MORE than 1,811 business properties in Warrington have already received grants as part of the Government’s Small Business Grants Scheme to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
In total, Warrington Borough Council has been provided with £36,552,000, by the government which could help as many as 2,986 businesses in the local area.
Warrington South MP Andy Carter has welcomed the government funding while business secretary Alok Sharma has praised local authorities for working “flat out” to ensue vital funds get to hard-pressed small business owners.
Mr Carter said: “Being a small business owner before entering politics I know that this will be a very challenging time for many, especially for the smaller firms that are at the heart of our local community in Warrington South.
“It’s hugely reassuring to know that the support announced by the Government has already reached 1,811 businesses in Warrington, and is helping to protect businesses and people’s livelihoods.
“The Government is determined to ensure that people get the support they need to do the right thing – to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives – without having to worry about losing their jobs or not being able to pay their bills.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma added:“I am very grateful to local authorities who have been working flat out to ensure these vital funds get to hard-pressed small business owners. Government is doing everything we can to support individual councils and help ensure that these grants reach local firms as soon as possible. I urge everyone to keep working at pace to get the money where it is needed quickly.”
In recognition of the extraordinary pressures facing small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, the Government launched the Small Business Grants Scheme, backed by £12.3 billion. The funding is provided to local authorities, who are then able to offer grants of up to £10,000 to small businesses, and up to £25,000 for eligible leisure, retail and hospitality businesses. Since the scheme’s launch in March, £6.1 billion has already been paid out to 491,725 business properties across England, including 1,811 in Warrington.
The Government is providing a huge and unprecedented package of support to help small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, including:
· Helping to pay people’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including for more than a million people who are employed by the 140,000 businesses which applied for the scheme in the first day alone.
· Introducing the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to provide loans of up to £5 million, interest free for 12 months, to small businesses.
· Taking all retail, leisure and hospitality businesses out of business rates altogether for the next year.
· Helping small and medium-sized businesses with the cost of paying Statutory Sick Pay for employees off because of Covid-19.