Published: 12th Feb 2019

Up to 800 retailers across Bath and North East Somerset are being invited to apply for a business rate discount, which could see their bill cut by a third. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Autumn Budget that over the next two financial years retail premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or less could be awarded a discount from April this year. It’s expected other councils will follow as they look to revive ailing high streets which saw footfall decline for a 13th straight month in December. Bath & North East Somerset Council has now sent application forms to businesses which it thinks qualify for the discount. To qualify, the business must be occupied and be wholly or mainly used to sell goods, services or food and drink to members of the public. Examples include shops, opticians, hairdressers, post offices, garden centres, markets, petrol stations, restaurants and bars. Cllr Paul … (To read the full article, subscribe below)