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Braintree District Council urges eligible businesses to come forward within the week to access financial support

Braintree District Council urges eligible businesses to come forward within the week to access financial support

Braintree District Council is giving businesses another week to make their applications for a share of its £1.5 million discretionary grant fund.

The scheme, which will now close on Monday, 3rd August, is aimed at helping businesses facing financial difficulties because of the fall in income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Grants between £2,000 and £10,000 and £25,000 in exceptional circumstances are available to help businesses with premises related costs such as rental costs.

The authority is giving companies more time to come forward because it recognises that many will have been busy over the past few weeks getting their businesses ready to reopen safely post lockdown.

The scheme is open to all types of businesses with premises related costs as long as they can demonstrate a significant fall in income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The authority is particularly interested in hearing from:

·         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

Regular market traders, charities, bed and breakfasts and businesses in shared office spaces can also apply if they have not done so already.

This scheme is not open to the businesses who have already made a claim against previous government 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 need to be in before 5pm on Monday, 3rd August 2020.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure at Braintree District Council, said “We know that this is an extremely challenging time for businesses which is why we want to give them every opportunity to come forward and make their claim. We urge any business that believes it is eligible, but has yet to contact us, to make themselves known as soon as possible so as not to miss out. These are grants, not loans, and the money allocated will not have to be paid back.”