Grants for businesses in the rating system who were required to close during November 2020

Businesses in the rating system in the West Suffolk area who were required by Government to close between 5 November and 1 December 2020 can apply for grants if they were:

  • trading as usual prior to the date the restrictions came into force on 5 November 2020
  • liable for paying business rates as at 5 November 2020
  • required to close. Businesses who chose to close are not eligible
  • not in administration, insolvent, or subject to a striking off order on 5 November 2020.

Businesses that set up a click and collect service and restaurants who provided a takeaway service are still able to claim grants as their substantive business was closed.

The value of the grant varies depending on the business premises’ rateable value:

Rateable value of property Value of grant
£15,000 or under £1,334
£15,001 to £50,999 £2,000
£51,000 or over £3,000

Businesses can find their rateable value on their business rates bill or from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website. Visit GOV.UK - Find and check your business rates valuation

How to apply

Eligible ratepayers can apply for business support grants using an online application form: COVID-19 Business support grant declaration November 2020

Please read the eligibility criteria before completing the application form.

Please do not submit this form if you do not have your West Suffolk Business Rates Account Reference Number as your submission will not be accepted.

If you have any queries regarding the application criteria or process then call 01284 776333 or if you require digital assistance to complete the form then please call Customer Services on 01284 763233, option seven.

Any business in the West Suffolk area concerned about their specific circumstances or confused about where they can go for support can email economic.development@westsuffolk.gov.uk or phone 01284 757114.