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Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support rates / grants

Rates relief and grants

Small business grant funding

Any small business in any sector, already getting Small Business Rates Relief, will get a £10,000 grant.

If this applies to your business, we’ll be in touch with you soon, but in the meantime please complete and send us the online form if you think you may be eligible, as we will need to verify your business bank details and validate your application. Complete the £10,000 grant request form online

Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure

If you’re a retail, hospitality or leisure business operating from premises with a Rateable Value between £15,000 and £51,000, you can claim a £25,000 grant.

Please take the time to complete and send the online form if you think you may be eligible, as we will need to verify your business bank details and validate your application. Complete the £25,000 grant request form online.

Retail, hospitality, and leisure grant fund

This funding is to help retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by coronavirus.

A grant of £10,000 is available to business which have a rateable value up to and including £15,000 and are operating within the retail, leisure, and hospitality industry. Complete the retail, hospitality, and leisure grant fund form online.

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure

Our retail, hospitality and leisure businesses are vitally important to Middlesbrough and the UK economy. The government has announced these businesses will be supported with a 100% retail rates relief discount for the next 12 months.

If the scheme applies to you, you should get a letter from us. You will also get a revised bill. This means that your business will not need to make any business rates payments during the financial year 2020/2021. Please do not pay anything in the meantime.

Other help and support

Any new government announcements will be updated here as we get them.

All businesses, self-employed, and sole traders who need support with any UK tax payments and customs should call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the pandemic. These measures will be introduced as soon as possible. When these powers come into force, there is no requirement to apply for change of use.

We will continue to urgently look at ways in which we can continue to support businesses and residents. If you need any further information on wider business support and guidance available, please check our business support page. You can also email invest@middlesbrough.gov.uk (Middlesbrough Council business email) or support@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk (Tees Valley Combined Authority).

For the latest local updates and information, visit the coronavirus page or like/follow COVID-19 Boro on Facebook or Twitter.

Read the latest advice from Government and Public Health England.