If you’re starting up or relocating to an Enterprise Zone you could qualify for business rates relief.

Enterprise Zones are designated areas across England that provide business rates relief of up to £55,000 a year over 5 year for those who occupy business premises within the zone. There are 48 Enterprise Zones across England and you can find a list of them here.  You will need to find your zone to find out if it offers business rates relief, as well as how and when to apply. As each council works out how the relief is applied  you will need to contact your local council if you think you are eligible.

For new Zones starting in April 2016 or April 2017, businesses need to have located to the Zone before March 2021 or March 2022 in order to qualify for any business rates discount.

It is important that you continue to pay any rates that are due while you are applying for the relief.