Business Rates Relief

In the Budget, the Government announced a new Expanded Retail Discount scheme for occupied retail, leisure and hospitality premises. Under the scheme, eligible premises will receive a discount of up to 100% on their bill for 2020/21.

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied and wholly or mainly being used:

The government is also introducing a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. Eligible properties will be:

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020. However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill automatically to exclude the business rate charge. They will do this as soon as possible.

You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator.

In the West of England, this will be managed by our local authorities; Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset. For any enquiries about the scheme, please contact your local authority as below.

Bath and North East Somerset: 

Please email enquiries to info@investinbath.co.uk 
Further information is available on the Invest in Bath website.

North Somerset:

Please email queries to n-somersetNNDR@liberata.com


Please call 0117 922 3300

Further information is available on the Bristol City Council website.

South Gloucestershire 

Please contact by telephone on: 01454 867700 

Further information can be found on the South Gloucestershire Council website here.


Cash grants will also be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. Further information on this is available here.

For further information on the full range of business support measures which have been made available to UK businesses, visit the government's Business Support website or use the Business Support Finder tool here.