Businesses urged to apply for grants now to support them during the Coronavirus pandemic

Published Friday, 24th April 2020

Over £78 million has been paid out to over 7,000 businesses affected by the Coronavirus in Worcestershire.

The funding has come from the Business Rates Cash Grant, available to help support companies during the lockdown.

The grant is being run by local district councils, who are working with businesses to ensure they get access to funds they need.

To check your businesses eligibility and to apply for this grant, please register through your local district council and visit their business rates website pages.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure said: “I would urge businesses to contact Worcestershire Business Central to make sure they are receiving all the support they are entitled to right now, to keep the county’s businesses up and running.

“I’m pleased that the current nationwide furlough scheme has been extended, to allow businesses to support their staff financially during these testing times.

“It has been fantastic to see the county’s businesses get involved and help as much as they can, in lots of different areas.”

Sharon Smith, Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce said: “The news that over £70 million has been paid out to Worcestershire businesses is extremely promising and will provide businesses with the support they so desperately need in order to navigate and overcome the financial impact being felt as a result of the lockdown.

I thank all of the local authorities for their hard work in supporting Worcestershire businesses and hope even more can be supported.”

Further support and funding has been made available from Central Government for businesses across the county, to apply for.

The county’s growth hub, Worcestershire Business Central, is your first port of call if you need general support and guidance, or specific advice on the following:

  • information on accessing Government-funded support, including grants and rate relief
  • information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme
  • support for businesses through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

To contact Worcestershire Business Central, please call 01905 677 888 or email info@business-central.co.uk. Alternatively, please visit the Business Central website.

This also comes at a time when the extension to the governments furlough scheme has been extended.