We operate an alternate weekly waste and recycling collection service. The burgundy bin is for recyclable waste. It makes it easier for everyone to recycle and also means you can recycle plastic bottles, which in turn reduces what we send to landfill.
You need to make sure your bin is presented, with the lid shut, at the edge of your property where it meets the pavement by 6:30am on your collection day. Extra recycling that won’t fit in your burgundy bin can be presented in a clearly labelled box or bag at the side of the burgundy bin on normal collection day. Large cardboard packaging may also be put at the side of your burgundy bin. If, due to disability or sickness you, (or no-one else in your property) are unable to present your bin for collection, then you can apply for assistance.
Hessian bags for recycling paper:
- Present bags by either placing them on top of the bin lid or at the side of the bin. Please don’t include them inside the bin as there is a risk they could be tipped in the back of the vehicle.
- When emptied, collection staff will place\trap the empty bag under the bin lid to the rear where the pinch point is greatest nearer the edges.
If your bin was not emptied, please check your bin did not contain any items that it should not have, the lid was fully shut and it was put out to the edge of your property at or before 6:30am. If this occurs a notification will be posted through your letter box explaining why your waste has been left and what steps you should take to rectify this. If you are still not satisfied, please contact us on 01246 231111 as soon as possible to rectify the situation.
Appeals Open or Close
Appeals in respect of the 2010 Rating List
In general a proposal to alter the 2010 Rating List should have been made before 1st April 2017.
Full details/guidance on the appeals process can be found on the VOA website.
Appeals in respect of the 2017 Rating List
You can click, find and review your rateable value on the VOA’s website. If you have reason to believe that your 2017 rateable value is not correct, follow the instructions provided on the site. You will need to do the following :
- CHECK - review and confirm the facts about your property held by the VOA
- CHALLENGE – once the facts are established, explain why you believe your valuation is wrong.
An appeal on your 2017 rateable value is not possible, and may not be necessary, until you have completed CHECK and CHALLENGE.
Billing and Benefits Netime Open or Close
Welcome to our interactive service for Council Tax, Business Rates and Benefits - Billing and Benefits NETime.
Sign into Billing and Benefits NETime - if you've already registered for the service, you can also register if not.
Through this service you can:
If you are a landlord and receive benefit payments direct you can:
Pay Open or Close
Business Rates are payable in monthly instalments which are shown on your bill. There are a variety of ways to pay your bill, please choose an option to see more details:
- Direct Debit payments
- Telephone - Using your debit or credit card you can make a payment by telephoning us 24 hours per day, 7 days per week on 01246 217710.
- Pay online
- Area Cash Office - You can make your payment in person at our District Council Offices in Wingerworth or one of the area cash offices.
- Post - If sending your payment by post please do not send cash – send a cheque or postal order. If you cannot avoid sending cash, please use Recorded or Special Delivery. Please make cheques payable to NEDDC and send to District Council Offices, 2013 Mill lane, Wingerworth, S42 6NG. Remember to write your account reference number on the back of your cheque.
- Bank - You can pay over the counter at any bank, but the bank may charge you a fee for this service. Please quote the Business Rates account reference number and ensure that the payment is credited to our Bank:
- Bank - Lloyds Bank
- Branch - City Office Gillingham
- Sort Code - 30 80 12
- Account Number - 10736668
- Account Name - NEDDC General Account
If you have any query about paying your bill, please contact the Revenues Team using the contact details opposite..
Rate Relief Open or Close
If you pay business rates, you may be eligible for rate relief. There are several options available. Further details regarding all reliefs available can be found on the Government website
- Empty properties - Empty properties are exempt from business rates for three months after they become vacant, or six months for industrial premises. After this period, rates are payable in full. If a new person becomes entitled to possession either during, or after, this 3/6 months period, a further ‘free’ period cannot be given. In most cases the unoccupied property rate is zero for properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs. In addition there are a number of exemptions from the unoccupied property rate. Please contact us for full details.
- Partly Occupied Property Relief - A ratepayer is liable for the full non-domestic rate whether a property is wholly occupied or only partly occupied. Where a property is partly occupied for a short time, we are able, in certain cases, to award relief in respect of the unoccupied part. Please contact us for full details.
- Community and Amateur Sports Club Relief (CASC) - Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to 80% relief where the property is occupied by the charity or club and is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes or as a Registered CASCS. Mandatory Relief is given at 80% of the annual charge. We can also award Discretionary Relief on all, or part, of the remaining 20% of the association's bill on such a property.
- Charitable Relief - Registered charities are entitled to Mandatory Relief from Business Rates on any property which is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is given at 80% of the annual charge. We can also award Discretionary Relief on all, or part, of the remaining 20% of the charity's bill on such a property. We also have discretion to remit all or part of any Business Rates bill in respect of properties occupied by certain bodies not established or conducted for profit.
