Information about business rates relief, discounts and grants

Business grants

Salford City Council welcomes the government’s packages of support to local businesses in the form of rates relief, discounts and grants through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Information on the new Local Restrictions Support Grant and the Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses affected by Greater Manchester (GM) entering both local and national restrictions is available now.

More information about government support for the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector is available on the GOV.UK website.

What has been done already?

Between April and September 2020, approximately £46 million in grants were made to Salford businesses, helping to ensure their survival as they are vital to our local economy. This was through three different grant schemes - the Small Business Grants Fund, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund and the Discretionary Grants Fund. All these schemes are now closed, and the latest package of business support is through the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, more information coming soon.

Business rates discount

Retail, leisure and hospitality

The government announced in the budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020 that it would increase the retail discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. The relief will apply to occupied retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

The definition of retail properties was set out in guidance published by the MHCLG on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and full details can be found on our expanded retail guidance page.

For those businesses where it is not as easy to determine eligibility such as music venues, an online application form is available on our retail discount page.

The government will also bring forward legislation as soon as possible to provide mandatory 100% business rates relief for standalone public lavatories in England from April 2020.


As of Wednesday 18 March, the government has announced that many childcare providers would pay no business rates and nursery discount is 100%.

The definition of properties to receive this discount has been set out in guidance published by the MHCLG on Friday 20 March 2020.

For now, we can confirm that this relief will apply to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

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