Financial support

Update on discretionary grants

We have now allocated all of the available £969,000 for discretionary grants to businesses in the Borough in need of financial support during this challenging time.

Applications for the discretionary grants are now closed.

Business Rates Grants

Applications for the business rates grants for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will remain open until 28 August.

The form should be completed and emailed to our Economy Team at 

We are also aware of the rate free holiday period for certain businesses, you do not need to contact us regarding this, we will identify all eligible accounts and re-bill in due course. 

Advice for Takeaway businesses:

During the current pandemic we have created a downloadable document detailing information and advice for Takeaway services during the current restrictions. 

Businesses MUST cancel direct debit for VAT if deferring 

Please be advised that you must cancel your direct debit for your VAT if you intend to defer.  
You can find out more information about the deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus.

If you choose to defer your VAT payment as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must pay the VAT due on or before 31 March 2021. 
You do not need to tell HMRC that you are deferring your VAT payment. If you normally pay by direct debit you should contact your bank to cancel your direct debit as soon as you can, or you can cancel online if you’re registered for online banking. 

Useful Webinars

A webinar that might be useful for our retail businesses.

The power of social media taking your business online - is provided by Natwest, booking required for webinar  on 14 July.