- Rural Rate Relief - Certain types of property in rural areas (also known as rural settlements), subject to certain criteria being met, may be entitled to relief. A Rural Settlement is classed as an area in the district with a population of less than 3000. The list of Rural Settlements in North East Derbyshire is available for inspection at our offices in Wingerworth. Please contact us for full details. Please note that the Government doubled rural rate relief to 100% from 1st April 2017. Prior to this, an eligible ratepayer was entitled to 50% relief of the full charge with a further 50% discretionary relief being available.
- Small Business Rate Relief - You can get small business rate relief if: a) You only occupy one business property in England with a rateable value below £12,000, or b) You occupy more than one business property and the rateable values of your additional properties are below £2,900 and when added together the total rateable value of your properties does not exceed £19,999. The relief will be applied to the main property. If you are currently receiving relief and occupy an additional property with a rateable value above £2,900, the existing relief will continue for one year. The taper will allow 100% relief for eligible properties with an RV of £12,000 or below reducing to 0% relief for properties with an RV of £15,000 or above.
- Hardship Relief - We have discretion to award hardship relief in specific circumstances. Please contact us for further details.
Supporting Small Business Relief – This new relief scheme is available to ratepayers facing large increases as a result of the loss of small business or
rural rate relief due to the 2017 Revaluation. To support these ratepayers, the available relief ensures that the increase in the amount payable from the previous year is limited to whichever is the greater of :
a percentage increase p.a. of 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 15% and 15% 2017/18 to 2021/22 all plus inflation. Unlike the transitional relief scheme, for the first year of the scheme the percentage increase is taken against the bill for 31 March 2017 after small business rate relief or rural rate relief , or
a cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month). This cash minimum increase ensures that those ratepayers paying nothing or very small amounts in 2016/17 after small business rate relief are brought into paying something.
Ratepayers will remain in the scheme for either 5 years or until they reach the bill they would have paid without the scheme. Please note that the relevant property must be occupied to qualify for the relief. If the property subsequently becomes empty, entitlement to the relief will cease and cannot be re-awarded if the property becomes re-occupied. Entitlement to this relief is subject to State Aid limits. Please contact us for further details.
Public House Relief Scheme – At the Spring Budget 2017 , the Government announced a £1,000 business rates discount for occupied public houses with a rateable value of up to £100,000 for 1 year, commencing 1 April 2017. In the Autumn Budget 2017 the Chancellor announced that the public house relief scheme would be extended by a further year. Please note that entitlement to relief is subject to meeting State Aid requirements.
It is intended that eligible public houses should:
- be open to the general public
- allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
- allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
- permit drinks to be purchases at the bar
Certain properties are excluded from entitlement to this relief, including restaurants, cafes, hotels, sporting venues . Please contact us for further details.
Rateable Value Open or Close
Your premises will be given a rateable value by the Valuation Office Agency which we will use to calculate how much you should pay. The rateable value of your property is shown on the front of your bill. This broadly represents the yearly rent the property could have been let for on the open market at a fixed valuation date.
- Until 31 March 2017, the rateable values have been based on a valuation date of 1 April 2008.
- From 1 April 2017, the rateable values are based on the valuation date of 1 April 2015.
The rateable value is then multiplied by a figure set annually by central government (known as the multiplier) to calculate the rates payable. There are 2 multipliers : the standard non-domestic rating multiplier and the small business non-domestic rating multiplier. The former is higher to pay for small business rates relief.
All rateable values are reassessed at a general revaluation to ensure bills paid by any one ratepayer reflect changes over time in the value of their property relative to others. This helps maintain fairness in the rating system by updating valuations in line with changes in the market.
In the year of revaluation the multipliers are adjusted to account for overall changes to total rateable value and to ensure that the revaluation does not raise extra money for government. Similarly, the change in the revaluation date to 2017 has no effect on the total amount of revenue raised from business rates.
If you think that your rateable value is incorrect, you can find and view your property details here.
Recovery and Appeals Open or Close
The process of recovering unpaid money is governed by legislation and is outlined below:
- Reminder - Business Rates payments should be made in accordance with the instalment due date on your NNDR bill. If you fail to pay on time, we will send you a Reminder notice asking you to bring your account up to date within 7 days. If you are unable to make payment immediately, we may be able to agree alternative payment arrangements. If you fail to make contact and don't bring your account up to date, we will not issue any further reminders. You will lose your right to pay by instalments and we will take court action against you.
- Final Notice - If you pay the amount required by the Reminder notice, and you are late with your payments again, you will lose the right to pay by instalments and you will be issued with a Final notice. This means that the remainder of your full yearly amount becomes due and payable. If you do not pay in full, we will take court action against you.
