268 - 16th April 2020
Business grants now available

In response to COVID-19 the Government has announced support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. 

These are being distributed to businesses in the BID area by Luton Borough Council and, if you have not yet received your grant automatically you will need to fill in a short application form.

Here is a step by step guide and more information.

Small businesses with a rateable value of less than £15,000 are eligible for a £10,000 Small Business Grant.

Businesses in receipt of the expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 are eligible for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) of £25,000.

To find out more and understand the eligibility criteria click HERE.

To apply for either grants you use the same application process, as follows:

  1. Click on the Luton Borough Council web page HERE
  2. Click CONTINUE
  3. Follow all the steps and make sure you have the following information to hand:

  • Business rate account number
  • Full business property address and postcode
  • Business name
  • Company registration number
  • VAT registration number (optional)
  • Your rateable value

Once you have declared the details to be correct and submitted the form you will then be emailed a reference number. Please note, Luton Borough Council are taking around two weeks to process applications and pay grants.

If you are unable to find your business rate account number and/or are unsure of your rateable value, the BID may be able check this for you.  

If you require help please email Fergus at info@lutonbid.org and include your:

• Full Name
• Business Name
• Address
• Post code

The BID will then search through details accessible to them and respond back to you. If we do not hold these records then we will direct you to contact the Borough Council's Rates Team.

 New business hub launched for town centre businesses

Our new business support hub is now live - launched this week to help Luton town centre businesses manage during the coronavirus crisis.

The BID has set up #LutonBusinessSupport to act as a matchmaking service - to link those who can offer support with those town centre businesses seeking help, advice and/ or guidance. It is also designed to be a community within which businesses can share experiences, ask questions and offer support and advice.

At the heart of this new business hub is a #LutonBusinessSupport Facebook Group. Please make sure you join this group today.
Once you have joined you can chat with fellow town centre businesses, ask questions, access support and share your experiences. You may also want to offer free support to fellow businesses - and you can do it all on our new Facebook Group.

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