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Council speeds through grant payments for businesses

Article date - 08 April 2020

St Helens council has paid out £7M in grants to businesses in need of help so far.
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Businesses have been getting grants of up to £25,000 to help support them through the coronavirus outbreak.

St Helens Council has urgently been issuing Government grants of £10,000 or £25,000 through two schemes designed to help support businesses as they faced a period of closure due to coronavirus.

This includes bars, restaurants, small businesses and shops who have benefitted from either a Samll Business Fund Grant of £10,000 or a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant of either £10,000 or £25,000.

So far the number of businesses that have already received their payment are:

There are still a small number of grants being processed and are due to be released as soon as possible.

Councillor Martin Bond, Cabinet member for Finance, said: “Our team has worked hard to make sure that they get these payments to the businesses that qualify as quickly as they can. I can’t praise them enough for their outstanding efforts at such a difficult time. We have a fantastic and diverse range of businesses in our borough so it is important that they are offered this support which will hopefully give some protection from the difficult trading positions they are in due to coronavirus.

“Many businesses will also benefit from not having to pay business rates this year and again the team have been working hard to identify all those who will benefit from this additional help and automatically apply it to their accounts.”

To find out more about the grants or business rate relief including who it applies to visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus and click on the business and employers page for more information or email CovidBusinessGrant@sthelens.gov.uk