Support for businesses affected by coronavirus

The Government has made support available to help businesses affected by the coronavirus. This will last for 12 months. Support is available in the form of Business Rates and grants.

As of 18 May, we have paid business grants to 2,283  businesses totalling more than £26.67million. We still have some to process and are working through them as fast as we can. Please check your bank account to see if the money has arrived. 

How to register for grant support

 Important: You only have until 28 August to apply for grant support funding. If you qualify then do not delay.

Please fill in the online registration form. We will need all the information requested. This includes your bank account details as in most cases we will not hold current details for you. Please fill in the form carefully and accurately to avoid any delay.

If you own more than one business, or have multiple and separately rated premises, and believe you may be entitled to multiple grants please make sure you register for each business.

Register for grant support

You can find more information about grant support below.

Grant support

Small Business Grant

Small businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 and in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief are eligible for a grant of £10,000.

 To qualify for the grant, businesses must have been liable for the business rates on their property on 11 March 2020 and be in receipt of small business rate relief.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Properties in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of up to £51,000 qualify for a cash grant of either £10,000 or £25,000. This is subject to state aid limits.

Qualifying criteria for grant support

To qualify for a grant, businesses must have been liable for the business rates on their property on 11 March 2020 and have an entitlement to Expanded Retail Discount. As Expanded Retail Discount doesn’t begin until 1 April 2020, eligibility will be decided based on whether a property would have qualified for the discount had the scheme been in place on 11 March 2020.

Businesses that qualify under the scheme with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will be eligible for a grant of £10,000 and businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999 will be eligible for a grant of £25,000.

There is one grant payable per property.

 The following will not be eligible for grant support:

  • Properties occupied for personal use, including but not limited to beach huts, private stables and loose boxes and moorings
  • Car parks and parking spaces
  • Businesses that were dissolved or in liquidation on 11 March 2020 will not be eligible for either grant.

If the Valuation Office Agency makes any changes to the Rating List for your property after the 11 March 2020 or a change is backdated to include 11 March 2020, you will not be eligible for the grant. However, if the Rating List is amended after receiving your grant, meaning you are no longer eligible for it, we will not recover the grant from you.

If we know that the Rating List is incorrect on 11 March 2020, we can withhold payment of the grant or we can choose to pay it to the person that would have received it if the list had been accurate.

To receive this funding, you must show on our records as the ratepayer of the property on 11 March 2020. If we believe our records might be incorrect, we can withhold payment of the grant until reasonable steps have been taken to confirm the identity of the correct ratepayer.

Any grant that is paid to an incorrect ratepayer will be recovered if it is found they were not the liable person for business rates on 11 March 2020. Landlords and Managing Agents are asked to help us make sure we have the correct ratepayers’ details.

Payment of the grant is subject to state aid limits. If you request a grant and you have already received elements of state aid in this or the last three financial years that could put you over the temporary €800,000 limit, you will need to complete a state aid declaration before we can pay any grant.

If we suspect you may be over that limit, or if any grant paid will take you over that limit, we may request you complete a state aid declaration.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back. 

Discretionary grant funding

See our Covid-19 Business Information page for details.

Business Rates discounts

There are two main changes that will affect your Business Rates Bills in 2020/21.

Expanded Retail discount

A 100% Business Rates Retail Discount will be applied to all occupied retail, leisure and hospitality businesses for the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

Pub relief

Pubs with a rateable value of between £51,000 and £100,000 will get a discount of £5,000.

Changes to accounts

Changes to accounts will be made after March 2020 once we have more information from the Government.

Business Rates bills for 2020/21 have already been sent out. If these changes apply to you then we will send you a new bill as soon as possible.

If these changes do not apply to you then your account is correct. You should make payment as shown on your bill.

If you have any questions please call 0300 4560560 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Business Rates discount for nurseries

As an extraordinary response to the coronavirus, the Government announced a business rates Nursery Discount on 18 March 2020.

This relief will apply to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

If you have not received a revised bill and believe you are eligible for this discount please contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Advice and support

Our Business page has more information about other types of support available.

Other types of Business Rates Relief

Your business property may qualify for relief on business rates, read the pdf Wychavon Guidelines for Awarding Rate Relief (246 KB)  for supplementary information. See the range of reductions available below.

Empty property

Business Rates is not be payable for the first three months that a property is empty.  After the 3-month period, rates will be charged at 100% unless the property is exempt e.g. listed buildings, empty properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs. Some properties are eligible for extended empty property relief, find out more on the Exempted buildings and empty buildings relief.

Partially empty property

If only part of the premises is being used it may be possible to reduce the amount of business rates that are paid.

The relief would stop if:

  • the unoccupied part becomes occupied
  • the property becomes completely unoccupied  

If you wish to claim or inquire about this relief you should Contact us immediately, and we will arrange for one of our Visiting Officers to visit your premises.

