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Business Support Grants

Updates for businesses.

RESTART GRANTS 

All eligible businesses will need to make an application for a restart grant even if your business has received payment from previous grants.

To qualify, the business must be a business ratepayer, must have been trading on 1 April 2021 and be in one of the relevant sectors

Restart Grant Eligible Businesses 

Restart Grant Application Portal

Please note that the council are required to undertake more extensive and robust pre-payment checks on the restart grants, so processing times for these grants may be longer.


The guidance documentation can be found by clicking the link below

Restart Grant Guidance

Extra protection for businesses who rent premises

GFirst LEP - the Local Economic Partnership for Gloucestershire Stroud District Council works closely with GFirst LEP. GFirst LEP is leading the provision of support for businesses through the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please view www.gfirstlep.com/news/coronavirus-updates to access up to date news, advice and support that is available for your business.

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction - view www.gov.uk for details.

Expanded Retail Discount

The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018 that it would provide a Business Rates Retail Discount, to apply in the years 2019/20 and 2020/21. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, in the Budget on 11 March the Government announced that it would increase the discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. Following the announcement on 23 March 2020 of further measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Government confirmed that some of the exclusions for this relief have been removed, so that retail, leisure, and hospitality properties that will have had to close as a result of the restriction measures will now be eligible for the relief.

This relief will apply to retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

Business Rates 2021/22  

From the 1st April 2021 a revised retail discount is applicable.  For the period 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021 a 100% discount is applicable, but from the 1st July 2021 to 31st March 2022 the discount is reduced to 66.6% of the pro rata charge.

Certain cash cap limits apply to the new discount scheme, basic details are below:

No cash caps will apply for the period between 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

Under the cash caps, a ratepayer may only receive up to the following cash caps of Expanded Retail Discount in 2021/22 ignoring any relief for the period before 1 July 2021:

£2 million for ratepayers meeting the eligibility for the closed cash cap test, or £105,000 for all other ratepayers.

For further guidance please click the link below:

Expanded Relief Guidance

Cash Cap Declaration With Explanation Letter

Cash Cap Declaration

Refusal of Expanded Retail Relief Discount Form

Nursery Discount

We have now been given guidance regarding a business rates nursery discount. Please see link below for qualifying criteria.

Nursery Discount Guidance

The relief will apply to properties occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

For the financial year from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, a 100% discount is applicable.

From the 1st April 2021 a revised nursery discount is applicable.  For the period 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021 a 100% discount is applicable, but from the 1st July 2021 to 31st March 2022 the discount is reduced to 66.6% of the pro rata charge.

Certain cash cap limits apply to the new discount scheme, basic details are below:

No cash caps will apply for the period between 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

Under the cash caps, a ratepayer may only receive up to the following cash caps of Nursey Discount in 2021/22 ignoring any relief for the period before 1 July 2021:

£105,000 for all ratepayers.

For further guidance please click the link below:

Nursery Discount Guidance

State Aid/Subsidy Control 

The rules on the amount of state aid a business is allowed to claim changed on 04 March 2021 - please see full details about subsidy control;

Subsidy Control State Aid March 2021

A downloadable subsidy declaration form is available here:

Subsidy Allowance Declaration

The new domestic subsidy allowance for the Covid-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous state aid rules. The new subsidy allowance scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small amounts of financial assistance allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • Covid-19 business grant allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • Covid-19 business grant special allowance - if you have reached your limits

Under the small amounts of financial assistance allowance and Covid-19 business grant allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

 

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