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Local councils have made a range of new top-up grants and loans available to small businesses in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Small Business Support Top-up Grants 

Details of discretionary grants of up to £10k, £10k and £25k for small businesses not previously qualifying for the Business Rates-related Property Grants. 

Available for business: 

    • have fewer than 50 employees;

    • have significant ongoing fixed building related costs (such as rent); 

    • can demonstrate a significant fall in income in recent months due to Coronavirus restriction measures and; 

    • were trading before 11 March 2020 

The type of businesses that appear to be able to apply include (but may not apply for every Council): 

    • Small businesses in shared or other flexible spaces 

    • Regular market traders who do not have their own Business Rate assessment 

    • Bed and Breakfasts (who pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates) 

    • Nurseries not eligible for Small Business Rates Relief 

    • Certain supply chain businesses supporting the Retail, Leisure or Hospitality sectors 

    • Charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief (and who would otherwise be eligible for Small Business Rates Relief) 

*If a business has received a £10k or £25k grant already because it benefits from Small Business Rates Relief or is in the Retail, Service and Hospitality Sector then they will not be eligible for this grant. 


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Tom Whitworth

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