COVID-19 business support

Financial support

We are advising business owners to be on their guard to avoid falling victim to fraudulent attacks by phone, text, email or online during this COVID-19 situation and to treat any requests for personal or financial information with extreme caution.

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Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019-20 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

You will be eligible if your business is based in England and your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are 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.

There is no action for you. We will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Business Rates Holiday for Childcare Nurseries

Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There is no action for you. We will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.


Government financial support

The Government have a number of financial schemes and guidance which may be able to support your business. Find out about all the business support available from the Government (opens in new window).

You can also sign up to receive free alerts from the Government about support for businesses and self-employed people during coronavirus (opens in new window).


Business support not specific to COVID-19

We have a number of business grants, a free advice service and a range of business support available that is not limited to COVID-19.

Visit our business support section