Registration is open now for Worcester businesses that qualify for grants to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak.
Grants of £10,000 are available to small businesses that already qualify for small business rate relief or rural rate relief. Grants of £25,000 will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property that has a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
The Council is asking businesses that believe they qualify for a grant to register.
Many Worcester businesses will also be exempt from Business Rates for a full 12 months. The Government has expanded the range of business covered by this "holiday" to now include all retail; hospitality; leisure; nurseries; bingo halls, betting shops, casinos & gambling halls; letting & estate agents; and wellness centres, spa & massage parlours.
These businesses will all be contacted directly about the Business Rates relief scheme. Any that have already received bills will be issued with new ones, and any payments already made for 2020/21 will be refunded.
Shane Flynn, Worcester City Council's Director of Resources, said:
"If your business qualifies for a grant we will process that as soon as possible and you should receive the money early in April.
"For Business Rates relief, you don't need to do anything. If your business qualifies, you will automatically receive a new bill very soon."