The Government has announced a growing number of measures designed to support businesses during the national shut down.

If the business was in occupation on 11 March, the support that we will be providing is:

Discretionary grant available for small businesses who have not received a Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The government announced on Saturday 2 May that it is providing local authorities with additional funding to target small businesses that have suffered due to the Covid-19 crisis but are not eligible for the current grant schemes.

The following types of businesses could benefit from this new grant:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces that do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • B&Bs who pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief that would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief.

You can read a Discretionary Grant Policy (257kb) that states who can claim a grant and how the grant will be calculated. An online application form is available until 11pm on 16 June. Payments of successful applications will be made in the week commencing 29 June 2020.

The application process has now closed.  

Expanded Retail Discount

Businesses can receive 100 per cent discount off the business rate bill for 2020/21 if they are:

  • Shops, restaurants, cafes,
    drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • Places for assembly and leisure
  • Hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

We have now processed this change and revised bills (showing nothing to pay) have been sent to all eligible businesses.

If you have not received a revised bill but think you may qualify for this expanded retail discount then you can review the government guidance for the Retail Discount Scheme or to check whether your bill has been reissued you can contact us on Revenues@hertsmere.gov.uk

Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates

This is a new business rate relief for properties occupied by providers of Ofsted’s Early Years Register or properties wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

If you qualify you do not need to take any action and you will receive a revised bill showing nothing to pay towards the end of April.

We have already taken action to cancel your April direct debit but we need to implement a system update prior to issuing revised bills.

For further information you can also review the Governments guidance on support for nursery businesses that pay business rates.

Grant for small businesses

This is a one off grant of £10,000 paid to businesses which receive small business rate relief.

In order to receive this grant you will need to complete a business rates grant fund online form so we can check your eligibility and capture your bank details and validate your claim. 

Grant for retail hospitality and leisure businesses

This is a grant that will be paid to the following establishments:

  • Shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • Places for assembly and leisure
  • Hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

  • Business properties with a Rateable value of £15,000 or less to receive £10,000
  • Business properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 to receive £25,000

If you already pay your business rates by direct debit then this grant will be paid directly into your bank account. If you do not pay by direct debit you will need to provide your bank details via our business rates grant fund online form.

State aid

These grants are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid and you
are required to make a declaration of compliance. Further details are available
on our business rates grant fund online form.

How to claim

To register your details and make your State Aid declaration please complete the business rates grant fund online form.

Payments will be made via BACS, please allow three working days for the payment to reach your bank account. 

Hertfordshire Growth Hub

Hertfordshire Growth Hub is the central point of access for business support in Hertfordshire, and is on hand to help businesses access the advice and guidance they need to minimise the impact of the coronavirus shutdown.