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New grants scheme opens for businesses

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A helping hand grants scheme has opened for businesses who have not been forced to close but have been severely affected by recent restrictions.

It covers hospitality, leisure, hotel, bed and breakfast, and nursery businesses impacted by Local Covid-19 Alert Level ‘High' (LCAL 2) and Local Covid-19 Alert Level ‘Very High' (LCAL 3) restrictions.

Cllr Chris Hobson, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Finance and Governance, said: "We would urge all businesses to look closely at the eligibility criteria and make an application.

"We really appreciate the efforts businesses in Middlesbrough have made to make themselves Covid safe and the sacrifices made during periods of lockdown or additional restrictions.

"We want to see all of our brilliant businesses survive and then thrive once we are through this. Hopefully these grants will provide necessary assistance."

Eligibility

Businesses in the sectors listed above, which were established and trading on the day prior to the introduction of the LCAL restrictions, and which have property and high fixed costs are eligible.

Eligible businesses which have already claimed the lockdown (closed) grant can also submit a claim to this scheme.

Businesses which are in administration, are insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible to claim through this scheme.

Grant values

Grants will be based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the business property

  • properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under - grant of £934 
  • properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 - grant of £1,400
  • properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above - grant of £2,100 

Where a Rateable Value (RV) does not apply, grants will be awarded based on the annual rental value:

  • businesses with an annual rental value of £15,000 or under -  grant of £467
  • businesses with an annual rental value of £15,001 to £50,999 - grant of £700
  • businesses with an annual rental value of £51,000 and above - grant £1,050

Grants will be paid for every 28-day fixed period that the criteria is met (maximum grants per period will apply).

Apply

As part of your claim, you'll need to submit relevant evidence showing that your business was open and trading, but severely impacted by the restrictions. Please take care to fully answer all of the questions on the online form, and give accurate contact details and bank information. These grants are subject to state aid and count as taxable income.

If you've read the guidance and believe you're eligible for this grant, we invite you to submit a claim.

Claims can be submitted on the coronavirus business support page.

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