£3million funding to help support covid-hit businesses in Stafford 



    Time is running out for businesses in Stafford Borough to grab a share of a £3 million support scheme.

    Borough businesses that did not qualify for Government funded rate relief to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic have an opportunity to share in the new £2.95m package.

    The fund is aimed at local firms who were affected by the pandemic but were ineligible for earlier support linked to business rates. The closing date for the scheme is drawing closer with the deadline for applications Thursday 15 September.

    To qualify businesses must be based in the borough and have been operating, and liable for business rates, since 1 April 2021. They also need to demonstrate that their business has been impacted by COVID-19.

    Stafford Borough Council has already written to 800 local businesses to let them know about new rate relief support.

    The Borough Council has distributed around £50 million since March 2020 to local businesses affected by the pandemic.

    Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, said the pandemic had hit hard and many businesses not eligible to receive rate relief had also suffered.

    “We have identified and written to 800 possibly eligible businesses. We would encourage others who think they may fit the criteria, to apply. It’s not just those in retail, hospitality and leisure that were affected; there were firms that supply goods or services to this sector, suffered the knock-on effect, but were not eligible for rate relief.”

    She added “During some exceptionally challenging times it is gratifying to continue to offer financial support, this on the back of the many millions we have previously distributed. I’d strongly encourage those eligible to apply to us by 15 September as we have limited funds.” 

    Press Release 5940

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