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Applications open for Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grants (Expanded Scheme)

Article date - 27 November 2020

National lockdown and local restrictions have had a significant impact on many businesses across the Liverpool City Region. Some have benefitted from national support schemes, but others haven’t met the criteria and have not received any financial support.
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To address an identified gap, applications are being invited for funding from the previously announced £40m COVID emergency fund to support the hospitality and leisure supply chain, non-essential retail, and self-employed, sole traders, licensed market traders and limited companies based at home who predominantly supply the hospitality and leisure sectors. 

The Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grants (Expanded Scheme) will be open for applications that meet the eligibility criteria from 10am on Monday 30 November and close at 5pm on Friday 11 December 2020. 

Business must be based in the Liverpool City Region (covering the local authority areas of St Helens, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral). 

Councillor Kate Groucutt, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Business, said: “I know it has been a very difficult time for everyone, not least for our businesses that have been forced to close at various stages throughout this pandemic.  

“This latest funding aims to help those businesses that have been unable to access other national support schemes. These businesses play a vital role in supporting jobs in our local communities and we need to ensure that they can once again open for business.  

“Our council teams are prioritising this scheme to ensure that approved applications can be processed quickly.”  
To find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit - www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/businesses-employers-and-jobs