Coronavirus COVID-19: Support for businesses

Updated 15 May 2020

Business rates bills and payments

Council Leader Tudor Evans has announced that all business rates payments will be deferred until June 2020 meaning that we will not expect any payments to be made until then.

Any Direct Debits which are in place do not need to be cancelled, please rest assured that we will not be taking any payments by Direct Debit until June 2020, as will be detailed in the updated bill you will receive from us.

You will receive your amended bill during the middle of May. This bill will outline your new payments that are expected for the remainder of the financial year. 

Reliefs and grants

Central Government has announced several measures to support businesses suffering due to Coronavirus. All up to date information can be found on the Government website.

  • All retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will not pay business rates for 2020/21. You will receive an amended bill confirming this in due course.
  • Any childcare providers who are registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register will not pay business rates for 2020/21. You will receive an amended bill confirming this in due course.
  • Any business currently in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief may be eligible for a £10,000 cash grant.
  • Any retail, hospitality or leisure business with a rateable value below £15,000 may be eligible for a £10,000 cash grant.
  • Any retail, hospitality or leisure business with a rateable value between £15,000 to £51,000 may be eligible for a £25,000 cash grant.

For a full FAQ on business grants from Plymouth City Council please visit the Invest Plymouth website.

Council finance and business staff have calculated that almost 3,500 businesses across the city will qualify for grants of up £10,000, while around 540 businesses will qualify for grants of £25,000.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “Supporting our local businesses is absolutely a key priority for us right now – these are unprecedented times and we are here to help them through this period of economic shock. If your business is eligible to receive a grant, you’ll soon receive a letter from us with more detail about how to apply. We want to get you the financial support that you need as soon possible.”

The letters will include a link to the online application form and a unique PIN, and will be followed up by email. As the Council does not hold businesses bank details, we will need to ask for them and applicants will also need to submit any necessary declarations.  

Councillor Evans said: “This is a good start, but we need to go further. We need to think about the countless number of tradesmen and women, who won’t be able to work from home, won’t be able to ply their trade as electricians, builders and plumbers. They are equally facing an extremely uncertain period and they too, are vitally important to our economy and to our city. They will still have mortgages and bills to pay and families to feed. We also have some major manufacturing businesses here, who do not appear at this stage to qualify for extra support. These are factories and work spaces staffed by people equally on edge about what the future holds. We need to keep pushing for any support they can get. We need to do everything possible to shore up the city’s economy during this period of worry and challenge.”

 

Making payment

If you wish to do so, you may continue to make payments in April and May using the methods below:

Online payment

BACS bank transfer/standing order

  • Barclays Bank sort code: 20-30-54
  • Barclays Bank account number: 53666298
  • Account name: Plymouth City Council – NDR
  • Reference: 8 digit reference number beginning with ‘7’.

Automated telephone payment line

  • 0300 4560519

If you choose to continue making payments please ensure that you correctly quote your business rates account number.

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