Business grants

Application and payment deadlines for all grant schemes have passed and the schemes are closed.

The Restart grant closed on 31 July 2021.

Payments

New government guidelines state that we have to submit 2 separate pre-payment checks before issuing payment for the latest grants which run from 1 April.

We are pleased to confirm that, as of 16 June, we have made payments to more than 2,700 businesses.

We’d like to thank businesses for their patience as we work through all the assessments and checks that we have to do before we can make payments.

If we've invited you to apply, please complete the application form so we can process your payment. You'll still qualify for a grant even if you've fully re-opened your business.

The grants are to support you to re-establish your business after the impact of the Covid restrictions.

Business advice

Previous support for small businesses

For the first lockdown in spring 2020, we gave more than £69 million in small business grants to over 5,100 businesses in Brighton & Hove.

Around 300 businesses who were not eligible for these grants benefited from discretionary grants of up to £25,000.

2,700 businesses did not have to pay business rates last year. This amounts to £68 million of rates that local businesses did not have to pay and provided significant direct support for small businesses in the city.

More information

If you'd like more information and advice around Covid safety for your business, send an email to Covid.Information@brighton-hove.gov.uk to speak to the Covid Information Team.

Business rates discount

From July 2021, eligible businesses like shops, hospitality and leisure will get a 66% business rates discount.

The discount is subject to state subsidies with a capped value of either £105,000 or £2 million depending on whether the business was legally allowed to open during the national lockdown that started 5 January 2021.

This scheme will run for one year and the discount will be applied to the bill after the application of any reliefs, excluding any local discounts.

Support for businesses

The Business Rates team is being proactive in helping people with payment difficulties.

If your businesses is struggling to make the payments, contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Small business owners who need financial support at home may be able to claim Council Tax reduction and other welfare benefits.

To help us follow up your enquiry more quickly, include your Business Rates account number, if you have one. This is the 8-digit number on the top right of your Business Rates bill.

Other support for business

Find out more about:

Keeping safe

Get advice about how to keep safe once you re-open, workplace testing and vaccinations.

The government has guidance to assist employers and businesses about how to work safely in different types of businesses.

Beware of scams

There are scams involving emails appearing to come from GOV.UK about government business grants.

If you receive an email like this, delete it and do not reply.

Emails from the council will be sent from a '@brighton-hove.gov.uk' address. Any solution using mailgun will appear as: @mail.brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Any solution using gov.notify will appear as: noreply@brighton-hove.gov.uk but the ‘from email’ will show as ourgovnotifyaccount@notifications.service.gov.uk.