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New Grants For Business Rates

The Government has introduced new grants to support small businesses during the present uncertain times. These are one off payments, based on liability at 11th March 2020.

The payments will be made to the ratepayer at this time and there will be one payment per property to support rent and wages to be paid.

Letters will be sent to businesses we believe qualify, for one of these grants, asking for you to initially register for the grant at www.GrantApproval.co.uk giving us your contact details including email address.  We will then in a few days ask businesses by email who have registered to complete an online form giving information such as bank account details. Once these are completed in full we will process and any qualifying businesses will have the money transferred to their bank accounts.  We want to help smaller businesses as soon as possible so we are looking to make grant payments in week commencing the 6th April 2020.  Please keep checking information on our website. 

Small Business Grant

Qualifying businesses will receive £10,000. To qualify businesses would have been in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief on 11th March 2020. This would require them to have a rateable value (this is stated on your bill) of £15,000 or less. Only properties occupied on this date would be eligible.

Only trading business properties would qualify, so this excludes; property used for personal use, companies in liquidation or dissolved, car parks and parking spaces.

State Aid rules will apply for this grant, with a limit of 200,000 Euros. It is for the company to check they are not contravening these rules.  Further information on state aid can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/state-aid.

Retails, Leisure and Hospitality Grant 

Qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive £10,000 and if the rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000 they will receive £25,000.

Qualifying businesses are: shops (such as: florist, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off license, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets), charity shops, opticians, post offices, furnishing shops/display rooms, car/caravan show rooms, second hand car lots, markets, petrol stations, garden centres, art galleries. Also, hair and beauty services, shoe repairs/key cutting, travel agents, ticket offices, dry cleaners, launderettes, PC/TV/domestic repair, funeral directors, photo processing, tool hire, car hire. Also, restaurants, sandwich shops, coffee shops, pubs, bars, cinemas, hotels, guest and boarding houses, holiday homes, caravan parks and sites, live music venues.

From 25th March 2020 the following categories have also been included: Employment agencies, estate agents and letting agents, betting shops, wellness centres, spas, massage parlours, casinos, gambling clubs and bingo halls.

Excluded properties are: private stables, beach huts, moorings, car parks and parking spaces, financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureau de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers). Other services e.g. estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies. Medical services e.g. vets, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors. Professional services e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/financial advisers, tutors. Post office sorting office.

State Aid rules will apply for this grant, with a limit of 800,000 Euros. It is for the company to check they are not contravening these rules. Further information on state aid can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/state-aid.

To claim the business grant

A simple online form needs to be completed in the first instance to register for the business grant – this is available by clicking here www.GrantApproval.co.uk.  You are able to register now and leave details including an email address.  After you have done this we will contact you again in coming days and you will be able to sign in and complete the form, including giving bank account details.  The Council will then check eligibility and distribute grants as soon as it possibly can.  Please note that the information requested is to enable payment and for the Council to provide monitoring data back to the Government.  The Council may also use the data to update its business rates records.  All data is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 (UK GDPR).  We are planning to start getting grant payments out in week commencing 6th April 2020, provided you have completed the form and are eligible.

Please note that you may qualify for several grants if you own several properties that qualify in Mid Sussex DC.  If this is the case, though, you will only need to register once.  The system on the one registration when you apply will enable you to do it for all the properties.  Also even if you have a company you will need to register in the name of the person applying.  If there are any issues with the application please email the provider at us at businesssupport@midsussex.gov.uk.

Please sign up for an online business rates account

As a Business Rate payer, you can see details about your own account at https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/revsandbens/business-rates/  such as:

  • your current charge and previous charges
  • discounts and exemptions that have been granted
  • payments that have been made (excluding today)
  • your total account balance

You can also register to pay your Business Rates by Direct Debit.  We are continuing to be open as normal for businesses but our telephone lines are busier than normal.  If you need help about the business grants and cannot find it on our website please email us at businesssupport@midsussex.gov.uk.  If you need general business rates advice please email us at revenue@midsussex.gov.uk.

Any problems with Self Service

If you are having any problems with your self service account, please contact adminsupport@midsussex.gov.uk. This includes problems registering and logging in.