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 by 1 July 2021 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.


Discretionary Restart Grants

Rother District Council has decided on the following business types and award levels for a one off Discretionary Restart Grant payable with effect from 1 April 2021.

CategoryGrant DescriptionPrice
Shared spacesThis grant relates to Non-rate paying businesses that were required to close during the national lockdown (e.g. those operating in shared commercial buildings that do not have their own separate rating assessment£2,667
Market TradersThis grant relates to market traders that were instructed to close as they sell non-essential items to visiting members of the public from a stall, pitch or similar that is recognised by the Council as a market.£500
Holiday accommodation including self-contained holiday lets, Bed & Breakfast and small campsitesThis grant relates to property that is domestic or land that forms part of a domestic property and therefore subject to council tax. This does not include businesses where the letting is by way of home sharing (e.g. where a bedroom is let within a domestic property).£8,000
Supply ChainThis grant relates to businesses wholly or mainly involved in providing goods to businesses required to be closed during the 3rd national lockdown.** Up to £6,000
Events IndustryThis grant relates to businesses wholly or mainly acting as the organiser for commercial events£8,000
Home Based ‘in person’ businessesThis grant relates to registered home based businesses that when allowed to trade cannot maintain strict social distancing. E.g. hair and beauty industry businesses.£500

** for businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under or where there is no rateable value £2,667

for businesses with a rateable value of more than £15k and less than £51k £4,000

for businesses with a rateable value of more than £51k £6,000

Please note: Applications for this grant close on Wednesday 30th June 2021.


Restart Grant Scheme

The Restart Grant scheme, which replaces all National Lockdown Business Support Grants, is payable from the 1 April and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed business rate-paying premises, in the below sectors;

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality
  • Accommodation
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant is split into two strands. Under Strand One, grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Under Strand Two, grants of up to £18,000 will be paid to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business , which may open later under plans set out in the Governments roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

Please note: Applications for this grant close on Wednesday 30th June 2021.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Second Payment Cycle) 16/02/21 – 31/03/21

For eligible businesses that have not already applied and received a Tier 4 and National Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant 19/12/20 – 31/01/21

You may be able to claim a business support grant if you are a Rother District Council Business Rates payer and your business meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • were open as usual and
  • providing in-person services to customers from your business premises and
  • then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and were
  • trading the day before local restrictions came into force.

Please note: Applications for this grant close on Monday 31st May 2021.


Discretionary Grant for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire (Licensed Drivers)

The Council recognises that licensed taxi drivers whilst not required to stop trading have still been impacted by restrictions put in place to try and prevent the spread of Covid 19.  

Therefore a new Additional Restrictions Grant has been set up to support Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers, licensed by Rother District Council who have seen a significant reduction in income due to COVID- 19 restrictions.

Please note: Applications for this grant close on Sunday 11th April 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.  All payments will be made by 30th April 2021.


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.