Pubs, rural businesses and local newspapers

Pubs

There was a £1000 business rates discount for pubs for the financial year 2019-20.

For the financial year 2020-21 pubs will be covered by the retail, hospitality and leisure discount, and will not have to pay business rates.

Further information can be found on the retail, hospitality and leisure discount page.  

Discounts for businesses in rural areas

Some businesses providing essential services in rural areas can get up to 100% rural rate relief if they are:

  • the only village shop or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • the only public house or petrol station, with a rateable value of up to £12,500

An area is classed as 'rural' if it has a population below 3000. In the borough the areas of Ainsworth, Hawkshaw, Shuttleworth and Summerseat fall into this category.

If you believe your business is eligible use the form below to tell us why.

Contact us about discounts for businesses in rural areas

Local newspaper relief

There is a £1500 business rates discount available for office space occupied by local newspapers. This relief was introduced in April 2017 and will be available until 31 March 2025.

If you believe your business is eligible for this relief, please tell us why in the form below.

Contact us about local newspaper relief

Contact for Business Rates