Public Sector

Business receive £11 million and counting from district council

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 23 April 2020 14:39

Business receive £11 million and counting from district council

More than £14 million has reached businesses in the Cotswolds since the money became available from central Government to support them through the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cotswold District Council said it had approved more than 900 payments to firms across the district - in excess of£11 million of cash support – as of April 8, 2020. 

By April 16 that figure had risen to £14.4 million with 1,122 grants awarded.

Councillor Mike Evemy, cabinet member for finance, said: “We know how stressful a time this is for business owners whose livelihoods have been greatly affected by this pandemic, and our team is working flat out to get this support to them.” 

The council has identified more than 2,500 eligible businesses to which it will be looking to make payments, but is still awaiting key information from many.  

To get any money due to them businesses are being urged to fill out the Apply for a Business Grant form on the local authority’s website. 

The grants, announced by the Chancellor in March, are available to businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief and businesses in the retail,hospitalityand leisure sectors.  

Eligible businesses will qualify for one of the grants but not both.