Businesses and employers

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 to access up to date news, advice and support that is available for your business.

Business Rate Relief

We have now received guidance from the Government about the rates holiday for businesses in the Retail, Leisure & Hospitality sectors. A copy can be found at: Expanded rates relief scheme 2020/21

We are compiling a list of qualifying businesses based on the official valuation office description for your property (ie. Shop / Public House / Hotel etc) if your property has an industrial description such as workshop / warehouse and you think you meet the guidelines, please email details about your business to along with contact details, so we can consider your claim.

Grants for Businesses

As it currently stands there are two proposed schemes:- 

Scheme 1 – Business Support Grants Fund 

The current proposal is that all properties in receipt of rural rate relief or small business rates relief on 11th March, including those in receipt of tapered relief, will be eligible for a grant payment of £10,000.

Scheme 2 – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund

Announced by the Chancellor on the 17th March the current proposal is that properties which would have qualified for a retail discount on 11th March will be entitled to either £10,000 where the RV is £15,000 or less or £25,000 where the RV is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000.

We are still awaiting full guidelines for both schemes but indications are they should be paid automatically. To do this we will need to contact you direct, so to assist with this please email the name and address of your business along with the account reference (if know) and a contact telephone number to

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

Nursery Discount


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