Business grants 2020-21

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Discretionary Grant Scheme

In May the government announced a further Discretionary Grant Scheme Fund to assist small businesses who do not currently qualify for the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

A limited amount of funding has been provided to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council by the government to help local small businesses which continue to face financial difficulties due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The government has provided guidance to local authorities on how the scheme should be run which allows some discretion to allow for types of businesses that that are most relevant to the local economy. In line with the government guidance we will use this funding to support the following prioritised businesses:

In line with the government guidance we will use this funding to support the following prioritised businesses:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces e.g. industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc., which do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Regular Market Traders who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

These grants can only go to:

  • Businesses with ongoing fixed building-related costs
  • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
  • Business with fewer than 50 employees
  • Businesses that were trading on or before 11 March
  • Businesses that trade and do business in the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council area
  • Businesses NOT operating from a domestic address (unless as Bed & Breakfast accommodation)
  • Businesses who have NOT already received a Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant.

The full details of the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Discretionary Grants scheme can be found here. Please read this document carefully before making an application, to ensure you qualify for the relief. 

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 19 June 2020. Applications received after this time can not be accepted.

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The government’s guidance for local authorities on how to administer the scheme can be found here

The government's Frequently Asked Questions on the grant scheme can be found here

 

Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Government announced in their Budget on 11 March 2020, there would be support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through a series of business grant schemes. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic the level of funding was increased in a statement from the Chancellor on 17 March 2020.

The Support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

To qualify for a grant the property must;

  • Have an rateable value under £51,000
  • Qualify for Small Business Rates Relief or the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme on 11 March 2020
  • Not be occupied for private purposes e.g. private stables
  • Not be a car park or car parking space.

State aid rules apply to the above schemes, and on the application form a declaration must be made that you have not received more than €800,000 in state aid over a rolling three year period. If you have received more than €800,000 over the last three years then you are not entitled to a grant.

Any grant paid is for the business rates payer, if the recipient of the grant is not the ratepayer, we may take action to recover the amount of the grant.

If you feel that you qualify for one of these schemes (although you will only be awarded one grant) please complete the form on the link below in full and we will be making payments to your bank account as soon as possible.

Please do not apply unless you have a Business Rates Bill from us, which shows that you are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Retail Discount. The Bill must also show that the Rateable Value of your property is under £51,000. If you do not have all of this you will not qualify for a grant.

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The government’s guidance for local authorities on how to administer the scheme can be found here

The government's Frequently Asked Questions on the grant scheme can be found here