- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, e.g. industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc, which do not have their own business rates assessment.
- Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment.
- Bed and Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates.
- Charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
In addition to these national fund priorities, the Council has decided that it will accept applications from local businesses which meet the Government eligibility criteria and:
- Have high fixed property costs associated with the business (including business rates).
- Can evidence significant financial loss as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
- Employ less than 50 staff.
- Fall within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or can evidence the majority of their customer base are retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.
- May be classified as a language school.
- Are not eligible under the national priorities grant scheme.
The Council’s policy also allows for potential special cases to be considered, where businesses are considered most relevant and crucial to our local economy.Councillor Paul Arnott, Leader of East Devon District Council, said:
It is welcome that Government has made this funding available, this time with more locally targeted aims, and we will be working cross party to ensure the money gets out of the building to the enterprises that need it as fast as possible.Our analysis suggests that less than 50% of the funding that would be needed to fully meet local needs has been made available and we do need our MPs to keep pressing the government for further funds. That said, we urge businesses to apply as soon as possible.
Businesses not eligible for funding under this scheme include:
- Businesses which were not trading on 11 March 2020.
- Businesses currently in administration or insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made.
- Businesses eligible for other Government funding schemes (EXCEPT Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the self‐employed income support scheme).
Businesses should ensure they have the corresponding supporting documents at hand before starting the application, including bank statement for March, April or May 2020. Other supporting information may be needed for certain business-types, including latest company accounts, HMRC tax return, tenancy agreement. Only one application per business will be allowed, regardless of the number of premises the business occupies.Officers at the Council will be working as quickly as possible to process the claims and cannot respond to each business with individual updates, so businesses are asked to remain patient and a response will reach you as soon as possible.