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Support for businesses affected by Coronavirus

Up to date information about support for businesses affected by the pandemic can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus support page. 

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About your business rates

If you own a business, you may have to pay business rates (or NNDR which stands for National Non-Domestic Rates).

Non-Domestic Rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenues.

The money, together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area. 

Enterprise Zone

Hillhouse International Enterprise Zone (EZ) in Thornton-Cleveleys was officially launched on 01/04/2016.

The Council is able to offer business rate relief up to a total value of £275,000 over a five year period where a business moves to the EZ before 31/03/2022.  Relief will be available to new businesses moving to the EZ and may be available to re-locating and existing businesses in limited circumstances.

Further information is available at

Explanatory Notes 2021 - 2022

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn statement in December 2016 that from 1 April 2017 the explanatory notes that are usually included with Business Rates bills would instead now be made available online.

For more information please see the 2021/22 Business Rates Explanatory Notes   

Further information about Business Rates, reliefs and exemptions can be found on the other pages below.