Letter to Chancellor about business rates relief

The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer

HM Treasury

Dear Chancellor,

We are writing ahead of the budget on 3rd March to urge you to extend the temporary full business rates holiday, that has been in place for the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, into the 2021-22 financial year, and potentially longer.

As Brighton and Hove businesses, we face a cliff edge when business rates become due again from April. We are worried that the welcome support for businesses provided by the Treasury  to date will be undermined if, as is likely, we cannot survive the demand for business rates to be paid from April. 

It was always the case that some sectors would need support for longer than others and we are calling on you to recognise this is the case. Our high streets, hospitality, tourism and other key parts of the local economy are still operating at vastly reduced capacity because of the pandemic. The CBI, BCC and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have all noted that, whilst much has been done by the Treasury, businesses need more help to weather the economic storms caused by Covid-19 – taking the opportunity to extend the business rates holiday is a critical way you could address this.

As we recover from the pandemic, things need to be done differently, with business rates reform long overdue. But the recovery needs us to successfully navigate the ongoing and very immediate challenges we face - and we need your help on 3rd March to do that. 

Yours sincerely

Caroline Lucas 

On behalf of: 

Dominic Jackman, Escape the City

Chelsie Lane, The Lip Lab Ltd

Gary Halsall, Snoopers Paradise

Gary Farmer, Brighton Language College

Sascha Koehler, Hilton Brighton Metropole

Wayne Jackman, Snoopers Paradise

Peter Edwards, Jaba Yard Ltd

Eric Danot, Bonsai-Ko

Mark Bennett, Bennetts Beers

Rodica Stratan, Go Smart Property

Graham Miller, That Little Tea Shop in The Lanes

Hamid Mahmmoud, Partido

Dorothy Perez, TRIBALIK

Philip Erath, The Spice Shop

David Mallon, Porta

Diego Perez, Sea Gypsy

Bill Smith, Latest TV Ltd

Jane Osler, the Brunswick

Steve Platel, Station Hotel pub

Angi Mariani, Latest Bars Ltd

Luigi Battisegola, Luigi

Simon Leigh-Jones, English’s of Brighton

George Pavlides, Baxter and Hanks Jewellers

Mark Jamieson, Special Delivery Cards Ltd

David Sewell, Pavilion Gardens café

Jim Powell, Baxter and Hanks Jewellers

Antonietta Palladino, Hotel Nineteen

Nina Dunn, PixelLux Productions

Gavin George, Laine Pub Co

Vicki Banks, The Claremont

Gavin Stewart, Brighton BID

Clarkes of Sussex

Ben Wright, We Love Falafel

Mark & David Hawkins, The Lanes Armoury

Mahmoud Badran -  Alrouche restaurant

Claudia Marlowe, Paskins Hotel Ltd

Rapael Mello, RM Productions

Seb Cole,  Boho Gelato

Amal Cashin ,FilFil Ltd

Claudia Marlow, Paskins Hotel

James Tann, Dice Saloon

Gary Thomas, Mooch

Olivia Reid, Shelter Hall

Axel Abbott, PC Bang

Jeremy Ornellas, Blanch House

Shelley Welti, Brighton BID

Simon Wright, Dice Saloon Singles

Keith Cline, Fidra Jewellers

Andrew Bird, Silverado

Catherine Lane, My Holiday Let

Ersin Ergezer, Mail Boxes Etc

Jan Etches, Brighton toy & model museum

Pippa Terry & Helen Byrne, Fetheray & The Witch Ball

Eugenie Gelman, Snoopers Paradise

Jo Prior, Bagelman

Dawn Sperring, The Chilli Pickle

John Kean, The Guarana Co

Jon Adams, Gelato Gusto

Jonathan Wood, Ooosh! Tours Ltd

Mark Gibson, Hotel Pelirocco

Brendan Foley, The Brighton Requirement

Patrick Donohoe, The Picture Hanger

Karen Wisden, Snoopers Paradise

Chris Scott, Acceler8 Training

Maureen Foulkes, Colourfast Group

Derry Watkins, Resident Music

Angelo Martinoli, Casalingo

Liam Hackett, Ditch the Label

Anna Quemard, Café Rust,

Matthew Felton-Dimmack, Lipstick & Gunpowder

Simon & Sophie Webster, Simon Webster Hair

Caron Style, Snoopers Paradise

Jimmy Milonas, The Mucky Duck

Rob Pitcher, Revolution Bar

Ahmed Ahmed, Talk Luggage

Joshua Holly, Chalk

Messa Ben, Brighton cookery school

Alexandros Simitsis, Olive Grove

Jamie O’Mara, The Bok Shop

Stuart Quinn, Wallflower

Keith Francis, Spabreaks.com Ltd

Stuart Stanley, RING jewellers

Karen Gayler Dockerills (Brighton)

