Businesses could save thousands by applying government discounts to their rates bills.

A local business owner selling goods, food or drink and paying £50,000 or less in retail rates can apply for up to £1,000 off their bill.

Maldon District Councillor David Sismey, Chairman of the Finance and Corporate Services Committee, said: “We would urge ratepayers to contact us immediately if they think they may be entitled to the discount.

“If successful the discount can be quickly applied to the customer’s account, reducing their bill.”