Have we got your upto date business information?
Richmondshire businesses are being urged to make sure the information held online by the district council is up to date – to make applications for coronavirus grant aid speedy.
The authority has already received around 1100 applications, but there are another 900 businesses in the district who haven’t yet been in touch.
And for some of them bank details are not held on the council’s database, information which is needed to pay out a grant, either through small business rate relief, rural rate relief or the retail, hospital and leisure grant scheme.
“So far 709 of the applications have been processed with £8.7 million paid out in aid,” said Chief Executive Tony Clark.
“We are turning them around as fast as we can and they will be all the quicker if we have all the necessary information on businesses in our system – so we urge people to get that up to date. It will also help us to make sure everyone eligible for this money receives it.”
He said based on changes to eligibility criteria there are now 1992 eligible in Richmondshire – 192 more than in the first set of guidelines. This is because the government expanded discount to include bingo halls, estate agents and letting agencies. Charities may also be eligible under this expanded discount.
To submit forms with additional information businesses are asked to complete the following online business grant COVID-19 application form - they will require business rates accounts information.
- 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