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New Grants For Business Rates

The first business rates grants were paid out from April, we have paid over 2,000 non-discretionary business grants totalling over £25m and 276 discretionary business grants totalling £1.4m.

If you have applied for a grant please monitor your bank account rather than contact us. The remaining grants are being paid as fast as we can. Please note that members of the team are cold calling businesses yet to apply for the business grant. Thank you for your patience.

The Government has introduced business grants to support small businesses during the present uncertain times. These are one off payments, based on business rates liability at 11th March 2020.  They also introduced a discretionary grant for businesses not paying business rates that still have property costs.

The payments will be made to the ratepayer or business as appropriate at this time to support business rent and property expenses.

Businesses paying business rates who qualify for one of the business grants, as they receive extended retail relief or small business rates relief, are asked to register and complete a form for the grant at www.GrantApproval.co.uk if they have not already applied. You do not require notification to register.

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, as well as a check against Fraud and State Aid implications.  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 started getting business grant payments out in early April and will continue to do this provided you complete the form and are eligible.

The Mid Sussex Discretionary Grant scheme announced by the Government is now closed and we are not accepting additional applications at this time. 

All completed eligible claims for the small business and extended retail business grants have been processed and grants paid if they are an eligible business.

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.

Only one grant is available for properties in this category.

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 such as Medical services e.g. vets, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors. Professional services e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/financial advisers, tutors. Post office sorting office.

If you have any doubt whether you qualify for a grant please email us at businesssupport@midsussex.gov.uk

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 grant

A simple online form needs to be completed to enable the Council to pay you the business grant should you qualify– this is available by clicking here www.GrantApproval.co.uk.  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, as well as a check against Fraud and State Aid implications.  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). 

The system will ask for certain details, so it is suggested you have your business rates or utility bill or lease (as appropriate) for the property you are claiming the grant for with you when you complete the form.  You will also need at least two forms of ID for your business. These documents are requested to prove that the information provided does relate to the business and to reduce the risk of someone falsely requesting your grant.

Please note that you may qualify for several grants if you own several properties that qualify in Mid Sussex DC, although you can only claim one grant per property.  If this is the case, though, you will only need to register once. The system requires only one registration for the business when you apply this will enable you to do it for all the relevant properties which have extended retail relief. Even if you have a company you will need to register in the name of the person applying to prevent fraud.  If there are any issues with the application please email the Council at businesssupport@midsussex.gov.uk.

Please also be aware that the Council will seek to recovery wrongly paid grants and will take the appropriate action if any fraud is committed claiming a grant.

For further information on the processing of data to do this please refer to https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn/covid19.