Business grants and business rates

Information about Business Grants and paying Business Rates

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Pay your Business Rates

Spread your payments and do it online by setting up a direct debit

Please note all payments must be received within this financial year.

Did you know you can set up an online business rates account? Registering for this is easy and will allow you to view your business rate details. More information on this can be found at:

If you cannot settle the business rates due before the end of March 2021 please contact the business rates team on 01455 265450 and select option 3


Business Rates

We have identified and re-billed businesses that are eligible for the expanded retail discount. Amended demand notices have now been issued to our customers. This relates to the current financial year only (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021).

For Business Rates customers that still have arrears from the last financial year it is important that you contact us to discuss how this will be repaid. Therefore, if you have previous years arrears or if are having difficulties paying your current years charges, please contact us as a matter of urgency.

It is important that you engage with us if you are struggling to pay as we may be able to negotiate a mutually acceptable repayment plan before formal recovery proceedings are considered.

Please visit the Help paying business rates page for more information about any discounts ,reliefs or exemptions you may be entitled to. 


Business Grants

The government has announced support for businesses in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Following the notification from the Government regarding changes to support businesses via business rate bills and grants, Harborough District Council will prioritise administering the changes following receipt of the relevant government legislation enabling them to do so.  


The Leicestershire Business Recovery fund 

The Leicestershire Business Recovery Fund has been launched to provide support for rural businesses and independent retail businesses, to enable them to overcome the impacts they may have faced, or are still facing, as a result of COVID-19.

Grants are available between £2,000 and £10,000 (excluding VAT) and the scheme will provide 50% grant support, with the applicant providing the other 50% as match funding.

It is managed by Leicestershire County Council and funded through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Business Rate Pool, and has been set up to ensure business recovery, including supporting businesses to diversify and increase their digital skills.


Discretionary Grants for businesses

Applications for discretionary grants opened on the Wednesday 3 June 2020 and closed on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

Please note that the Discretionary Grants for businesses is now closed for applications. 


Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund

Please note that both Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants fund scheme has now closed with effect from 28 August 2020.