New Local Authority Discretionary Grant (LADG) - Now Available

    A new form of discretionary grant is now available, during the Coronavirus situation, to support businesses which could not qualify for Small Business or Retail Leisure and Hospitality Grants. From 22 June until 13 July 2020 we are inviting applications for our grants from small and micro businesses. 

    In order to be considered a business must:

    • Have been trading from the premises on 11 March 2020 
    • Have significant fixed property costs (not exceeding £51,000 per year)
    • Not have a rateable value exceeding £51,000
    • Have suffered significant losses of income as a direct result of covid-19.
    • Be a small or micro company, satisfying at least 2 out of the following 3 criteria; Employ less than 50 people, have an annual turnover not exceeding £10.2m, have balance sheet assets not exceeding £5.1m 

    You cannot access the grants if you have received a disqualifying grant or government support:

    • Small Business Grant
    • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant 
    • The Fisheries Response Fund 
    • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS). 
    • The Zoos Support Fund 
    • The Dairy Hardship Fund 

    Awards will be determined from 13 July onwards according to the funding available at that time and will be assessed according to

    • The nature of the business, with priority being given to the manufacturing and engineering sectors 
    • The number of employees (headcount) 
    • The level of property costs
    • The level of income lost 

    LADG Online Application Form

    Prior to 22 June applications could only be made by

    • Occupiers of shared offices and spaces
    • Market Traders
    • Bed and Breakfast establishments, who do not pay business rates
    • Charities which cannot be eligible for Small Business Rate Relief, or Grant

    Where such business can demonstrate a significant loss of income due to covid-19, the council pay a grant of the lesser of £5,000 or 3 months’ property costs, including

    • Commercial Mortgage interest payments
    • Commercial Rent
    • Unavoidable property based service charges
    • Buildings and contents insurance in respect of commercial premises
    • Utility bills in respect of commercial premises.

    View the council’s Discretionary Business Grant Policy.

    Questions should be directed to or telephone 01785 619000.

    Small and Rural Businesses

    A grant of £10,000 is available to Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less who are currently in receipt of either small business rate relief or rural rate relief.  These will be shown on your bill.

    Business Grant - online form

    You will be asked to upload proof of your bank details if you do not currently pay rates by direct debit.

    Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses

    If your property qualified for Retail Rate Relief on 11 March 2020, you will be entitled to a grant of:

    • £10,000 if your rateable value is £15,000 or less
    • £25,000 if your rateable value is more than  £15,000 and less than £51,000

    This grant will also apply to Public Houses, Bingo Halls, Estate Agents and Letting Agents that have closed as result of coronavirus.

    To qualify, the premises must have been occupied and fit the qualifying criteria on 11 March.

    To be eligible for a grant (1 grant per property) you must:

    • Fit the criteria stated above
    • Be the person responsible  for business rates on 11 March 2020
    • NOT receive State Aid of more than 800,000 Euros in a 3 year period

    Business Grant - online form

    You will be asked to upload proof of your bank details if you do not currently pay rates by direct debit.

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