Manchester City Council

Business & investment Manchester Enterprise Zone and business rates discounts

Business rate discounts

The government introduced Enterprise Zones in the 2011 budget. Their aim is to stimulate business growth by providing financial incentives directly to businesses and to councils.

The Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone is a string of linked sites focused around Manchester Airport, Wythenshawe Centre and University Hospital South Manchester Foundation Trust.  If you are a business moving into the zone between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2018 you could receive a financial incentive as a discount on your business rates for up to five years.

The Greater Manchester Life Sciences (GMLS) Enterprise Zone, launched on 1 April 2016, comprises two sites located just off Oxford Road at the Manchester Science Partnerships Central Campus and the Central Manchester Hospitals Foundation Trust campus. If you are a business moving into  the zone between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2021 you could receive a financial incentive as a discount on your business rates for up to five years.

This is a complex area that is covered by legislation and businesses are advised to read all the guidance and seek advice before submitting an application form or committing to a move into the zone.

Thinking of moving into the Enterprise Zone?

For more information about Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone and to register your interest visit the Airport City Enterprise Zone webpages.

For more information about Greater Manchester Life Sciences Enterprise Zone and to register your interest visit www.corridormanchester.com 

Consideration of Applications

If you are moving into the zone you will need to complete an application form.
Applications will be processed by the Council's Business Rates team.

Making an application for a discount

Applications can be made by completing an application form. If you require further information please contact us.

Application forms should be returned to
Business Rates
PO Box 3
Manchester
M15 5BA

Questions

Please see the frequently asked questions that are intended to cover the majority of questions about how the scheme operates.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us.

If you have any questions about moving into the zones or where the zones cover please visit either:

 

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