Expanded Retail and Nursery Discount

At the Budget on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that the Government would provide additional business rates support for eligible retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England occupying a qualifying property.

  • From 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 the Expanded Retail and Nursery Discount is 100% relief, uncapped.
  • From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, the discount will be reduced to 66% relief for eligible properties in the scheme, with a cash cap of £2m for businesses that were required to close as at 5 January 2021, and up to £105,000 for businesses and nurseries permitted to open at that date.

If you believe you are eligible for the discount from 1 July 2021 you need to register and apply online here. You will need your property reference number which is the 13 digit number found on your business rates bill. If you have previously applied for a grant, you can use the same login details.

Further information regarding the Expanded Retail and Nursery Discount can be found on our Relief and Unoccupied Page.


Business support finder

A new ‘support finder’ tool has been launched by the Government to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The finder tool on GOV.UK asks business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, which can take minutes to complete, and they will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for. The support finder can be found at https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder


Support for self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Government has launched the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) which will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. There are qualifying criteria and we understand that the payment is likely to be paid in arrears in June for the April to June period.

The Government have published a whole webpage for supporting businesses, including those who are self-employed.

Read more about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme and apply

The Council may also be able to help you with paying your council tax:

Existing  Housing Benefit / Council Tax Reduction claimants: Please email: revenuesandbenefits@rother.gov.uk if you are no longer undertaking Self Employed work due Covid-19 restrictions and we will reassess your entitlement to help, based on your revised circumstances. If your situation changes again (e.g. you are able to recommence working) or if you receive a grant from the Government payable under the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), then you must tell us as soon as possible.

New Council Tax Reduction claims, please go online to the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction application form, to make an application or if you are claiming Universal Credit you will be able to opt to claim a reduction in your council tax as part of your application process. You can apply even if you have been trading for more than 52 weeks but are now earning less, we will not apply the Minimum Income Floor for 6 months. We are treating Covid-19 as a significant change to a business and will consider it a fresh start- up period giving you access to this help. Further information is available on the Council Tax Reduction page.


Further information

For more information about the Government’s support measures for businesses please visit the UK Government web page:  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Further advice and guidance is also available through the East Sussex Growth Hub: https://southeastbusiness.org.uk/east-sussex/

Information about business closure regulations in response to COVID-19

You can listen to Covid-19 Business Support explained in other languages on the Business East Sussex website.