More than £42.6m has been paid to 3866 businesses across Kirklees
More than £42.6m has now been paid to 3866 businesses in Kirklees who have applied for a Government coronavirus business grant.
This represents approximately 50% of applications received to date and the Council team continues to process all claims as swiftly as possible. Eligible businesses still to apply are encouraged to do so as soon as possible at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.
Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Business, said:
“We have received over 7900 applications for grant support which represents around 85 per cent of those businesses who are eligible.
“We’re working around the clock to process these so we can pay the money out as soon as possible. We know businesses are relying on this money and I’d like to re-assure them that we are treating this as an absolute priority.
“At the same time, this is Government funding and it is inevitable that some checks and balances are required to ensure it is being spent only on those businesses that are eligible. We are keeping these to a minimum.
“If you haven’t yet applied, please do so via the online form on the Council website as soon as possible so that we can help you.”
Who is eligible for a grant?
All businesses in Kirklees with a rateable value of less than £15,000 and who are already in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief, Rural Rate Relief or tapered relief are eligible for a £10,000 Small Business Grant.
In addition, businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000, are eligible for a £25,000 grant under the Government’s Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme to help mitigate the loss of trade or other impacts of the COVID-19. To find out more visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.