Businesses in Oxford are now able to apply for government grants and rate relief to support them in the coronavirus outbreak.

The Oxford City Council business support team have been working to provide support. Small businesses that pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief, rural rate relief and tapered relief are now able to apply for the Government’s one-off grant of £10,000. Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure are now able to receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property and will not have to pay business rates for the 2020/21 tax year.

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The City Council has also moved to pay suppliers immediately on receipt of an undisputed invoice.

Councillor Susan Brown, leader of Oxford City Council, said: “We have been working tirelessly to ensure that businesses in Oxford were the first to receive the Government’s latest grants and rate relief. I am delighted that the funding is now available, and would encourage all businesses that qualify to get their application in as soon as possible. Small- and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of Oxford and its economy, and we are doing everything we can to ensure they survive through the coronavirus outbreak.”

To apply for the funding, visit: