Government launches top-up to local business grant funds scheme

On 2nd May the Government announced additional fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs.

£617m has been made available to councils in England and the fund will be distributed via Local Authorities, in Fleet this is Hart District Council. The government have asked local authorities to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates. But local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need.

The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of local authorities.

Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

There will be three levels of grant payments. The maximum will be £25,000. There will also be grants of £10,000. local authorities will have discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000. It will be for councils to adapt this approach to local circumstances.

As a BID we have asked Hart District Council to provide further guidance at the earliest opportunity and will update once further guidance is available.

Read the government announcement here.

Find a summary of support for businesses in our Coronavirus information hub here.