Business grants 2020-21

We are committed to providing all our customers with the support they need during this time, and so we are allocating our resource to enable us to respond to everyone as quickly as possible. Due to the covid-19 Pandemic and the government’s subsequent announcements we have received a lot of e-mails and applications in a very short space of time and we are working through these as quickly as we can.

If you’ve received an acknowledgement of your email or application please don’t ring or email to find out where it is because this creates extra work, slowing down how quickly we can respond to your correspondence.

If you are waiting for a Business grant to be awarded please note the team are prioritising the payment to your nominated accounts and it is likely that you will receive your payment ahead of any payment advice, so please ensure you check your account directly for payment.

Since the 31 October 2020 the Government announced a number of new measures to support businesses during the on-going pandemic. The support you are able to apply for depends on the type of business you run, where it operates from and how it has been affected by the coronavirus restrictions.

Tier 4 Restrictions from the 19 December 2020

If your business has been mandated to close during Tier 4 Restrictions from 19 December 2020 and you pay Business Rates to Epsom & Ewell Council, you can apply for the Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Scheme

Businesses required to close under the new Tier 4 Restrictions will be able to apply for a grant of based on the rateable value of the premises:

  • Payments made every 14 days are as follows: 
  •  RV £0 to £15K          £667 every 14 days
  •  RV £15k to £51K      £1000 every 14 days
  •  RV £51k or above    £1500 every 14 days
  • Grants will continue whilst the area is in Tier 4
  • If you have already applied for one of the Local Restriction Support Grants (Closed, Closed Addendum & Open) you DO NOT NEED to complete a further application form. We have your details and will be making the necessary payments as soon as possible.
  • If you have not previously applied for a Local Restriction Support Grant and wish to make an application you can do so below

Full details of the scheme can be found on the .Gov website.

Any grant paid, is to 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.

Apply for Tier 4 Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed)

If we have successfully submitted you application form, you will receive and e-mail confirming that this is the case (please check you Junk folder). If you have any queries regarding completing the form Please e-mail businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

If you are a Business Rates Payer, who receives a Business Rates bill in your business name, from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council:

If your business has been mandated to be closed since March 2020 you can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) Scheme

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) Scheme Applies from 5 November 2020

  • Eligible businesses are those who have been mandated to close since 23 March 2020.
  • Applies to business who are liable for Business Rates and are nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars
  • Payments made every 14 days depending on rateable value (RV) as follows: 
  •  RV £0 to £15K          £667 every 14 days
  •  RV £15k to £51K      £1000 every 14 days
  •  RV £51k or above    £1500 every 14 days
  • Grants will continue until these sectors are able to re-open

Any grant paid, is to 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. 

We have identified businesses within the borough which we feel will qualify for this grant and will be contacting them directly. If you think you business qualifies and you have not heard from us by 8 January 2021, please contact us at businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

If your business has been mandated to close during the National Lockdown from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 you can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Scheme

This is for Businesses who have a Business Rates Account with us and were required to close to walk-in trade between the 5 November 2020 and 2 December 2020.

Businesses required to close under the new lockdown restrictions will be able to apply for a grant of up to £3,000 for the period 05 November 2020 to 02 December 2020. The size of the grant will be based on the rateable value of the premises:

  • Grants of £1,334 per month, for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.
  • Grants of £2,000 per month, for properties with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
  • Grants of £3,000 per month, for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over.

Full details of the scheme can be found on the .Gov website

Any grant paid, is to 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. 

Apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

If we have successfully submitted you application form, you will receive and e-mail confirming that this is the case (please check you Junk folder). If you have any queries regarding completing the form Please e-mail businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

  • Applications for this grant will no longer be accepted after 5pm on the 31 January 2021

If your business has been mandated to close during Tier 2 or Tier 3 from 2 December 2020 you can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2 Scheme

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2 Scheme Applies from 2 December 2020

  • Applies to businesses who are liable for business rates and are mandated to close due to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions in their local area.
  • Payments made every 14 days depending on RV as follows:
  • RV £0 to £15K                         £667 every 14 days
  • RV £15K to £51K                     £1,000 every 14 days
  • RV £51,000 or above               £1,500 every 14 days
  • Grants will continue whilst the area is in Tier 2 or 3
  • We may require you to make duplicate applications while this scheme is in force. You will be contacted by e-mail if we require you to make a further application

Full details of the scheme can be found on the .Gov website

Any grant paid, is to 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. 

