I have had a very constructive conversation with the Wakefield Council business engagement team:

They have released the below regarding claiming the business grant.

They have also said that if you are unsure whether or not you qualify, please email info@wakefieldfirst.com

So if you rent commercial premises but think the landlord gets the rates bill this would a good example, it’s better that they have your details than not. They may be able to support you when they get clarity from the government.

“Applying for a Covid-19 cash grant

Wakefield Council are working hard to introduce an online application process for the Covid-19 business grants.

If you believe you meet the below eligibility criteria to apply for one of the business grants, then please email us on info@wakefieldfirst.com with the name of your business, your name and your email address and we will send out the relevant e-form as soon as it’s available.

Eligibility Criteria:

Businesses that pay little or no business rates are eligible for a one-off grant of £10,000 if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR
  • you are a business that occupies property

Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are eligible for a grant of up £25,000 per property.  For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000, will receive a grant of £25,000.

You are eligible for this grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments 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”