Support for businesses and employers
2. Small business grant funding
2 new grant funding schemes have been announced:
- a small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief
- grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999
We'll start to make payments from the beginning of April.
If you do not pay your business rates by Direct Debit or you qualify for small business rate relief, we do not hold any bank details for you. We'll need you to confirm your business’s bank details in order to receive a payment. Please complete our registration form confirming these details so that we can award you the grant.
Read more about the available grant funding in our Business Support Grant Funding FAQs leaflet (PDF 107Kb).
We will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered.
Business rates reference number
You'll find your reference number on your business rates bill. It's 10 characters long and starts with '90'. We're prioritising the applications from businesses who are already registered with us.
Cannot access your bill
If you've received a bill but cannot access it, please email email@example.com and the team will reply as soon as possible. Note: we can deal with your enquiry quicker if you include your account reference number once in the subject line of the email. It must be in the following format. For example; Reference 9011111111. Do not include it again in the body of the email.
Never had a bill
If you have never had a business rates bill for the premises you occupy:
check your business unit is independently rated by the Valuation Office Agency. We can only pay grants where the property is rated
if your valuation is shared with another premises any grant will be due to the person or business who is named on the business rates bill for the wider assessment
You can find more support and advice from Marketing Stockport.
Not yet or recently reported your occupation
If your premises has been rated but you've not reported your occupation to us or you've recently reported your occupation and are waiting a reply, email firstname.lastname@example.org, the team will reply as soon as possible. Note: include your account reference number once in the subject line of the email in the following format. For example; Reference 9011111111. Do not include it again in the body of the email.