Harrogate Borough Council is acting quickly to support businesses in the Harrogate district during the COVID-19 outbreak. Following recent announcements by government, a range of grants, funding and support schemes will soon be available for eligible businesses:
- Nearly 3,000 local businesses that are in receipt of small business rate relief or rural relief will each receive a £10,000 grant.
- Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000, will each receive a £25,000 grant. There are just over 700 businesses in the district that are eligible for this funding.
- Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will not pay business rates in 2020/2021, regardless of rateable value, and this will apply to nearly 2,755 businesses. For these businesses the council will ensure direct debits for business rates payments are cancelled as of April.