Business Rates

The government has published guidance on the COVID-19 support for businesses. These pages are updated regularly and provide details of all help available to business.

The following support is provided to businesses by Milton Keynes Council:

  • a 12 month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England. You can apply here.
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief. You can submit the information needed for us to check your eligibility and pay your grant.
  • grant funding for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses of £10,000 where the rateable value is less than £15,000, with the grant increasing to £25,000 where the rateable value is between £15,000 and £50,999. You can submit the information needed for us to check your eligibility and pay your grant.
  • Frequently Asked Questions  (PDF, 151KB)

The Government has provided Milton Keynes Council with additional funding to provide a local discretionary grant scheme to support business who are not eligible under the existing grant schemes. Details on the scheme and how to apply can be found here.  

Fraud Alert – Business Support Grants

We are aware fraudsters are pretending to be the Council’s Finance Director (sometimes called the 151 officer).

After you have provided your bank details into the Council’s Business grants portal we will NEVER ask you to click an email link. We will NEVER ask you to give us your bank details over the phone. 

We may call you to clarify some details or to confirm some of your details.

We will give partial details you have submitted and ask you to confirm yes or no. 

If in any doubts please ring the Council’s general number and ask to speak to the Business Rates team.