On 11th March 2020 the Chancellor announced that a grant would be made available to businesses to help support them through the Covid-19 crisis.

If the Council’s Business Rates Service have identified your business as potentially qualifying for this support, a letter will have been sent to your business however some businesses are closed and may not have received the letter directly.

Before grants are awarded, they need to make sure that you qualify for the grant and it gets payed into the correct account. To do so, they need the following information to ensure the grants arrive as early as possible:

·         Your business rates account reference (shown at the top of this e-mail) 

·         Your business trading name and business address 

·         Your full personal name and current correspondence address

·         VAT registration number

·         Your nominated bank account name 

·         Your nominated bank account number  

·         Your nominated bank account sort code

If you qualify, grants will be paid directly into the nominated bank account of the business liable for the rates therefore the bank details provided must be for the Business Rates account holder.

Please provide this information directly to one of the email addresses shown below;

LBLSBRRgrant@lewisham.gov.uk For those businesses in receipt of small business rate relief; and

LBLRDgrant@lewisham.gov.uk    For those businesses that fall in to the expanded retail, hospitality & leisure industries

By returning this information, you are confirming that you are the correct recipient of this grant and were occupying the property on and before 11 March 2020. The Council reserves the right to reclaim any grant paid if it is incorrectly claimed and awarded. 

Once this information is received, the grant awards will be added to the business rate accounts then refunded by BACs transfer to reach your business account within 3 to 5 working days.  A direct telephone line – 020 8314 6150 – is also available for businesses to call for further support.

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