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Business Secretary praises Braintree District Council for hard work getting support out to local businesses

Business Secretary praises Braintree District Council for hard work getting support out to local businesses

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy praise BDC for business support

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has applauded Braintree District Council for getting more than £24.4million in grants out to businesses in less than four weeks.

Mr Sharma said: “Small business owners up and down the country are facing challenges on a scale never seen before and the financial support package we have put in place reflects that. I am extremely pleased to see that Braintree district businesses have already received grants totalling over £24million and I thank the council for its hard work. I urge any business that believes it is eligible, but has yet to be contacted by Braintree District Council, to make themselves known to them.”

Grants of £25,000 are available to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and grants of £10,000 are available to small businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief. 

Braintree District Council announced on May 1 that it has now administered £24.4million in grants to 2,090 local businesses to help them during the coronavirus pandemic. Braintree District Council sent 2,557 application forms to eligible businesses on Friday, 27th March. Letters went to business addresses. Businesses are urged to return the forms if they haven’t already. Businesses should check what support they are entitled by visiting: www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder If they believe they are eligible but haven’t received a letter they should email [email protected] as soon as possible.

The council has also announced that it has administered business rate relief to more than 800 retail, hospitality & leisure businesses and to nurseries with a total value of £17.6million.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure at Braintree District Council, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to quickly get the money to the businesses most at need. We have had fantastic feedback from businesses telling us that the money will allow them to re-open when the pandemic allows. As well as supporting hundreds of businesses with grants we have also supported 400 businesses with additional business support such as referrals to our partners at the BEST Growth Hub who have been running diagnostic checks on businesses to identify other programmes of support for them.”

Businesses can keep in touch with the council by signing up to its business bulletin: www.braintree.gov.uk/tellmemore or by joining the council’s closed group on Facebook – just search for Braintree District Businesses.