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How Your Business Could Benefit from Scottish Small Business Rates Relief

Do you pay business rates on your premises? You could be eligible for a discount!

“My message to business after announcing this package is clear. Come to Scotland. Invest in Scotland, and grow your business in Scotland.”

Speaking in September 2017, Finance Secretary Derek MacKay, confirmed that the government will continue to provide relief on business rates for small businesses in Scotland. It’s estimated that over 100,000 Scottish businesses paid no business rates under the scheme, during the year 2017-2018.

If you’re not sure whether you qualify for business rates relief, you can contact your local council and speak to an adviser free of charge. You could save up to £6,990 on business rates per year. It’s straightforward and free to apply.


Are You Eligible For The Small Business Bonus Scheme?

You are eligible for discounted business rates under the Small Business Bonus Scheme if:

  • You pay rates on business premises in Scotland
  • The combined rateable value of all your premises in the country is £35,000 or less


Does My Business Qualify For Business Rates Relief?

You could receive a substantial discount or have your rates waived altogether, under the SSBS.

If the total rateable value of all your business premises is less than £15,000 – you are eligible for a 100% discount on your business rates. This could mean a hefty saving for lots of our small business tenants at Heathhall Business Centre.

If your total rateable value is between £15,001 and £18,000 you are eligible for a 25% discount on your business rates.

Do you have more than one premises? A 25% discount is also available to business owners with more than one business property, whose combined rateable value is between £18,001 and £35,000. You’re 25% discount will be applied to each individual property that has a rateable value of less than £18,000.

If you’re not sure how to work out your rates, you can use the free Business Rates Calculator provided by


How Much Could I Save On My Business Rates?

You could save up to £6,990 on your business rates, per year, under the SSBS.


How Do I Apply For Scottish Small Business Rates Relief?

You can apply by submitting an application form to your local council. The form is brief, easy to complete and you don’t need to declare any sensitive information about your business.

Not sure if you’re eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme? Your local council will be able to advise you, free of charge.


Looking for business premises in Scotland? Our mixed-use business centre boasts over 140,000 sq ft of commercial property to rent in Dumfries. Whether you’re downsizing your premises or expanding your business, our trade counters, retails units, workshops, industrial units, self storage and offices all benefit from free, high-speed broadband access. Get in touch today for the best deal on our commercial property in Scotland!

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