During the current economic climate, both existing businesses and new entrepreneurs are facing great challenges. We are working together with our partners to provide help or signpost to a variety of support initiatives to help local businesses to survive and grow. 

Small business rate relief

Any ratepayer who occupies a single property within England, where the rateable value (RV) is less than £15,000 will be entitled to the following relief:

  • £1 to £4,999 - 50% relief and a reduced non domestic multiplier
  • £5,000 to £9,999 - relief declining on a sliding scale and a reduced non domestic multiplier
  • £10,000 to £14,999 - reduced non domestic multiplier

The relief will also apply where a ratepayer occupies a main property with an RV of less than £15,000, but has ancillary properties with RVs of less than £2,200 each, if the total RV of all properties does not exceed £14,999. In this case relief will only be applied to the one main property.

For more information, email BusinessRatesTeam@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Business payment support service

HM Revenue & Customs have a service to meet the needs of businesses which have difficulty in meeting tax, National Insurance or other payments owed to HMRC. HMRC will review the businesses circumstances and discuss various options tailored to their needs, such as arranging to make payments over a longer period.

For more information, phone HMRC Business Payment Support on 0845 302 1435 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday,  8am-4pm Saturday and Sunday) or visit the HMRC website.

General business support

Gov.uk is the main government portal for business support information. For more complex enquiries and to get a quick response to simple questions about starting or running a business, call the Business Link Helpline on 0845 600 9006.

Redundancy support

The council works closely with Job Centre Plus to offer help to affected workers facing redundancy with information on the local labour market, training opportunities, job search skills, CVs, application forms, interview techniques, and career guidance etc. 

Workshops or a resource centre can be organised at employers' sites or at local organisations, such as council offices, Next Step and Job Centre Plus. 

For more information, email regeneration@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9284 1501.

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