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Braintree District Council extends its £1.5m discretionary grant scheme to help more businesses

Braintree District Council extends its £1.5m discretionary grant scheme to help more businesses

"We will continue to do all that we can to support as many businesses as possible and especially those most in need.”

Braintree District Council has issued another £317, 000 in grants to support 71 more businesses after the launch of its £1.5 million discretionary grant scheme last month. The authority is now extending the scheme to include other businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Grants between £2,000 and £10,000 and £25,000 (in exceptional circumstances) are available to help businesses with ongoing fixed premises or business related property costs such as rental costs.

The scheme, which reopens to applications today (Friday, 10th July) is aimed at helping those businesses facing severe financial difficulties because of the fall in income due to the coronavirus crisis.

The authority is reopening the scheme to regular market traders, charities, bed and breakfasts and businesses in shared offices or work spaces. It is also extending it to include other types of businesses, with priority being given to:

·         nurseries and childcare facilities

·         medical therapeutic services - for instance, chiropractors, physiotherapists and chiropodists

·         indoor fitness and dance studios and sports venues or facilities

·         businesses supplying goods or services to the retail, hospitality, tourism, travel and leisure sectors

Other types of businesses with premises or business related property costs should also apply as long as they can demonstrate a significant fall in income due to the coronavirus crisis.

Businesses based at home (with the exception of bed and breakfasts) are excluded from this scheme as well as those who have already made a claim against any of the other grant schemes. Businesses must have been trading on 11th March 2020 to be eligible for this fund.

Businesses should visit www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus to find out more about the scheme, the criteria and application process. Applications must be in before 5pm on Friday, 24th July.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure at Braintree District Council, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to pay out over a third of a million pounds to help over 70 small business in our district so far. We are now extending this scheme to support even more businesses struggling because of this crisis. We encourage all eligible businesses to submit their application form without delay so as not to miss out. We will continue to do all that we can to support as many businesses as possible and especially those most in need.”