Council pays nearly £6 million in grants to local businesses

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Lichfield District Council has paid £5,905,000 in emergency small business grants to 490 qualifying businesses.

The council has contacted around 1,560 businesses that it believes are eligible for either a small business grant of £10,000 or a retail, hospitality and leisure business grant of up to £25,000.

Of these, hundreds of businesses have responded to the council’s request for information to enable payments to be made, and the grants are being paid as quickly as possible.

However, many have not responded yet, so the council is urging local businesses to check the eligibility criteria on its website, and if they are eligible to email [email protected] to ensure they can access the vital support.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:

“The government has made grant funding available to help support local businesses financially at this difficult time.  

“We are responsible for getting this much needed grant money to eligible businesses as swiftly as possible. Having paid almost 500 grants already, while processing the remaining payments, we need to get the message out to businesses across the district who haven't contacted us yet, to get in touch with us by email if they think they may be eligible for a grant. Around £19 million of financial support is available for our eligible businesses.

"If you are involved in a business in the retail, leisure or hospitality sectors, please make sure you have a look at the information on who is eligible. There is funding of up to £25,000 on offer which could be vital in helping keeping businesses going. We can't make grant payments unless business owners get in touch with us.”

To find out more, including the full eligibility criteria for the grants and information about other support that is available to businesses, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/supportingbusiness.

 

Published: 9 April 2020