Businesses encouraged to apply for coronavirus help

Trafford Council is calling on eligible businesses across the borough to apply for their coronavirus support grant funding.

Businesses who haven’t applied for the funding need to ensure they register and submit their bank details to the Council.

So far Trafford has paid out over £27m to more than 2200 businesses in the borough businesses but has further funding to give to those eligible who have not yet applied.

There are two grants available – Small Business Grant and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant – to be eligible for the Small Business Grant your business must be in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or rural rate relief.

For the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Business grants, businesses operating in the sector are eligible for a grant payment of £10,000 where the rateable value of their premises is £15,000 or less and £25,000 where the rateable value is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000.

Further government guidance on the grants and eligibility criteria are available on the Government’s funding website.

If you are eligible for either of the Grants, please go to the Council’s funding application page as soon as possible.  

Cllr Tom Ross, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Investment, said:

We know that there are businesses in the borough which have not yet applied for the funding and it is very important that they do so.

When the guidance for applications was first released by the Government, it indicated that businesses did not need to do anything and that the local authority would contact each business directly.

Trafford Council has written to all businesses eligible but as many are closed, owners may not have received the letter and therefore they will not know that they have to complete an online form and submit their bank details.

We need eligible businesses to register online so we have their details, and more importantly their bank details so we can make payments quickly. Please submit your applications as soon as possible.

The Council’s Business Rates team is doing all that they can to process those applications which have already been submitted as soon as possible.”

Posted on Tuesday 21st April 2020