- Summons - If you have failed to pay money owed on your account after a reminder has been sent to you, details of your account will be passed to the Recovery Section. At this stage we will issue a summons to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court. As a result, you will lose the right to pay by instalments and the summons will request that you pay the full outstanding balance, including an additional amount for court costs.
- Arrangements - Once a summons has been issued, the Recovery Section will be happy to discuss making an arrangement for you to pay off your outstanding balance. This could be through a Direct Debit, three-monthly payments or based on your income and expenditure. We will still apply for a Liability Order with costs at the court hearing, but we will not take any further recovery action, as long as you keep to your arrangement.
- Further Action - If you do not make an arrangement to pay, or fail to keep to the arrangement you have made, then the Recovery Section can take the following action: 1) pass your account to an enforcement agent's company to recover; you may be charged additional costs for this by the company 2) start insolvency proceedings 3) apply for your committal to prison.
Of course we would like to avoid all of these options, if at all possible, by making an acceptable arrangement with you. Please contact the Revenues Section.
Please see the separate section regarding appeals.
Full details/guidance on the appeals process can be found on the VOA website.
Looking for a new way to advertise your business and increase your sales targets or revenue?
We have a wealth of sponsorship and advertising opportunities to help you reach your target audience, whilst at the same time giving something back to the local community. These range form adverts in our publications to sponsoring a roundabout. If you wish to advertise or sponsor with us please refer to our Media Pack (1.78MB) and our Advertising and Sponsorship Policy (105kb) which details the types of advertising we will (and won't) accept and our terms and conditions.
Advice and Assistance Open or Close
We are committed to regenerating our towns and villages and by attracting investment such as The Avenue new development it provides much needed job opportunities and helps improve the local economy. We are keen to support any development proposals, whether they are an existing business looking to expand or a company looking to relocate to our district. We also work very closely with developers and local businesses to make sure we maximise any employment, skills and training opportunities for the benefit of local people.
We have a team of people who will help to ensure developers and individuals receive good, factual advice, information and guidance to make their plans a reality and can also offer a bespoke support package to suit particular needs and will also provide an aftercare management service beyond project inception.
We also stage regular Business Network events throughout the year, giving businesses in North East Derbyshire the chance to share ideas and best practice, whilst also finding out about the latest funding streams or training opportunities available.
So if you have a business proposal or just want some help and advice, contact us now.
Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership have a programme known as the Sheffield Innovation Programme. The Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) is a regional initiative which aims to stimulate business growth and promote the development of long-term relationships with SME's by providing access to a broad range of academic expertise and university facilities.
The Sheffield City Region (SCR) is in the process of designing an integrated employment support service across the City Region. This event provides an opportunity for service providers to hear more about it and ask questions. The SCR will use the time to consult experts in the delivery space for employment support in order to shape our final delivery approach. To find out more and register your attendance, visit Eventbrite.
Apprentices Open or Close
Apprentices must be aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSE's or equivalent up to degree level. They are an excellent way to find eager employees who will be trained up to a high level in order to provide them with the skills needed to perform their job. We work with partners to promote and recruit apprenticeships within the District and you may be able to get funding to help employ an apprentice. The Apprentices can be new or current employees and more detail can be found on Gov.uk website.
Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7 and combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. If you would like to find out more, please visit Gov.uk, Sheffield Hallam University or Derby University.
In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England changed. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.
Meeting the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target
As an authority we have always been pro-active in encouraging young people to take up traineeships and apprenticeships to gain the necessary skills, qualifications and experience so they are work-ready.
The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy April 2017 meant all public bodies with 250 or more staff had to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprenticeship starts.
We actively consider apprenticeships either for new recruits or as part of career development for our existing staff. For 2017/18 we had a target of nine apprentices, and we achieved seven with apprenticeships in Business Administration, ICT, Leisure Management, Activity Leadership, Accountancy, Horticulture, Plumbing, Automotive, Customer Service, Level 2 and Level 3.
For 2018/19 we have a target of 11 apprentices and are on target to achieve this.
Broadband Open or Close
We believe access to super-fast broadband is vital to improve life for residents and it is vital for businesses growth and long term job creation in the District, that's why we are working with Derbyshire County Council (DCC) to try and improve broadband services.
DCC's Digital Derbyshire programme is looking to improve the broadband infrastructure to allow better connection speeds and is working with BT to manage the rollout of BDUK funds to support greater access to faster connectivity. Digital Derbyshire also have a postcode tracker on their website so you can find out more about your area.
Superfast South Yorkshire Voucher Scheme
The Superfast South Yorkshire (SFSY) Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme offers vouchers to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to take up faster digital connectivity and to further support SMEs to introduce transformational innovations to the business that can improve business performance through faster digital connections.
The scheme is open to all eligible businesses in North East Derbyshire, with a deadline for applications of August 2018.
