Wales extends rates relief holiday for a further 12 months

4 March 2021

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Welsh Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has confirmed that the business rates holiday for the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors in Wales will be extended for a further 12 months.

The £380m packages provides non-essential retail businesses with retail values up to £500k, as well as charities in Wales, with 100% business rates relief for a further 12 months. The Minister also committed to providing businesses and charities in the leisure and hospitality sector with a rateable value of more than £500k with 100% rates relief for 2021-22.

In yesterday’s budget, the UK Chancellor extended the 100% business rates relief for the sector in England until the end of June 2021.

He also pledged an extra £740m in funding for the Welsh Government.

Business Rates Director, Andrew West commented, “It is very pleasing that the Welsh Government has moved swiftly to confirm the year-long extension of 100% business rates relief for most of non-essential retail. This will provide certainty and remove a considerable burden from the struggling sector.

“Both Wales and Scotland have now gone further than England with this relief scheme.”

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin