties (such as gyms, theatres, hotels and museums) and is awarded to occupied properties that are predominantly retail and have a rateable value under £51,000. Properties that have now closed due to Government guidance are still entitled to the relief. If you are already in receipt of this we will be updating the award on your account and issuing updated bills in due course.
We will be contacting hospitality and leisure properties to confirm entitlement shortly.
Business Rates - retail holiday 2020 to 2021
The Government has proposed a retail holiday for all retail, private childcare nurseries, hospitality and leisure businesses for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. We will be updating accounts shortly.
You do not need to employ a third party to apply for the grants and any application will only take a few minutes.
The intention of the grant is to assist with business continuity and is not a rates reduction.
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