Many small business owners have to focus heavily on cost scrutiny and management, a relief that is widely available to the small business entrepreneur is ‘Business rate relief’.
This relief is readily available if you use only one property and its rateable value is less than £12,000. Up until 31 March 2014, you will get 100% relief for properties of rateable value less than £6,000. The relief is tapered if the value is between £6,001 and £12,000.
There is also potential relief available if you have more than one property.
If your property has a rateable value below £18,000 you are considered a small business and your business rates will be calculated using the small business multiplier.
You can visit the Gov.uk website for more information on small business rate relief.
There are also special reliefs in the following areas:
- Rural rate relief for businesses in rural areas with a population below 3,000.
- Charities and amateur community sports clubs can apply for relief of up to 80% if a property is used for charitable purposes.
- You can get up to 100% business rate relief if you start up or relocate to an enterprise zone.
- Empty property relief for buildings unoccupied for 3 months, some buildings have further exemption such as warehouse, listed buildings, properties owned by charities.
Please contact your local council if the above could apply to you.
Rates are a heavy cost of running any business so it is worth checking that any relief available is being investigated.