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Schemes relating to Business Rates are administered by the Council. Listed below are the various schemes available and how to access them:

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure (100% relief)

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 financial year. Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019-20 year will automatically be rebilled by us in early April 2020 with the 100% relief.

Who is eligible?

You will be eligible if:

  • Your business is based in our borough, and
  • Your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector, wholly or mainly being used: 
    • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,
    • for assembly and leisure; or
    • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

We will identify additional businesses that qualify in 2020-21 and contact you directly. If you have not heard from us and think you qualify, please email us a businessrates@sutton.gov.uk, quoting your business rates account number in the subject line.

Small Business Grant Funding of £10,000.

The Government is providing funding to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR). This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Who is eligible?

You will be eligible if:

  • Your business is based is based in our borough, and
  • You are a small business and already receive SBRR, and
  • You are a business that occupies property. (Empty properties are not eligible).

We will shortly be contacting our customers who we believe meet this criteria to arrange the grant. This grant will be paid automatically into your bank account if we hold this information or we will request these details from you. If you want to provide your bank details now please do so by emailing us at businessrates@sutton.gov.uk, quoting your business rates account number in the subject line please.

Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure of £25,000

The Government is providing a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property, if your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector.  You will receive, either: 

  • Businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Who is eligible?

You will be eligible if:

  • Your business is based in our borough, and
  • Your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector
  • Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used:
    • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
    • for assembly and leisure
    • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

We will shortly be contacting our customers who we believe meet this criteria to arrange the grant. If you have not received business rates relief from this Council in the past and you fall within these categories, please contact us using the email address below. This grant will be paid automatically into your bank account if we hold this information or we will request these details from you. If you want to provide your bank details now please do so by emailing us at businessrates@sutton.gov.uk, quoting your business rates account number in the subject line please.

This page provides a summary of support administered by the Council. There is a full list of all government support available.