Business support latest
The latest support grants to help Erewash businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rolled out, with Erewash Borough Council doing all it can to approve applications as quickly as possible in what are extremely difficult times.
Since the start of the pandemic in March, nearly £21m of support has been awarded in total to businesses in the borough and a further £1m issued in discretionary grants to small businesses not eligible for other support.
The council is now working through the latest applications for grants that offer support to eligible businesses that remained open but suffered a significant financial impact when Erewash went into Tier 2 on 17 October and those that were forced to close under the recent national lockdown that ended on 2 December.
In addition, an application form has gone online on the council’s website this week giving businesses that do not pay business rates the opportunity to apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant.
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
“We know how urgent this grant support is for our business community and we do, I can assure you, understand how frustrating it must be waiting for the approval of applications. But I can promise everyone that we are working hard and we are dealing with the applications as quickly as we can.
“I would like to issue a heartfelt thank you for the patience and understanding shown. We need to make sure that each application meets the eligibility criteria set by the government or grant scheme. Once this is done, we make the grant payment without delay.”
So far, more than 100 payments have been paid in the latest grants, totalling nearly £150,000. More than 1,200 applications have been made online, with more coming in, through the council’s My Erewash account.
Up-to-date details can be found at erewash.gov.uk and businesses are advised to register for a My Erewash business account at the website where full details of the grants’ criteria and online application forms are available.