Support for local businesses
Reminders have been issued to local businesses that grant funding is available to support them if they’ve been forced to close during the second national lockdown.
In the first week, nearly 900 businesses have already applied, but the fund is only open until 2 December, and businesses are being urged to get their applications in.
Businesses in North East Lincolnshire that have had to close for the period 5 November to 2 December 2020, and supply chain businesses that have been severely affected by the lockdown can apply for the funding.
Following an announcement by the Prime Minister, all non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and entertainment venues, and personal care facilities were forced to close from 5 November to 2 December 2020 as Coronavirus cases soared.
In response to this, the Government is providing eligible businesses with financial help through the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) schemes aimed at relieving the financial pressure on businesses who are unable to trade normally.
Rate-paying business in the retail, hospitality and indoor leisure sectors who have been forced to close due to these restrictions will be eligible to claim grants of up to £3,000 for the 28-day period to 2 December.
In addition, the Council is making available discretionary grants of up to £2,100 for businesses in this sector who are not in the rating system, or are supply chain businesses who have been severely affected due to their business customers being closed.
To find out more about the grant funding and to complete an application form, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Local businesses are also being encouraged to take part in the LoyaltoLocal campaign to promote local business diversification into online and click-and-collect shopping.
It is hoped that this will make it easier for businesses to survive and reopen when restrictions are lifted.
Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“This pandemic has affected all businesses and sectors in some way, and it’s important that support is made available to help our business community bounce back when restrictions are lifted”.
“The grant funding being made available really is a lifeline to many businesses in our patch that are struggling because of COVID-19 and have been forced to close”.