For more information, including the forms needed to apply, please visit their website:
Employment & Training Open or Close
Together with our partners we run a variety of schemes that help link local people with local jobs. These schemes include:
- Apprenticeships - We work with partners and educational establishments to provide apprenticeships and traineeships for local young people. If you are a business in the north east Derbyshire district and would like free 1-1 support in recruiting an apprentice, including funding, please contact Jane Weston, Employment and Skills Officer. Tel 07866681601.
- Employer Engagement Programme - We support developers and employers with recruiting local people, the provision of local companies within the supply chain and connecting them with schools, colleges and universities.
- Recruitment - North east Derbyshire businesses can promote their vacancies on the Sheffield City Region Jobs Board which is a free facility to support businesses find and retain talented and locally based employees. The specialist on line platform ensures that regional jobs rank higher within the principal internet search engines, thereby providing benefits to both local employers and job seekers. https://www.sheffieldcityregion.jobs/
- Workforce training - If you are an employer in the north east Derbyshire district and would like free 1-1 support with workforce training, including funding, please contact Jane Weston, Employment and Skills Officer. Tel 07866681601.
Funding Open or Close
To help businesses grow, we can provide access to or information on a variety of funding streams. The main ones for our District are:
- Business Growth Fund - Funding for businesses that are not eligible for LEADER grants
- D2N2 Growth Hub - Grants to support and encourage economic growth in the area.
- LEADER - Funding of rural projects in the local area
- SCR Growth Hub - Support across six themed areas: Access to Finance; Skills and Training; Innovation; Export; Start-Up and Growth Demand.
For information on other funding streams please contact us.
Business Growth Fund
NEDDC has established the limited time pilot NED BGF to support businesses from areas within North East Derbyshire District that are not eligible for BNED LEADER Approach funding. Primarily, the eligible areas are the Parishes of Dronfield, Clay Cross and Tupton.
If you are unsure if your business falls within a BNED LEADER area or not, please use DEFRA's Magic Maps tool, which will help you determine eligibility. A guide to using the Magic Maps tool can be downloaded below. If after using the tool you are still unsure, please contact a member of the team (details below).
The BGF will generally fund any business sector which we feel does not conflict with our Council Values and will provide between £500 and £4,000 towards project costs. At least 10% match funding will be expected from businesses (meaning total project cost should exceed £550) who will be selected based upon their ability to achieve economic growth and/or job creation within the District.
Grants can be for either capital or revenue expenditure; examples of the types of activity which can be funded could include:
• Extending and improving premises
• Employing an apprentice (but not core staff costs)
• Development of the business profile to boost trade (e.g. website development, advertising, artwork etc)
• Business growth items (equipment including ICT and machinery)
• Business start-up costs
Businesses requesting funding to address falling profits will not be eligible as it is unlikely that the modest grant would enable a long term change to their decline. Expenditure such as feasibility studies, planning application costs and consultants fees would not create any direct growth output and is also therefore ineligible.
Although each application will be taken on its own merit it is felt that, in line with other similar grant programmes, it would be inappropriate to provide funding for stock and other consumables.
The Business Growth Fund will run from November 2015 until March 2019 and it is expected that all projects will be completed before the Fund closes.
All NED BGF documents, including Guidance Notes, the Expression of Interest form and the Full Application form can be downloaded below. Please ensure you are using the latest versions of the forms and guidance (currently "rev March 2017").
NED BGF Guidance NED BGF Expression of Interest NED BGF Expression of Interest Guidance NED BGF Application Form NED BGF Application Form Guidance Magic Maps Help Sheet
Land and Property Open or Close
If you are looking for the ideal site or premises for your business, North East Derbyshire has an abundance of commercial/business space and development sites.
We continue to identify employment land, commercial space and social infrastructure to help our business base continue to grow. These include major development sites such Markham Vale, The Avenue and the St Modwen site in Clay Cross with the potential of land becoming available on the former Coalite Site.
Networking Open or Close
In our strategic document, 'Unlocking Our Growth Potential', we state that our ambition for the area is:
"We are committed to deliver faster sustainable growth and prosperity with opportunities for all to flourish and succeed."
To do this, the Council is working to help increase the number of new start businesses, attract inward investment and helping existing businesses to grow.
Regulatory Advice & Guidance Open or Close
Starting your own business can be a daunting prospect, with a number of requirements, many of them legal, needing to be met. This discourages many potential business owners from even beginning.
However, there is support available from a number of different agencies, who can help you to navigate through this, to give your fledgling business every chance of success. This section can link you through to those agencies.
In the first instance, it is recommended that everybody who is interested in starting a business, contacts the National Business Support Helpline, who can provide advice and guidance on a local and national level.
If you would also like some new premises for your business, please contact a member of the Economic Development team using the contact details on this page.