Business grants and business rates
Information about Business Grants and paying 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.
The Government has announced a range of grants for business premises which were forced to close (such as non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses) due to the national lockdown restrictions, between 5 November - 2 December 2020.
- Grants for Closed Businesses to support businesses, which pay NNDR (business rates or rate relief)
- Discretionary Grants Scheme for small businesses and charities, which don’t pay NND (business rates or rate relief)
- Top Up Grants Scheme to provide support for businesses which have been significantly impacted due to the lockdown.
We would also request that you do not contact Customer Services at Harborough District Council about this as they are busy dealing with many other enquiries.
Grant for ‘wet-led pubs’
The government have announced on 1 December 2020 that pubs that do not serve food or ‘wet pubs’ who are unable to open in Tier 2 or Tier 3 will be able to access a one-off grant payment of £1,000. Find out more here.
Tier 3 Local Restrictions Grant
From 2 December Harborough district, and the wider Leicestershire area, is under Tier 3 (very high) restrictions. Government grants will be available to eligible effected businesses.
We are still awaiting the guidance and full details regarding these schemes and will update this page as soon as we have been provided with the details. You can also email Covid19discretionarygrantsupport@harborough.gov.uk to register your interest for these grants. You will be informed when the grants are open for applications.
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.
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.