Businesses benefit from £1.1 million over 2 years
Published on 12th February 2015
Cheltenham Borough Council has awarded almost £420,000 worth of business rates relief to about 500 businesses occupying retail premises in the financial year 2014/2015.
The business rates team identifies businesses that might qualify and sends out the appropriate application form. All businesses currently receiving the £1,000 will automatically be awarded the £1,500 on their 2015/2016 bills when they are issued in March.
Councillor John Rawson, cabinet member for finance said: ‘’I am delighted that so many local businesses are benefiting from this scheme. It’s a government backed scheme which the council has made the most of by encouraging businesses to apply. Over a million pounds over two years is a big boost to the local economy.’’
Kevan Blackadder, Cheltenham’s business partnership manager added: "All initiatives that bring business rates relief to retailers in Cheltenham are to be welcomed. I would urge the council to continue to investigate all possible methods to help still further. It's also important that public bodies do all they can to ensure that all the businesses that are eligible are aware of the fact."
For more information about these reliefs businesses should contact the business rates helpline on 01242 264255.
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