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2

If we have successfully submitted you application form, you will receive and e-mail confirming that this is the case (please check you Junk folder). If you have any queries regarding completing the form Please e-mail businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

If your business has remained opened, but has been severely impacted by the Tier 2 or 3 restrictions on socialising can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Scheme

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Scheme applies from 2 December 2020

  • Applies to businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure industry where their operation is predominately, public houses, bars and wine bars; café’ and restaurants; hotels and bed and breakfast; cinemas and entertainment venues, including public halls and tourist attractions
  • Applies to businesses who are liable for business rates who have been severely impacted by the Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions on socialising
  • Businesses who were trading before 1 December 2020
  • Payments made every 14 days depending on RV or  as follows:
  • RV £0 to £15K                         £467 every 14 days
  • RV £15K to £51K                     £700 every 14 days
  • RV £51,000  or above              £1,050 every 14 days
  • Grants will continue whilst the area is in Tier 2 or 3
  • We may require you to make duplicate applications while this scheme is in force. You will be contacted by e-mail if we require you to make a further application

Full details of the scheme can be found on the .Gov website

Any grant paid, is to 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. 

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

If we have successfully submitted you application form, you will receive and e-mail confirming that this is the case (please check you Junk folder). If you have any queries regarding completing the form Please e-mail businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

If your business does not qualify for one of the above schemes but has been severely impacted by the National, Tier 2 or 3 restrictions you can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

The Additional Restrictions Grant applies from 5 November 2020

  • It is a discretionary scheme for businesses that have suffered a significant financial loss as a result of National, Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.

Qualifying businesses

  • Only businesses that were trading on the 4 November 2020, being the day before the National restrictions came into force in Epsom, are eligible for this scheme.
  • The business must have suffered a significant financial loss either directly or indirectly as a result of the additional restrictions in place in Tier 2 and 3 or National Lockdown restrictions. This could be by being directly affected or indirectly as a consequence of being in the direct supply chain of a business impacted by Tier 2 & 3 or National Lockdown restrictions.

    As part of the application process we will require evidence of a significant fall in revenues as a result of the increased restrictions during National Lockdown and the move to Tier 2 and Tier 3. Further post payment assurance of the decrease in revenues may be required.

  • A business must have a premises within Epsom & Ewell to qualify for this grant.
  • Businesses in the supply chain to the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality industry.
  • Cafes, shops, restaurants and and other food and beverage outlets within shared premises who did not have their own rating assessment in order to qualify for the Local Restriction Support Grants Schemes (Open, Closed & Closed Addendum) .
  • Businesses that provide cultural, arts and tourism services that did not qualify for the Local Restriction Support Grants Schemes (Open, Closed & Closed Addendum).

Non-qualifying businesses

  • Any business qualifying for a Local Restriction Support Grants Scheme (Open, Closed Closed Addendum or Sector) .
  • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses operating under Airbnb.
  • Businesses operating from a domestic property (unless as a registered as a Bed &  Breakfast).
  • Businesses whose only premises are listed below:
  •  Car Parking spaces.
  •  Land use for storage or leisure.
  •  Properties used for storage purposes only
  •  Advertising rights.
  •  ATM’s.
  •  Blue tooth boxes
  •  Telephone communication masts
  •  Show homes
  • Businesses who do not have a commercial premises within Epsom & Ewell Borough boundaries.
  • Businesses who have already reached the maximum State Aid limits.
  • Landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not qualify.
  • Businesses operating as Financial Services (e.g. banks, building societies). Medical Services (e.g vets, dentist), Professional Services (e.g. solicitor, letting agents, estate agents, accountants) and Post Office sorting offices are not eligible under this scheme.
  • Property occupied for personal uses. Examples of where there may be personal use include private stables, or rented commercial space.

 Payments for the period of national lockdown will be made for 27 days as follows

  • RV £0 to £15K               £1,334 for the whole period
  • RV £15K to £51K           £2,000 for the whole period
  • RV £51,000 or above     £3,000 for the whole period

Payments for periods from 2 December when the area is in Tier 2 or 3 will be made every 14 days as follows

  • RV £0 to £15K               £467 every 14 days
  • RV £15K to £51K           £700 every 14 days
  • RV £51,000 or above     £1,050 every 14 days
  • Grants will continue whilst Epsom & Ewell is in Tier 2 or 3
  • Funding for this scheme has been provided for 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2022.
  • We may require you to make duplicate applications while this scheme is in force. You will be contacted by e-mail if we require you to make a further application
  • Please read our Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme for further details on the the qualifying criteria and information on State Aid Limts