Michelle Doyle, Queens Hotel

Hilary Crozier, Daisy Daisy

Clare Rogers,The Treatment Rooms

Darren Burn, OutOfOffice.com

Daniel Spinath, Crepeaffaire

Mars Miller, Artist Anon Ltd

Tom Cadmore, Eco House Insulation

Ambre France, Green Door Store

Nick Carrolchick - Olivet English Language School Ltd

Daniel Wilkes, Regency Mews Secure Parking

Paul Seivewright, Rossi Bar

Wayne Jones, No.27 Brighton

Jason Kennedy, Burger King

Zoe Mellor, Toby Tiger Ltd

Sally Oakenfold & Richard Rogers, Team Black Management Ltd

Anne Marshall, Your Golf Travel Ltd

Paul Morgan, Fourth & Church restaurant

Martin Risnovsky, Martin’s Burger House

Phil Harris, Pier Pressure Escape Rooms

Didier Sicoit, Sensation

Paul Craig, Bohemia

Linda Johnson, Beretun Designs

Nicola Dickson, Pussy

Verity Craig, Bohemia

Randall Petrie, Snoopers Attic

R Fulton, ARTBOX café

Tim Price & Soheila Daneshmand, Ju-Ju

Dhara Thompson, Sail Boat Project CIC

Claire Hampson, JD

Aoife Sweeney, La Choza      

Lucy Greenwood, Lucy & Yak

David Clowes, Blacks

Hilary Ormesher, Appendage

Robert Batson, Brighton Fringe

Mandhir Shukla, Sorriso

Richard Adams, Brightonwave

Paul Goble jewellers

Emily Ashley, Busby and Wilds

Herve Guyat, New Steine Hotel

Tania Rowlings

Georgia Ashby, Junior Edition

Herve Guyat Kemptown Trading Post

Bertie van der Beek, Pizzaface

Avsar Kazmaz, Munchies’ Craft

Lynda Everett, Abode Living Ltd

Joe Brown, Peopleforce Recruitment

David Toscano, Cin Cin

Regina  Cortez, Snoopers Paradise

Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe Ltd

Karl Jones, MOSHIMO

Kieron Forsyth, Snoopers Paradise

Stephen Varley, Boo Diddley’s Ltd

Ben Mckellar, Gingerman Group

Mitchie Alexander,Snoopers Paradise

Shuang-Yee Wo-Ebrahim, Loving Hut

David Clowes, Millets

Tim Drummond, Snoopers Paradise

Lex Hollingworth, Komedia

Claire Hampson, Size

Michael Attree, Snoopers Paradise

Matt Otley, Schmoo by the sea

Peter Bowley,Two Feathers

Ric Haines, Snoopers Paradise


Kate Powell, Bluebelle & Co

Jon Hopson, Brighton Sunblinds

Adam Chinery, Brighton Watersports

Paul Wendy & Peter Williams, Sweet Williams Fudge Shop

Peter Allinson & Paul Tempest, Whirligig Toys Ltd

Richard Mears, Mears Fruit Stall

Anna Prior, British Airways i360 Viewing Tower

Antonio Emmanouilidis, Va Pensiero Lounge

Misha Brigemohane, Rose Hill Boutique

Neil Mannifield, Market Restaurant

Greg Hall, Lambton’s

Saeid Zargham, Back Beat Bar

Amber Brzeski, FMLY Agency Ltd

Rebecca Monk, Kooks Restaurant

Alexander Preston, Isaac At

Nadia Casimir, Badger Clothing

Laura Pollard

Lucia Coppo, Va Pensiero Lounge

John White, Badger Clothing

Jenny Hurren, Snoopers Paradise

Ben Smith, Mister Smith Interiors

Abe Garman, Il Bistro

Darren Fell, Crunch

Tim Drummond, Snoopers Paradise

Ivana Roy, Petit Pois Restaurant

Kevin Stoner, Caramella







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