More than £150,000 has been paid out to the self-employed whose businesses in Stafford Borough have suffered due to Covid-19.
One-off payments of up to £2,000 were set aside for the self-employed, sole traders and small limited companies who had not received previous funding.
The latest grant scheme is earmarked at eligible businesses, such as driving instructors, sports therapists, photographers, and artists, who have lost more than 30 per cent of income since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in March 2020.
Conditions of receiving the new grant also include having less than £50m turnover - and the business must prove they had been trading at the time and were registered at HM Revenues and Customs or Companies House.
Stafford Borough Council recently appealed for applicants to ensure they provided all the information and evidence required so the local authority could make payments quickly. Many of the around 300 applications had information missing – and the council say they are still assessing more than 100 of those claims.
People have until the end of June to apply for the grant. The list of documents that businesses must provide - such as bank statements, or a unique taxpayer reference - can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/business-support-coronavirus . You can also apply for grants from that address as well as find out about other support available.
During the pandemic, the Borough Council has distributed more than £47 million to hundreds of local businesses who have had to close, or have been significantly restricted, by measures introduced to control the spread of the virus.
Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, said she was pleased they were able to get money to those businesses who needed it most.
Councillor Beatty said: “There is still time for people to apply for funding, and I would urge everyone to make sure they provide us with all the information the Government requires us to collect to ensure our businesses get every penny they are entitled to.
“Unfortunately, without that information we cannot pay the business.”
Councillor Beatty added: “It has been a tremendously tough time for very many businesses and I am glad we have been able to distribute so much money to help them recover. It has also been great to hear some have used the financial support and advice we have provided to adapt with a stronger business model than before.”
Press Release No 5773