EALING Council is offering 650 businesses a rebate on their tax, totalling more than £187,000, to help them cope with the damage and lost trade of last month's riots.
All small firms which were damaged, and have already received a payment of £1,200 from the council, will be given a month off their annual business rates
Other traders that suffered disruption but did not receive direct damage will be given one week free, with the discount capped at £500.
Brij Sehgal, owner of Seba Electronics in Uxbridge Road, West Ealing, suffered £150,000 of losses after looters completely emptied the shop which sells visual and digital equipment.
He said: "We have lots of storage premises which we also pay the rates for. I think the council have been very helpful. We're back to normal now so we'll see how it goes, business is quiet at the moment.
"Naturally, we're very appreciative. We've lost over £150,000 but we're insured for £100,000 so there'll be a shortfall we'll have to pay."
Simon Kirby, owner of Flower Haven, in Springbridge Road, Ealing, who had windows smashed and stock ruined, will save about £300.
He said: "I think it's a good step to take. The £1,200 has already been a great help. I think it's been a good, measured response from the council. They haven't gone too crazy and thrown too much money at it, but a reasonable amount."
And Angelo Ambrosio, joint owner of Santa Maria Pizzeria in St Mary's Road, Ealing, which was badly looted, will get about £180 back.
He added: "I think the council are doing pretty well. We've already received a small amount which covered a few things like repairing the glass and the fridge and replacing the alcohol.
"But it didn't cover the day we had to close, all the boarding we had to put up and things like that so any extra help is a good thing. Qualifying businesses will automatically receive revised bills by Monday (26) without the need for any paperwork.
Council Leader Julian Bell, said: “The days after the riots were unbelievably hard for many businesses and not just those that suffered damage. Some were unable to open because they were inside the police cordon and many more had to close early or suffered other disruption.
"For some businesses the riot could make the difference between profit and loss, so I know this discount will really help some of those who are struggling.”
Any businesses that do not receive a revised bill, but believe they have suffered should call the business rates hotline on 020 8825 7020 by October 15.
More information and advice for businesses affected by the riot is available at www.ealing.gov.uk/riotrecovery