BUSINESSES in Warwick district hit by the pandemic are being urged to apply for a discretionary business grant scheme to help with their recovery.
Warwick District Council has been allocated £1.7million government cash to support a range of businesses, who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant which were available from April.
Businesses impacted by the pandemic, ranging from those with large retail and hospitality premises to small and micro-businesses with fixed property costs, including sole traders operating from home, are urged to check the full eligibility criteria on the council’s website and apply today.
District business spokesman Coun Richard Hales said: “We are very aware of the detrimental impact Covid-19 has had on so many of our local businesses. The council’s finance team has worked tirelessly to ensure that those who are eligible receive this lifeline support. To date more than 92 per cent of businesses qualifying for the government scheme have received £30.5million in grants.
“However, we know that a number of businesses have fallen through the net. It’s important to stress that this is a grant not a loan, so I would therefore urge businesses who may now be eligible to make an application and access the support which is now available to them.
“If you’re self-employed, a sole trader or freelancer that has fixed property costs and has been impacted by the pandemic, or a retail and hospitality business that has a rateable value lower than £65k, please get in touch to check the eligibility criteria and apply today.”
Click www.warwickdc.gov.uk/discretionarygrantfund for full details of the grant scheme including the eligibility criteria,
The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday July 10.