THERE is still time for businesses in the Frodsham-Helsby area to benefit from the Restart Grants scheme.
That’s the message from Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), which is urging everyone to make sure they have claimed what they are entitled to.
Under the scheme, local businesses could be entitled to thousands of pounds worth of government grant funding to help them get back up and running following lockdown.
The grants are for businesses that were forced to close during national lockdown and those that remained open. It is a one-off payment being distributed by the Council.
There are two types of grant available. Strand One is for non-essential businesses which could receive a grant of up to £6,000 based on their rateable value.
Strand Two is for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gyms or sport, who could receive a grant of up to £18,000 based on their rateable value.
For those businesses that do not have a rateable value but fall into the business sectors in Strand 1 and Strand 2, support is available and businesses can apply under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme. Further details are available on the council’s website.
Since last October, CWAC has made more than 22,0000 grant payments totalling over £40 million.
All previous schemes were closed on March 31. The new Restart Grant was announced in the Chancellor’s Budget and payments started after Easter. There is still time to apply for the Restart grant even if your business has re-opened.
A new application must be made, even if a business has received previous grants.
Cllr Carol Gahan (pictured), CWAC’s cabinet Member for Finance said: “Paying the grants as quickly as we can has been a priority since the start of the pandemic.
“I’m very proud to say Cheshire West and Chester Council has consistently been one of the fastest authorities in the country for making the payments, we have also concentrated on making the process as simple as possible for businesses.
“To make the application process as quick as possible please make sure all sections of the form are completed and only one application is made, this will avoid additional questions and having to identify duplicate applications.”
As the Government’s next stage of recovery approaches and further restrictions are removed, the borough is seeing the lowest levels of Covid-19 infections since levels were reported.
Added Cllr Gahan: “Our business community has faced incredible pressures during the past year. It’s essential we keep infections low through still being careful and having regular tests.
“Our borough has made great strides in reducing the number of Covid infections and this continues to be our top priority. The re-opening of our borough must be done cautiously and safely, and the Restart Grant Scheme will help local businesses to do that.”
You can find out more about the support available for businesses and apply for a Business Support Grant at: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news-and-views/incidents/coronavirus-covid-19/business-information/businesses-and-employees.aspx