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Business grants information - on behalf of all District Councils

More than £110 million in Government grants has been issued to more than 10,000 businesses in Cumbria, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Councils are urging businesses who are eligible but haven’t yet registered for a grant to come forward and claim their entitlement.

A total of £110,920,000 in Government grants has been handed to 10,062 businesses eligible for either the small business grant fund, or the retail, leisure and hospitality grant fund, dependant on rateable value.

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses are also eligible for 100 per cent business rate relief, for a period of 12 months, irrespective of rateable value.

Small and rural businesses can register for cash grants of £10,000 and some are eligible for 100 per cent rate relief. Small business awards are dependent on the rateable value being less than £15,000.

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with rateable values up to £15,000 can also register for a £10,000 cash grant. Businesses in the same sector with rateable values between £15,001 and £50,999 can register for a cash grant of £25,000.

If businesses do not currently pay businesses rates, because they receive 100 per cent relief from business rates under the small business rate relief scheme, or rural relief scheme, they may still be eligible for the small business grant fund.

Cumbrian district and city councils have been working tirelessly to issue grants to eligible business. To find out more about registering for a Government grant through your local council go to its website.

Jo Lappin, Chair of the Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group (BERRG) and Chief Executive of Cumbria LEP, said:

“The Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group welcomes the progress that has been made to pay the Small Business and retail, leisure and Hospitality grants to businesses. The performance of our Local Authorities in making payments across Cumbria stands at 55.9% compared with 49% nationally as at 20 April.

"We recognise that this grant money, which does not have to be repaid, is hugely important to our smaller businesses and those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector that can no longer trade and as such we would strongly encourage all of our businesses to apply for this. If anybody is unsure as to whether they can claim one of these grants they can contact their local council to check their eligibility. All eligible businesses are entitled to the money and should come forward as soon as possible to claim this.”

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