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Online forms: Coronavirus - Government business support grant

The guidance for these schemes is available here and you should take time to read the relevant detail on the two schemes before applying : https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

In response to the Coronavirus, Covid – 19 the Government announced there would be support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. In the Budget and on 17 March, the Chancellor announced two grant schemes to provide that support.

  • Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) 
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.  Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme.

Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in either of these schemes (as at 11 March 2020). Hereditaments occupied for personal uses are also not eligible. Examples of where there may be personal use include private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings. Additionally car parks and parking spaces are also ineligible.

For the avoidance of doubt, businesses which as at the 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved, will not be eligible.

Only one grant may be awarded per hereditament. A separate form is required for each hereditament.

To safeguard the Council finances against potential fraud we will not be able to confirm your Business Rate account number or property reference over the telephone or by email

We have been made aware that a few of our ratepayers are receiving telephone calls from individuals purporting to be from Wyre Council or another Government Department asking for your bank details to enable payment. Please note: Wyre Council WILL NOT telephone you and ask for your bank details to be given over the phone

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