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Councils support businesses closed because of Covid-19 restrictions

The Hub News Team | 16.11.20

bigstock_Temporarily_closed_sign_for_Co_363462256Businesses which have been forced to close during the current Covid-19 lockdown are being offered new help by the Marches' three local authorities.

Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council have all opened applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, with millions of pounds of support available across the region.

The scheme offers financial help to businesses with a business rated property which have been required to close due to the current national lockdown restrictions. Businesses that can apply include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care (such as hairdressers and nail salons), entertainment, sports facilities and hospitality.

The grant amount is linked to the businesses rateable value, as follows:

• Rateable value of £15,000 or under - £1,334 grant

• Rateable value between £15,001 and £49,999 - £2,000 grant

• Rateable value of £51,000 or over - £3,000 grant

Herefordshire Council says it is contacting businesses it has identified as eligible for this grant via email but companies can contact them direct at localrestrictionsgrant@herefordshire.gov.uk.

More information is available at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/business-1/business-advice-support/9

Shropshire Council says it will work to process any applications to the grant scheme as soon as they come in, to ensure support is paid out as quickly as possible.

Businesses in Shropshire can get more details about the scheme and apply by visiting https://shropshire.gov.uk/covid-19-grants or email covid19businessenquiries@shropshire.gov.uk

Telford & Wrekin Council is also contacting businesses direct and says it can offer help in submitting an application.

Businesses in the borough who need support and advice in applying for these grants can contact the council's dedicated Business Support team on 01952 567589 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri, 9am - 1pm Saturdays until 2 Dec) or visit www.telford.gov.uk/coronavirus and click on "I am a Business" icon.

For more information and to apply to the scheme in Telford & Wrekin visit https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20182/business_rates/4168/additional_restrictions_grant

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