Business aid grants
Business aid in Richmondshire has already topped £5.4 million.
More than 470 businesses have received cash from the government’s scheme to provide small business grants due to the coronavirus pandemic.
District Council officers are working hard to turn around applications as fast as possible to get the aid to companies who need it. They vary from medium sized companies, hotels and garages to small bed and breakfast, hairdresser and cafe operations.
It launched its online grants service for small business rate relief, rural rate relief and retail, hospitality and leisure grants a week ago (Friday March 27), and within four days had verified 72% of the 700 forms had been received. That figure had risen to 83% today (April 3) with 956 forms returned and 793 verified.
The council estimates there are around 1,800 district based businesses able to receive help.
“To pay out £5.4 million in such a short space of time is a massive achievement for our officers who are working hard to make sure everyone entitled to aid gets it as fast as possible,” said Council Chief executive, Tony Clark.
“We realise some of these businesses are struggling to survive and we want to make sure everyone comes out of this pandemic in a position to pick up their businesses and get the Richmondshire economy going once more.”
To make applications businesses are asked to complete our online Business grant COVID-19 application form.
- Businesses entitled to Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief as at 11 March 2020 are able to receive a grant of £10,000
- Businesses in receipt of a retail discount under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant with a rateable value of less than £51,000 are able to receive a grant of up to £10,000, and for those businesses with a rateable value of greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 a grant of £25,000