Make sure you register your business to receive support grant

Businesses in West Lindsey are being urged to register for support to help them manage the impact of coronavirus.

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Councils have written to thousands of businesses across the area that are eligible and will be paying the grants in installments, so not all will be paid immediately.

While councils have written to eligible businesses, some businesses may not appear on the council’s database or the business owner might not be at the relevant address, so it is important to visit your council’s website and complete the form, even if you do not receive a letter or email. Businesses should provide contact details to their district council or unitary authority.

These are grants, not loans, and do not need to be paid back.

To be eligible your business must be based in England, receiving small business rate relief or rural rate relief, in an occupied property as of March 11, that is wholly or mainly being used and neither liquidated nor dissolved as of March 11.

And the leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Giles McNeill is calling all eligible business to register for support.

He said: “West Lindsey District Council is tasked with administering two grant funds on behalf of central government as part of efforts to support the wider economy as we collectively manage the impacts of Covid19.

“The Small Business Grant Fund is available to businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less and they are eligible for rate relief under the Small Business Rate Relief (full relief and tapered relief) or the Rural Rate Relief Scheme of £10,000 per eligible business.

“The Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Fund of £10,000 is available for businesses eligible whose properties has a rateable value of £15,000 or less and £25,000 is available for eligible business for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 but less than £51,000.

“Please don’t wait for a letter to arrive through your door, go on to the Councils website and complete the online declaration form now, the sooner the forms are processed the quicker our teams can do their best to get the money to you once it has been verified.”

Check if you are eligible www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/businessgrants.

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