Since the applications opened for the government’s Business Support Grant Funding schemes, over ten million pounds worth of grant aid has been paid out to retail, hospitality, leisure and small businesses across the district.
The Business Support Grant Funds are part of the government’s package of support to help businesses during the COVID outbreak. Through the funding schemes, businesses in receipt of small business rate relief, rural rate relief and expanded retail discount can claim £10,000 or £25,000, determined by their rateable value, in grant funding to support them during the lockdown period.
Since the scheme opened, over 1,100 grant forms have been submitted by businesses in the district and a dedicated team at Selby District Council is working hard to administer the grants.
“There is understandably concern about the potential impact of Covid-19 on businesses and it is a worrying time for everyone at the moment,” said Cllr Mark Crane, Selby District Council’s Leader.
“We fully appreciate the difference that the business support grants can make at this difficult time and the team are working incredibly hard to process the grants as quickly as possible. So far, we’ve been able to distribute over £10.3 million to businesses across the district and that figure will keep rising. For those businesses still waiting for their grant to come through, the team are working very hard to get the money to you.”
Over 1,500 businesses in the Selby District were identified as being eligible for the Business Support Grants and were each sent a letter asking them to provide confirmation of payment details. Around 1,180 of those businesses have provided their information so far, using the form on the District Council website.
Businesses that are yet to provide details are urged to visit the website as soon as possible and to complete the form, which can be found online at: www.selby.gov.uk/covid-19-business-grants.
Updated: 16th April 2020