Business support

Whether you would like to open a business in Sale Town Centre, are thinking of relocating in the town or want to make the most of your current business investment, there are a number of support services to help you.

Business Support

Trafford Council’s dedicated Business website provides information and services for businesses and also links to other useful websites such as

For more advice on opening or expanding a business in Sale Town Centre, contact Trafford Council's Economic Growth team on 0161 912 4176 or at

Business Rates

The business rates policy is set by central government. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) assesses rateable values which are used for working out business rates bills.

There are currently a number of business rates schemes to support small businesses.

Retail Relief

Eligible retail properties can receive up to £1,000 relief on their 2014 Non-Domestic Rates bill. Criteria that must be met includes:

  • The rateable value of the property is £50,000 or less.
  • The property is occupied.
  • The property is wholly or mainly used as a shop, restaurant, cafe or drinking establishment.

Small Business Relief

This relief is available for businesses that only use one property with a rateable value less than £12,000.

Reoccupation Relief

A temporary 50% occupied rate relief will be granted for new occupants of retail premises that have been empty for a year or more at the point of occupation. The relief is available for 18 months to businesses that move into an empty property on or after 1 April 2014 and on or before 31 March 2016.

For more information on business rates, contact Trafford Council’s Business Rates section on 0161 912 2346 or at Alternatively, visit the Business Rates section on Trafford Council’s website at

Business Link

The very comprehensive Business Link website,  can offer advice and support to any type of business, whether you're starting up, already running a business or looking to develop. It has a range of interactive tools on everything you need to start and grow a business. Sales, marketing, social media, financial management and employing people are just some of the topics covered. It is a free service available online and there is also a telephone helpline.

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