Advertisement

An update for the business-rate support scheme

The government has added £600m to plug the gap in its small business rates relief scheme for businesses in shared-office buildings.

Good news for businesses based in shared-office buildings that have hitherto missed out on financial support. The government has added £600m to plug the gap in its small business rates relief scheme. This is the plan offering £10,000 in cash grants to businesses based in premises with a rateable value of less than £15,000 for business rates purposes. The scheme also pays £25,000 to companies in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors where they inhabit premises with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000.

Advertisement - Article continues below

However, some 10,000 companies based in shared office buildings and other workspace properties were not initially eligible for support, because the Valuation Office Agency, which sets business rate valuations, has never assessed the units they rent. Businesses in premises run by companies such as WeWork (pictured) therefore received nothing. Now the government has extended the scheme to ensure these businesses do, after all, receive support. The grants are managed by local authorities, so if you think you may be eligible, contact your local council for advice.

Small and medium-sized enterprises can also claim financial support for the cost of two weeks’ statutory sick pay if employees are forced to take time off work because they fall ill or have to self-isolate. This benefit, on offer to firms with fewer than 250 employees, could be increasingly important as the government gets its track and trace system up and running. Claims must be made through HMRC.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Small business: how to chase late-paying customers
Small business

Small business: how to chase late-paying customers

Many small business have trouble getting their customers to pay up on time. Here's what you can do about it.
23 Jan 2020
What are the best ways of raising more money in tax?
Economy

What are the best ways of raising more money in tax?

Given that whoever wins next week's election will be going on a massive spending spree, we're going to need to raise at least some of that money throu…
5 Dec 2019
What are the biggest mistakes investors make when it comes to tax?
Investment strategy

What are the biggest mistakes investors make when it comes to tax?

The tax implications of an investment are something we rarely consider until after the event. That could prove to be an expensive mistake, says Domini…
27 Nov 2019
How tax has shaped the course of human history
Economy

How tax has shaped the course of human history

Taxation is as old as civilisation itself. But how much is too much? Dominic Frisby looks at how taxation, war and society have evolved together over …
16 Oct 2019

Most Popular

House price crash: UK property prices are falling – so where next?
Property

House price crash: UK property prices are falling – so where next?

With UK property prices falling for the first time in eight years, are we about to see a house price crash? John Stepek looks at what’s behind the sli…
2 Jul 2020
How “support” and “resistance” can help you spot trading opportunities
Sponsored

How “support” and “resistance” can help you spot trading opportunities

Technical analysis can help traders manage risk and decide where to enter and exit a trade. One simple form of technical analysis is the concept of “s…
6 Jul 2020
A first-half home run for investment trusts
Sponsored

A first-half home run for investment trusts

The investment trust sector has seen some extraordinary performance in the first half of this year. Max King looks at what's behind it, and asks: is i…
7 Jul 2020