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Apply for Welsh Government business support

The Welsh Government has announced a support package for certain businesses listed on the business rates register.

The new package includes 100% business rates relief for 2020-21 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales.

We will be looking to award the business rates relief to all eligible parties as soon as possible, and you will receive a new bill when the award has been made.

Grant 1: A grant of £25,000 is being made available for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

This means businesses that occupy properties such as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, live music venues, hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

Grant 2: A £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for small business rates relief (SBRR) in Wales with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

Please note that the multiple property restriction which applies to Small Business Rates Relief also applies to this grant. Therefore, the same ratepayer may only receive the grant for a maximum of two properties in each local authority area

To enable quick and efficient processing of grant applications, we would ask that you complete the online form to ensure we have all relevant information to make the award.

As soon as we have assessed your application, subject to eligibility criteria being met, we will be making an immediate award to you via the BACS payment process directly into your bank account.

Once you’ve made your application, we would appreciate your patience in not following up by phone. We very much appreciate the major challenges being faced by businesses, and our staff will make every effort to get your payments to you as soon as possible.

Information gathering

We are asking businesses to submit some basic information about their business, what support they require from Bridgend County Borough Council and the actual and predicted impact of about Covid-19 on their business.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Question - I applied for the grant when it was first made available on the Council’s website and I wasn’t asked to provide a bank statement. I have heard that the form has changed and all retailers now have to provide a bank statement, do I need to apply again?

Answer - No, as long as you had an email acknowledging receipt of your application from Bridgend County Borough Council your application was registered. You will however need to provide a bank statement which you can email in via taxation@bridgend.gov.uk quoting your business rates account number alternatively the Council’s Business Rates team will contact you to request that the statement is provided.

Question - I have applied for the grant and need to know when the money will be paid into my bank account?

Answer - The Council hopes to begin processing the payment of grant applications this week, which should mean that those first payments can start to be paid into applicants bank accounts next week. The ratepayer will receive a new business rates bill showing this amendment to their account along with a remittance advice confirming the payment has been paid into their bank account.  

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