Update from Richmondshire District Council on Business Aid

Businesses receiving cash to help with coronavirus outbreak

Businesses across Richmondshire have benefitted from more than £13.2 million to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost 1400 of the district’s businesses have received cash from the government’s scheme which is providing small business grants due to the crisis.

But district council officers say there are still another 500 companies that haven’t applied for the aid – around 30% of the total number of businesses registered with the authority.

“Some businesses may think they do not qualify but we urge them to get in touch with us. This aid is there for all size of operations, from larger hotels and garages to small bed and breakfasts, hairdressers and cafes,” said Chief Executive, Tony Clark.

“There is no complicated application form to complete – all we need to do is check records match with our business rate database and we can turn the grant around very quickly.”

The online grants service for small business rate relief, rural rate relief and retail, hospitality and leisure grants was launched on March 27 and has now received 1353 requests.

To submit a form organisations will require their business rates accounts information:

  • Businesses and community organisations entitled to Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief as at 11 March 2020 are able to receive a grant of £10,000
  • Businesses and community organisations in receipt of a retail discount under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant with a rateable value of less than £51,000 are able to receive a grant of up to £10,000, and for those businesses or community organisations with a rateable value of greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 a grant of £25,000

To apply for any of the above grants please complete the RDC online business grant COVID-19 application form.

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