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You can use this form to confirm your details so we can award either Small Business or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Funding. Only one grant can be paid per property. We will assess your eligibility for a cash grant under both schemes and pay the one grant for which you are eligible.

Although businesses do not need to formally apply for these grants, we do need to collect some information to help us make these payments to businesses as quickly as we can. The Council has contacted all those thought to be eligible for the Small Business Cash Grant and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant to ensure take up is maximised.

Small Business Grants

What are Small Business Grants?

These are cash grants of £10,000 which are being paid to our smallest businesses.

Who is eligible?

Small businesses who pay little or no Business Rates are eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate Relief.  A cash grant of £10,000 is available for small businesses who on 11 March 2020 were eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate Relief.

Who is not eligible? 

Small Business Grant Funding cannot be awarded if a business is used for:

  • personal use e.g.  private stables
  • for car parks or car parking spaces
  • for businesses who on 11 March 2020 were in liquidation or dissolved

NB Businesses who are not eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief are not entitled to this relief. If your business has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 and your business is in the retail, leisure or hospitality sector, we will instead assess your eligibility for the cash grant of £10,000 under the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant scheme.

Retail, Leisure and Hospitality

What are Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants?

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme provides businesses in these sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.  

  • Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 may be eligible for a grant of £10,000
  • Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and less than £51,000 may be eligible for a grant of £25,000.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible for the grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector
  • your business has a rateable value under £51,000 

Check your rateable value on the GOV.UK website

Properties that will benefit from the grant will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

Who is not eligible?

  • Properties occupied for personal use e.g. private stables
  • Car parks and parking spaces.
  • Businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquation or were dissolved
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over

Only one grant may be awarded per property.

Before you start

You will need your Business Rates Account number to complete this form

Your Business Rates account number will be on your most recent Business Rates bill (Bills for 2020/21 were issued in March 2020) or on the letter we sent to you about these grants.

If you do not have your Business Rates account number, please email us on business.rates@oldham.gov.uk or ring 0161 770 6677 (lines open Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5pm ) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please do not use a business rates account number that does not apply to your business (for example, the number that relates a previous occupier) as this will delay the process.

You will also need to tell us:

  • The name of your business
  • The business address
  • The business bank account details. If you not have evidence of this bank account to upload to the form, please complete the form but we may need to contact you again to ask for more details. 
  • Business contact details

Small Business and Retail Leisure and Hospitality Grant Funding form