This grant scheme supports businesses in Preston with a rateable value, that have been instructed to close due to either local lockdown restrictions, or national closures, imposed by Government.
Your business may be eligible if it was:
A business that has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises, for example a restaurant that has had to close its substantive business, but is providing a takeaway service, or a hotel that has had to close its main business is deemed to be closed.
The business must occupy property on which it pays business rates to Preston City Council (if you are in receipt of business rates relief you are also eligible), and must have been open and trading up to the date the restriction that applies to your business came into force and you were then forced to close under the provisions of the local or national restriction.
Your business will not be eligible if it:
Businesses that have substantially altered their business model in order to trade should enquire with the Business Rate Team at NNDR@preston.gov.uk as to whether their original business model remains their substantive business.
The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your property on the first full day of either local or national restrictions:
If your business has been instructed to close, please complete our online form:
If you are able to apply online this is the quickest way for your application to be processed. If you have any problems with the online form, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.
To request a paper application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about this scheme please contact the Business Support Team by email at email@example.com.
Eligible businesses will receive one grant for each property liable for business rates within the Preston City Council area and we aim to pay successful applications within seven working days upon receipt of a valid application.
Appropriate business grants will be made for the dates your business has been closed depending on the various Tiers and lockdown restrictions.
Businesses that have not been allowed to re-open since 23 March eg. nightclubs will be paid retrospectively back to when the grant started on 1 November.
As restrictions continue any further payments due should be automatically generated for all businesses still forced to close, subject to the specific LCAL "Tier" Preston is subjected to.