Business rates relief set for wholesale industry

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Foodservice wholesalers are finally set to receive extra support in the form of business rates relief, following a government announcement of £1.5bn in additional backing.

This new support is targeting “businesses affected by Covid-19 outside the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors” that slipped through the cracks in previous support.

Although wholesalers still don’t have final confirmation, the announcement included an case study of a foodservice wholesaler as an example of a business that will receive the relief.

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FWD chief executive James Bielby, said: “This is fantastic news for wholesalers and reflects the increased recognition within government of the vital role of food and drink wholesalers. The past year has had a devastating impact on foodservice wholesalers and support with business rates has been the main ask of government to support the sector.

“It’s a reflection of the great pressure that the wholesale sector has put on government by campaigning intensely for the glaring anomaly on business rates to be corrected,” he added.

Paul Hill
Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. Paul can be found on Twitter on @BW_PaulHill, or can be contacted via and 020 7689 3376.


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