ADVERTORIAL: 1,500 businesses in Birmingham could miss out on lockdown recovery grants

Businesses across Birmingham are being urged to claim for grants of £10,000 or £25,000 before the end of June (Tuesday) – as the economy moves from crisis to recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has provided Birmingham City Council with £231 million to distribute to eligible businesses as part of the crisis response to COVID-19.

The council has already paid out £188.15 million to 15,554 businesses – but estimates there about 1,500 more eligible firms that will miss out if they do not claim.

These Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants do not have to be repaid and could prove to be a vital lifeline to some independents.

It’s easy to claim – no application is necessary – just click here and fill out the form to enable council officers to process payments.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced another raft of lockdown easing measures with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers reopening on July 4 – along with museums, art galleries and cinemas.

Coun Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We have seen non-essential retail make a return to Birmingham and from July, we look forward to welcoming the safe return of pubs, restaurants and hospitality to the city.

“To help businesses as they begin to reopen, we want to ensure that everyone eligible gets a grant.

“Our teams are doing everything that they can to reach out to any outstanding businesses, but businesses must ensure they also come to us or risk missing out altogether.”

The Government announced payments of £10,000 through the Small Business Grant, and funding of either £10,000 or £25,000 through the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, depending upon the business’s rateable value.

Don’t forget, eligible businesses do not need to apply, they only need to complete the council’s online form to enable officers to obtain the relevant information to process payments.

For more information on the grant funds, or to submit business details for payment, please click here Alternatively, to contact the council directly call 0121 303 5509 or email business_rates@birmingham.gov.uk


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