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Business owners across Cornwall welcome over £3 million rebate

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

Business owners welcome rebate of £1000 and up to £3 million overall across Cornwall

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BUSINESS owners across Cornwall have welcomed a business rate rebate of up to £1,000.

In Cornwall 3,877 businesses have been identified as being eligible for the scheme with around £3,383,128 of business rate rebates set to be confirmed.

Cornwall Council has taken up the government’s offer, which gives local authorities the option of providing rate relief of up to £1,000 to all retail properties with a value of £50,000 or less for both 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Richard Parish, of David Parish Menswear in Launceston, which is one of the small businesses set to benefit from the rebate scheme. He said: "This rebate is, of course, very welcome but we need to see a complete overhaul of the business rating system if high street retailers are to have any chance of survival and if new businesses are to be encouraged to set up and to flourish.

“We, along with other Cornish small businesses, have really suffered in the recession yet we are still expected to pay the high business rates set during more buoyant economic times.

“In addition, the growth in online shopping coupled with the proliferation of out of town retail outlets has created additional challenges for traditional high streets.

“The current system of business rates, which has been around since 1990 and so does not take into account the changes in the way in which customers now shop, needs to changed.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for shared services Adam Paynter said: “Cornwall Council is using its discretionary relief powers to help as many businesses in Cornwall as possible.

“This means that many retail premises can save up to £1,000 on their Business Rates bill.

“We have worked hard to identify those businesses eligible for this rebate but if any business feels that they are eligible and the rebate hasn’t been applied, I urge them to contact us as soon as possible.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for the economy Julian German said: “In these difficult economic times any financial help that we can give to businesses is important, therefore I am delighted that Cornwall Council is providing this concession to all our retailers with a rateable value of £50,000 or less.”

Alex Folkes, cabinet member for finance and resources said: “Our commitment is to support our town centre shops and businesses.

“That's why we have cut season ticket prices and reduced a range of other car park charges across Cornwall.

“We are grateful to the government for agreeing to underwrite the costs of this scheme and I hope it will help to keep Cornwall's town centres vibrant and attractive to local residents and visitors alike.”

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  • JullSan  |  March 24 2014, 9:50PM

    Taking into consideration various online activities and services, which are offered to the customers nowadays, no wonder real life business suffers. Hopefully such measures will bring at least some relief to business owners Jull from http://tinyurl.com/o5onv8y

  • westwelsh  |  March 17 2014, 8:30PM

    Look at the English quislings trying to undermine the democratic right of Kernow to self determine as our own country run by our own people.

  • martian1956  |  March 16 2014, 12:23PM

    If the beliefs and policies of MK are anything like as portraid by "westwelsh" then I am not suprised that they are being disregusrded as an absolute minority of disillusioned nationalist nut bags! Or is "westwelsh" on his own with this fantasy? Surely he must be an embarrassment to them?

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 16 2014, 9:48AM

    My neighbors aunts brother in laws wife's dog is really fed up with the spam selling!

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 16 2014, 9:46AM

    I am not sure that more retail will work as supermarkets, shopping habits and the internet are all scuppering the high street. Turnerscrafts is right in the sense that of course a Cornish Assembly would be run and staffed by as all ethnicities on election and merit. Don't know where westwelsh has got his draft idea from.

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  • Anyone  |  March 15 2014, 9:53PM

    @westwelsh How is that going to work then, one rule for a few and one rule for the many. This Cornish Assembly of yours run by Cornish people seems discriminatory against non Cornish people. Where are these Cornish people that you speak about, that some how are going to suddenly get the expertise and the inclination that they appear to lack now to manage and run this imaginary Assembly of yours. I have to tell you I am Cornish born and bred and proud to be Cornish, but you seem to lack the basic knowledge of the Cornish people. We do like to do things dreckly and dreckly as you should well know, is any time between now and death. Get real the Nationalist view of yours has no real support in Cornwall, this is born out by the lack of Nationalist councillors at County Hall. I don't usually reply to trolls but it is a bit slow for me this evening :-D

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  • westwelsh  |  March 15 2014, 9:31PM

    When we have a Cornish Assembly, run and managed by Cornish people for Cornish people, Cornish businesses will then pay lower tax rates than those which take Cornish money over the Tamar.

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  • Anyone  |  March 15 2014, 2:07PM

    Councils do not set the business rates as Doitdreckley says the valuation agency does, the council only collects it. However, a rigorous overhaul of the business rates are long overdue, as at the moment there is no encouragement for small businesses to open retail premises with all the overheads that that involves, when it is far easier and cheaper to have an online business. yet another reason why small highstreet businesses are closing down,not only here in Cornwall bu across the country as a whole. For most small retail businesses theses days to have a high street presence is far too costly .

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 15 2014, 1:19PM

    Councils do not set rate values, the valuation agency does. 50% of the income goes to government while they cut other sources of funding to councils.

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  • Tony248  |  March 15 2014, 12:18PM

    Councils are worse than the Mafia. At least the Mafia won't ask for protection money on an empty shop.

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