“The Council is committed to making sure that all small businesses receive all the help that they are entitled to. We identified that there were a number of businesses that were not claiming Small Business Rate relief earlier in the year and decided to take positive steps to correct this.
As a result, we ran an intensive campaign in January to promote take up of the Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR)which proved to be very successful. We awarded over £400,000 of relief to small businesses in the Borough, in some cases backdating the award to April 2007. We were also able to refund over £300,000 to small business that had paid in full not knowing that they were entitled to the relief.
In some cases the rates bill can be reduced by 50% when they are awarded SBRR.”
Thanks to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for this example