Businesses and employers

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Businesses
The business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses has been extended until the end of June 2021. Businesses who are affected by this will not receive their bill for 2021/22 yet. The bills for these businesses will be issued once the business rates holiday has been applied. We will share any information on further relief on our website and through our Business newsletter.

 

National and local restrictions business grants

The government has announced a series of grants for businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Make sure you read the eligibility criteria, included in each section below, before you apply.

Applications for Brent Council's Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is temporarily closed.

Due to extremely high levels of demand, we are pausing our current scheme. If you have completed a second application, this will only be considered once all first-time applications have been assessed. We aim to get back to businesses as soon as possible. 

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses closed during the current national lockdown)

Qualifying period: 16 February to 31 March 2021.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant remains open for applications from rated businesses that have been forced to close due the national restrictions. The deadline for applications for this is 31 May 2021.

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant are now open

Restart Grant (1 April 2021 onwards)

The Restart Grant scheme has replaced the previous Local Restrictions Grants (closed) and Local Restrictions Grants (open). 

This grant:

  • will be made available to qualifying (rated) non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.
  • will only be paid once applications have been received and verified.
What you could receive

Non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of:

  • £15,000 or less, will be eligible for a one-off grant of £2,667
  • More than £15,000 and less than £51,000, will be eligible for a one-off grant of £4,000
  • £51,000 or more, will be eligible for a one-off grant of £6,000

Qualifying Hospitality and Leisure properties with a rateable value of:

  • £15,000 or less, will be eligible for a one-off grant of £8,000
  • More than £15,000 and less than £51,000, will be eligible for a one-off grant of £12,000
  • £51,000 or above, will be eligible for a one-off grant of £18,000

Applications for the Restart Grant are now open

Additional Restrictions Grant

Applications for Brent Council's Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is temporarily closed. 

Due to extremely high levels of demand, we are pausing our current scheme. If you have completed a second application, this will only be considered once all first-time applications have been assessed. We aim to get back to businesses as soon as possible. 

 

This grant is aimed at businesses that have been severely affected by the on-going restrictions due to the pandemic, and are able to provide evidence of fixed costs they are unable to meet.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be trading in Brent
  • have been trading on 4 November 2020, prior to the start of the national lockdown from 5 November 2020
  • have fixed business costs that the business is unable to meet ie rent of a commercial property, (businesses run from a domestic property will be considered if there is other commercial rent payable ie lockup or pitch etc.)

To be considered for this grant you must be able to evidence your financial situation through bank statements, lease agreements and other business cost invoices/ schedule of payments.

This is a discretionary grant and the Council will assess your eligibility during this period using the details provided in the application form.