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Additional grant available for struggling businesses in Wealden

Businesses in Wealden that were not eligible for Covid-19 Small Business or Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants can apply for funding thanks to an additional grant.

The newly announced support is geared towards helping small businesses not eligible for other support because they do not pay business rates. Typical enterprises which can be helped are those in shared or managed offices, bed and breakfast establishments and regular market traders.

Councillor Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council said; “We were concerned that some businesses, which did not pay business rates, had been missing out on help from Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants. Along with other local authorities, we raised this with the Government. I am pleased to say they have responded with a discretionary scheme which has allowed us identify local priorities, once national priorities have been met.

He added; “We have already paid out £36.4 million to local businesses through the original Covid business support schemes.”

Bed and breakfast premises will be eligible to grants of up to £5,000, market traders grants up to £3,000 and other small business may be eligible to grants of up to £10,000, in accordance with the council’s Discretionary Grant Policy.

Other business such as those working in the food supply chain, medical services, training services and agriculture can all apply for the new grant here.

The closing date for applications for the Wealden Discretionary Grant Scheme for Businesses is 5pm on Friday 19 June.

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