The government announced a package of financial measures to support businesses during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. More than £100 million worth of business grants have been approved by Wirral Council since April 2020, helping to keep local businesses going during the crisis.

Please read the information below to find out how to access support currently available.

Business rates support

As announced at the Budget on 3 March 2021 by the Chancellor, the government will continue to provide eligible retail, hospitality and leisure properties in England with 100% business rates relief from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

This will be followed by 66% business rates relief for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, capped at £2 million per business for properties that were required to be closed on 5 January 2021, or £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.

The government will also continue to provide eligible nursery properties in England with 100% business rates relief from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. This will be followed by 66% business rates relief for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, capped at £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.

Wirral Council has issued revised bills to qualifying ratepayers.

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

In March 2021, the Government announced a new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund. The scheme offers Business Rates relief for businesses who were not eligible for the previous financial support linked to Business Rates. This includes retail, leisure and hospitality reliefs.

Find out more about the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

Government business support finder tool

This new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The finder tool on GOV.UK asks business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, and you will be directed to a list of all the financial support you may be eligible for.

Use the Business Support Finder tool

Other useful sources of information