Although we’re still enjoying a spectacular Indian summer I can't help but notice that the leaves on the trees are starting to turn glorious shades of gold, bronze and copper, and it's a sure indication that it's that time of year again.
I'm talking of course about the Hammersmith and Fulham Brilliant Business Awards for which we are this year defending our position as Best Business Supporters of the Community. If you can spare a moment, and of course if you think we deserve it, we would be delighted if you could vote for us here.
If you're still uncertain and you happen to run a retail business in the Borough then perhaps I can give you two thousand reasons to change your mind by informing you about the Retail Rates Relief scheme.
If you follow this blog you'll know that we have two shops, one in Fulham and one in Surbiton, but neither of these councils seems to have publicised the scheme yet, so congratulations to Wandsworth Council who have kicked off a pink envelope campaign to inform local shops, cafes, and other small retail businesses about the scheme; as I live in Putney I was lucky enough to read about this in the council magazine that comes through my letterbox.
All you need to do is ensure that you qualify as a retail business which is fairly self-explanatory, but do check the list of exceptions which is on page 2 of the form, and if you do qualify then download the form from here:
Then it’s just a case of filling it in and sending it to the council's Business Rates Department at:
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
London W6 9JU
A single application will allow you to claim the rebate for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
If your business is based in another Borough then you should be able to find details on your councils website if you search for 'retail rates relief'; I believe the scheme is being run nationally.