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Businesses urged to apply for Covid-19 rate relief before new deadline

Bradford Council has extended the deadline for business rate relief to allow more small enterprises to come forward.

Bradford Council is urging local companies to take advantage of a business rate relief scheme aimed at helping them after the impact of Covid-19 last year.

The new closing date will be midnight Monday, 18 April 2022.

The £10.4m Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) is a local scheme to help small businesses who did not get any other business support during Covid and there are still many qualifying businesses who are still to apply.

Even if you have already paid your 2021/22 business rates, you could be in line for credit against future business rate payments from this Government-backed fund.

Martin Stubbs, Bradford Council’s Revenues and, Benefits Assistant Director, said: “We know that every penny is important to local businesses and being able to secure business rate relief might make a real difference to their income over the last difficult year.

“I’d urge businesses who have not already come forward to apply as we want to make sure our local businesses have every opportunity to recover and grow now that Covid-19 restrictions have been eased.”

“If you are a small manufacturer, run a workshop or have an office-based business like an accountant or a solicitor, you could be entitled to this support.”

The CARF may mean a credit of up to 100% off your business rates for qualifying firms that haven’t been able to apply for previous Covid-19 business rate schemes.

To find out if your business is eligible, visit Bradford Council’s website and complete a quick application form.


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