Small Business Rate Relief

  • To qualify your property's rateable value must be less than £15,00
  • Your business only uses one property - you may still be able to get relief if you use more

If you wish to apply, complete the Application for pdf Small Business Rate Relief (178 KB)

Rural Rate Relief

Businesses in a Rural Settlement  could qualify for Mandatory or Discretionary Rural Rate Relief on their Non Domestic Rates bill.

A list of the areas that are designated pdf Rural Settlement list (196 KB)  is available on our website or in our contact centres at Pershore, Evesham and Drotwich.

Mandatory Rural Rate Relief

To qualify for 100% Mandatory Rural Rate Relief, your business premises must:

  • be within the boundaries of a qualifying rural settlement.
  • have a rateable value of not more than £8,500 in the case of a Post Office, general store or food shop.
  • have a rateable value of not more than £12,500 in the case of a public house or petrol filling station.
  • be used in whole or in part, as a general store, Post Office or both, or as a public house, food shop or petrol filling station.
  • be either the only general store, the only Post Office, the only public house or the only petrol filling station in the rural settlement.

Complete the Mandatory Rural Rate Relief application form by downloading the pdf Mandatory Rural Rate Relief application form (143 KB) .

If you do not qualify for Mandatory Relief, you may still qualify for Discretionary Relief dependent on meeting certain criteria.

Discretionary Rural Rate Relief

We may grant up to 50% relief to any general store, food shop, Post Office, public house or petrol filling station which does not qualify for the Mandatory Rural Rate Relief.

  • A business can apply for Discretionary Rural Rate Relief of 50% provided that it:
  • is within the boundaries of a qualifying rural settlement.
  • has a rateable value of less than £16,500.
  • is used for purposes which are of benefit to the local community, and
  • is reasonable for us to make such a decision having regard to the interests of persons liable to pay Council Tax set by it.

Complete the Discretionary Rural Rate Relief application form by downloading the pdf  Discretionary Rural Rate Relief application form (146 KB) .

Charitable and Discretionary Relief

Registered charities, charitable organisations and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC's) are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes.

  • Relief is given at 80 per cent of the bill. We have the discretion to give a further 20% relief on the remaining bill depending upon what the premises are used for.
  • We also have the discretion to give up to 50% discretionary relief on all or part of any rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making organisations for example; sports clubs, societies, village halls and youth associations.

Complete the Mandatory and Discretionary Rate Relief application form by downloading the pdf Mandatory and Discretionary Relief application form (113 KB) .

You can get further information on Rate Relief by visiting the Business Rates page on the GOV.UK website.

Discretionary Scheme

A breakdown of the £300 million funding available to support businesses in Wychavon that are most affected by the recent revaluation.

 

Total Pot

Wychavon District Council’s Allocation

2017/18

£175 Million

£295,000

2018/19

£85 Million

£143,000

2019/20

£35 Million

£59,000

2020/21

£5 Million

£8,000


This scheme has been automatically applied to eligible accounts therefore businesses do not need to apply.

Qualifying Criteria

To maximise the funding available the following criteria has been used:

  • The business has had an increase in Rateable Value as a result of the recent revaluation 2017/18
  • The relief in 2017/18 will be fixed at 75% of business rates growth between 2016/17 and 2017/18
  • The business has a Rateable Value under £200,000
  • The business is not part of a national chain
  • The business is not a public sector organisation or a housing association
  • The hereditaments must be occupied
  • The minimum relief awarded will be £100.00

If you believe you meet the qualification criteria and have not been included in this scheme please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hardship Relief

Businesses may be entitled to a reduction from rates if they are suffering hardship and they can show that the local community would suffer a loss if the business was to close.  

As each case needs to be determined on its merits you should Contact us for further information.

Supporting Small Businesses Relief

To support ratepayers facing large increases, as a result of the loss of rural rate and small business rate relief due to the revaluation. The ‘Supporting Small Businesses’ relief will ensure that the increase per year is limited to the greater of:

  1. a percentage increase of 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 15% and 15% in 2017/18 to 2021/22 all plus inflation.  Unlike the transitional relief scheme, for the first year of the scheme the percentage increase is taken against the bill for 31 March 2017 after small business rate relief or rural rate relief; and
  2. a cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month).  This cash minimum increase ensures that those ratepayers paying nothing or very small amounts in 2016/17 after small business rate relief are brought into paying something

Ratepayers remain in the Supporting Small Businesses relief scheme for either 5 years or until they reach the bill they would have paid without the scheme. 

This relief has been automatically applied to eligible accounts and therefore there is no formal application process, however, for any further information regarding this relief, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newspaper relief

Office space occupied by local newspapers can get a discount of up to £1,500 per year until 31 March 2025.

Newspaper relief can be claimed up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per property and up to state aid limits.