Coronavirus

Advice and Information

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In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the government has recently announced two grants to assist businesses.

These grants are available to small businesses and those businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors:

  • A grant of £10,000 for most businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of up to £15,000
  • Grants of £25,000 for businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. 

Dudley Council officers are working hard to identify businesses that qualify for this money.

If you believe you may be entitled to either of the above grants, please complete the Business Rates Grant Proforma document and upload it using the Business Rates Grant online form.

If, with the Proforma, you are able to supply,

  1. recent bank statement, and
  2. if a sole trader, a recent utility bill

this will help us to process your application more quickly.

If you intend to apply for a grant but don't believe you are currently registered for business rates despite being responsible for the premises, please refer to the section "Additional information for applicants not currently registered" below.

More Government guidance on business support grant funding.

Please note that external validation checks will be undertaken as part of the review exercise we conduct prior to the awarding of the grant.

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Additional information for applicants not currently registered

If you intend to apply for a coronavirus business rates grant but don't believe you are currently registered for business rates despite being responsible for the premises, please contact us at: Brates.finance@dudley.gov.uk

(Please do not use this email address for other purposes, as officers handling new accounts will not be able to answer queries about grant applications and this may cause delays.)

You will need to provide us with the following information:

  • Address of premises concerned
  • Name of Company
  • If Registered Company: Name of company; Company Registration Number; Registered Office Address and previous business address
  • If sole trader/partnership: Proprietors and Trade Name; home address and any previous business address
  • Telephone number and email address
  • If owned: Date of occupation (and date of purchase if different to date of occupation)
  • If leased: Copy of lease or license agreement
  • Name, address and contact details of owner
  • Name, address and contact details of Managing Agent
  • Please indicate if you occupy another premises, if so provide the address and rateable value(s) of any other premises in England where you are responsible for Business Rates