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Coronavirus - support for businesses

Release date: 
Friday, 27 March, 2020

Supporting businesses and the local economy is a key priority for Burnley Council.

We understand that this is a difficult time for business and that you are facing unprecedented challenges. We are working with Government and our partners to ensure that our local business community comes through this in as stronger position as possible.

The council has received guidance from Government on how we are to deliver grants to businesses, and funds will be with the council by early April.

All businesses occupying premises with a rateable value (RV) of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.

Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

The council is currently identifying eligible businesses and we will be writing to eligible businesses, to ask you for some details.

For businesses that have been regularly paying business rates and our records are up to date we will be able to process a payment more quickly and there will be no need to contact the council. If you think that you are eligible for a grant please could you complete the online form 

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of staff please contact the business support team on 01282 477208/477213.

However, we are aware that many businesses will not benefit from the scheme and we would like to draw your attention to the wider range of schemes including loans and the job retention scheme from which you can benefit 

If you are a business and have any questions and concerns about any of the programmes on offer please contact the business support team on 01282 477213/477208 or e-mail economy&growth@burnley.gov.uk You can also receive tailored advice and support from BOOST Lancashire or tel: 0800 488 0057.

Councillor Gordon Birtwistle, executive member for economy and growth, said “We know that many of you are adopting to what is a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances and the council is here to help and we are working to administer the grants as quickly as possible.

"Amidst all of the bad news I have been in awe of the many businesses in the borough that are doing great things to support local communities, vulnerable people and to supply the NHS with vital equipment.”

If businesses are experiencing difficulties paying outstanding invoices and accounts with the council please contact us at localtaxation@burnley.gov.uk

Guidance has also been provided on the administration of the Expanded Retail Discount for 2020/21 and we are working to update our systems and issue revised zero rated bills to existing and new eligible businesses. We are aiming to distribute these new bills during the first week in April.

Businesses do not need to apply for the relief and there is no need to contact the council but wait for your revised bill in April. If you have not received a revised bill by the end of the first week in April and you think you are a qualifying business, please contact localtaxation@burnley.gov.uk

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