Apply for the Additional Restrictions Grants Scheme

If we have successfully submitted you application form, you will receive and e-mail confirming that this is the case (please check you Junk folder). If you have any queries regarding completing the form Please e-mail businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

If your business is a pub that does NOT serve food

Applies from 2 December to 29 December 2020

  • Applies to business who are liable for business rates and specific eligibility criteria apply
  • The pub has to derive less than 50% of income from food
  • Payment by way of a one off payment of £1000 for the whole period.
  • The business had to be trading on 30 November 2020
  • This scheme closes on the 31 January 2021

We have contacted those pubs which we feel will qualify for this relief. If you have not heard from us by 8 January 2021, but feel you qualify please email us at businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Full details of the scheme can be found on the .Gov website

If your business operates with Epsom & Ewell but does not pay Business Rates for their business premises, for example because you work from a shared workspace.

If your business does not qualify for one of the above schemes but has been severely impacted by the National, Tier 2 or 3 restrictions you can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

The Additional Restrictions Grant applies from 5 November 2020

  • It is a discretionary scheme for businesses that have suffered a significant financial loss as a result of National, Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.

Qualifying businesses

  • Only businesses that were trading on the 4 November 2020, being the day before the National restrictions came into force in Epsom, are eligible for this scheme.
  • The business must have suffered a significant financial loss either directly or indirectly as a result of the additional restrictions in place in Tier 2 and 3 or National Lockdown restrictions. This could be by being directly affected or indirectly as a consequence of being in the direct supply chain of a business impacted by Tier 2 & 3 or National Lockdown restrictions.

    As part of the application process we will require evidence of a significant fall in revenues as a result of the increased restrictions during National Lockdown and the move to Tier 2 and Tier 3. Further post payment assurance of the decrease in revenues may be required.

  • A business must have a premises within Epsom & Ewell to qualify for this grant.
  • Businesses in the supply chain to the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality industry.
  • Cafes, shops, restaurants and and other food and beverage outlets within shared premises who did not have their own rating assessment in order to qualify for the Local Restriction Support Grants Schemes (Open, Closed & Closed Addendum) .
  • Businesses that provide cultural, arts and tourism services that did not qualify for the Local Restriction Support Grants Schemes (Open, Closed & Closed Addendum).

Non-qualifying businesses

  • Any business qualifying for a Local Restriction Support Grants Scheme (Open, Closed Closed Addendum or Sector) .
  • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses operating under Airbnb.
  • Businesses operating from a domestic property (unless as a registered as a Bed &  Breakfast).
  • Businesses whose only premises are listed below:
  •  Car Parking spaces.
  •  Land use for storage or leisure.
  •  Properties used for storage purposes only
  •  Advertising rights.
  •  ATM’s.
  •  Blue tooth boxes
  •  Telephone communication masts
  •  Show homes
  • Businesses who do not have a commercial premises within Epsom & Ewell Borough boundaries.
  • Businesses who have already reached the maximum State Aid limits.
  • Landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not qualify.
  • Businesses operating as Financial Services (e.g. banks, building societies). Medical Services (e.g vets, dentist), Professional Services (e.g. solicitor, letting agents, estate agents, accountants) and Post Office sorting offices are not eligible under this scheme.
  • Property occupied for personal uses. Examples of where there may be personal use include private stables, or rented commercial space.

 Payments for the period of national lockdown will be made for 27 days as follows

  • Fixed costs £0 to £15K               £1,334 for the whole period
  • Fixed costs £15K to £51K           £2,000 for the whole period
  • Fixed costs £51,000 or above     £3,000 for the whole period

Payments for periods from 2 December when the area is in Tier 2 or 3 will be made every 14 days as follows

  • Fixed costs £0 to £15K               £467 every 14 days
  • Fixed costs £15K to £51K           £700 every 14 days
  • Fixed costs £51,000 or above     £1,050 every 14 days
  • Grants will continue whilst Epsom & Ewell is in Tier 2 or 3
  • Funding for this scheme has been provided for 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2022.
  • We may require you to make duplicate applications while this scheme is in force. You will be contacted by e-mail if we require you to make a further application
  • Please read our Additional Restriction Grant Scheme for further details on the the qualifying criteria and information on State Aid Limts

Apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme

If we have successfully submitted you application form, you will receive and e-mail confirming that this is the case (please check you Junk folder). If you have any queries regarding completing the form Please e-mail businessrates@epsom-ewell.gov.uk