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Cambridge City Council

Statement on struggling businesses and business rates

2 August 2022

In response to an enquiry from the media we issued the following response about business challenges pubs are facing and business rates.

A spokesperson for Cambridge City Council said: “Business rates are set by the government, which the council bill and collect on their behalf.

“There are exemptions and reliefs available on our website that businesses may be able to apply for depending on their circumstances and if they fit the eligibility criteria. Businesses who are struggling to apply or who wish to discuss elements of the application process can contact us at

“The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Growth Hub may also be able to offer advice and support on business resilience.

The executive councillor leading on this matter is Cllr Mike Davey (Labour), Executive Councillor for Finance Resources and Transformation. Spokespersons for the other political groups on this issue are Cllr Tim Bick (Liberal Democrat) and Cllr Naomi Bennett (Green/Independent Group).