Business Rates Annual Billing delayed until after Government's Budget

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Business support and advice

From Horsham District Council

Business Rates Annual Billing

Horsham District Council would normally be issuing the annual Business Rates bills at the start of March 2021. However, the Government has suggested that local authorities consider delaying the annual billing process until after the Chancellor has set out the next phase of the Government’s plans to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, protect jobs and support businesses in the Budget on 3 March 2021.

In light of this advice, and to prevent confusion and concern to customers during what is already a very difficult time for our local businesses, the Council has made the decision to delay issuing the annual Business Rates bills until after the Budget. 

Once details of the Budget are known and how this affects our Business Rates customers we will provide further updates on what will happen next.

If you have questions about Business Rates please visit the LGSS website.

Prime Minister sets out roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions

COVID-19 Roadmap 2021

On Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister announced a phased plan to lift national lockdown restrictions.

Over the coming months the lockdown rules will be lifted in stages, starting on 8 March. Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step.

For the time being, we are still in national lockdown so please continue following the rules and guidance. By working together and following the rules at each stage, we can help make this roadmap become a reality.

Read the roadmap and how together we can help make it happen

Have you registered to participate in the Virtual Jobs and Skills Fair?

Jobs and skills fair logo

To aid businesses in their recovery and help boost employment in the District, the Council are running an online Virtual Jobs and Skills Fair in April 2021.

It's completely free for businesses to register for this year's virtual fair.

The virtual fair will be an avenue for your business to showcase a huge range of opportunities. Please register your interest with us so we can make sure your business will feature to support current or future employment opportunities.


If you have any questions about the virtual fair or would like to discuss taking part, please email the team on

Apply for a natural environment investment readiness fund grant

The natural environment investment readiness fund (NEIRF) is a competitive grants scheme providing grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to support the development of environmental projects in England.

You can apply for grant if you are a:

  • not-for-profit organisation, including charities and environmental non-governmental organisations
  • public body, including local councils and national park authorities
  • company or other business registered with HMRC, including sole traders, academic institutions, community interest companies and community benefit companies

Visit GOV.UK to find out if your business is eligible and how you can apply