Small businesses are being urged to sign up for a scheme which could cut their rates bills by up to £2,500.

Only 39 per cent of small businesses in Rother have applied for the Government's small business rate relief scheme.

It was introduced in April last year but £400 million has been left unclaimed in England, with only 48 per cent of businesses signing up.

In Rother, only 1,258 firms have joined the scheme.

Rother District Council sends out application forms to eligible businesses with the rate bill and is urging people to find out what they are entitled to.

Call the community help points for further information, either in Battle on 01424 787477, Rye on 01797 222293 or Bexhill on 01424 787999.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006