COVID-19: Salisbury businesses urged to check if eligible for grants

COVID-19: Salisbury businesses urged to check if eligible for grants

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:13am 15th April 2020. (Updated at 10:14am 15th April 2020)

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The Government has made two cash grants available to support businesses but there are concerns some local companies could be missing out.

The grants are being administered by Wiltshire Council and are linked to business rates. 

The two cash grants available are:

  • £10,000 grants for the smallest businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief
  • £25,000 grants for the small retail, hospitality and leisure sector businesses (with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000)

Whilst businesses who are eligible for the grants should receive a letter, Salisbury BID say it's possible that Local Authorities are not going to pick up every business who is eligible so are urging businesses to check.

The BID is also stressing it's a grant not a loan so it doesn't need to be paid back.

Dean Speer, Director of Salisbury BID and Partner of Myddelton & Major, said: 

"We’re urging all businesses to double check the eligibility criteria for these grants, as there may be some businesses who are eligible for the funding but haven’t received a letter because their property might not fit the description of 'shop, hospitality or leisure'
 
"To those businesses who occupy multiple premises, we’d also like to remind you that you may be eligible for more than one grant, so ensure you consider this and complete the claim form for each address."

"This is a grant from the government, not a loan, so there isn’t a requirement for it to be paid back, and therefore our plea to businesses is to check the eligibility criteria carefully and make a claim for the grant if your business qualifies."

Tips to help you claim your grant are available on the BID website: salisburybid.co.uk

You can apply for the cash grant here.

HOW MANY BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN HELPED SO FAR?

Wiltshire Council have a team working over the Easter weekend to continue processing the grant applications and making payments.

Over 5,600 claim forms have now been received and Wiltshire Council have paid out £39m so far.

However over 8,500 businesses are eligible to apply for the grant which means 3,000 Wiltshire businesses haven’t yet submitted their application.

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