Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

This scheme is now closed.

The council's  Economic Development team is available to offer general business support to any business, and can be contacted at business.support@chichester.gov.uk.   They can advise you on how to sign up for their regular newsletter which is a good way to ensure you keep up to date about any potential funding opportunities and  other support  which may be available.

 

Retail Relief

In response to COVID-19, at Budget 2020, the government announced that it would provide additional business rate support to some small businesses.

The Chancellor announced, as a temporary measure for 2020/21 that he would;-

  • Increase the level of the retail discount to 100% for eligible retail businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000;
  • Expand the retail discount to include hospitality and leisure properties, with a rateable value of less than £51,000 (such as museums, theatres, gyms and hotels);

The Chancellor then announced on 17 March 2020 further business rates support to help the most-affected firms by;

  • giving all retail, hospitality, leisure businesses & nurseries in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months

A further announcement was made on 25 March 2020 that further business rates support would be provided to affected firms by;

  • giving Employment Agencies, Estate Agents and Letting Agents, and Betting shops a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months

Any account that has been identified as being entitled to this relief, should by now have received a revised account. 

 

Grant Funding

This scheme is now closed.

The council's  Economic Development team is available to offer general business support to any business, and can be contacted at business.support@chichester.gov.uk.   They can advise you on how to sign up for their regular newsletter which is a good way to ensure you keep up to date about any potential funding opportunities and  other support  which may be available.

 

Pub Relief

The chancellor also announced at Budget 2020 that the level of pubs discount would increase to £5,000 for pubs with a rateable value less than £100,000.

Businesses that qualify for this relief, have now been issued with a revised business rates account.