New financial support is available for businesses in Stafford Borough as part of funding introduced following the latest national lockdown.
Businesses that have had to close or are seriously affected by the lockdown measures which came into force on Thursday (5 November), will be entitled to claim grants from the Borough Council to help compensate for their lost income over the four-week period.
It will include non-essential retail, leisure, sports facilities and the hospitality sector, in the first instance, that are required to close. They will be able to claim up to £3,000 depending on the rateable value of their business.
In order to qualify a business must have:
- Closed on 5 November as required by national restrictions or
- Significantly altered their operation – for example moving to ‘click and collect’ or takeaway only services – because they are not allowed to continue normal services
These grants are now available.
Further grants will be available from 3 December to other businesses that have been severely restricted because of lockdown.
To find out more go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/business-support-coronavirus The on-line application form is available at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/LRGform
Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Resources at the council, said: “We distributed around £24 million to our local businesses during the first lockdown which we know has helped so many survive through these challenging times.
“We hope this lockdown will be a much shorter period than before, but it is still vital we get this money quickly to those businesses who are eligible as it may be the difference between survival or going under.
“We will be contacting those businesses that we believe to be eligible to invite them to apply on-line.”
“I’d also urge businesses who are struggling to please check what support and grants are available and if they need further advice then please get in touch with us.”
He added: “Could I take this opportunity in light of the worrying increase in coronavirus cases in the borough to urge everyone to be ultra-careful and keep to the rules and guidance.”
You can contact the council at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01785 619000
Press Release No 5694