Covid-19: 2,500 Wiltshire businesses still haven't applied for support

Covid-19: 2,500 Wiltshire businesses still haven't applied for support

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:15am 28th April 2020.

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Wiltshire Council is encouraging local companies to apply for help to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.

So far, the authority's already given out more than £55 million of support to over 4,700 businesses, with more applications still being processed.

Two support schemes are available to companies - the £10,000 Small Business Grant, or the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Those handouts do not have to be paid back to Wiltshire Council once the Covid-19 crisis is over.

Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: 

"These grants offer a lifeline to businesses who are struggling to survive due to the coronavirus shutdown, so it is imperative eligible businesses receive the financial support that is available to them.

"Businesses may not know they are eligible, haven't been able to collect their eligibility letter from their business which is currently closed, or they simply could be under the misapprehension that the grant is a loan and has to be repaid. Whatever the reason, we are continuing to contact these businesses to encourage them to apply for the grant.

"We're also contacting around 150 additional businesses that we believe are now eligible for a grant following changes to the eligibility criteria by the government. These are mainly in the leisure and hospitality sectors and include amusement arcades, car rental sites, conference and exhibition venues and boat hire and passenger boat facilities amongst others. This means even more businesses are now receiving a vital injection of cash to keep their business going.

"I would appeal to all those we are contacting, to fill out the online form to apply for their grant, so together we can help protect Wiltshire businesses and safeguard jobs."

Wiltshire Council has redeployed a number of staff from around the authority to process the applications for the business grants.

They're working 7 days a week to put through the claims and seek further information from businesses if the forms aren't filled in correctly.

You can find out more about the grant scheme on the Wiltshire Council website.

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