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Restart grants given to Warwick businesses ahead of re-opening

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There’s some welcome news for businesses across Warwick district, as the latest round of Government grants are now available for application. This comes ahead of the next step in the Government’s roadmap, which will see non-essential retail and businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors reopen on 12 April 2021.

As this is a new scheme with new eligibility criteria, the Council urges all businesses to check the eligibility criteria and submit an application as soon as possible. Payments will be made from 6 April 2021.

These latest ‘restart grants’, which are one-off payments ranging from £2,667 up to £18,000 depending on the type of business and their rateable value, aim to support businesses as they reopen following the latest lockdown, which began in January 2021.

Councillor Richard Hales, the Portfolio Holder for Business and Finance, said: “We know how difficult this past year has been for businesses, as our Finance & Business teams have been busy paying out over £53m in grants since last April. 

“We’re progressing through the roadmap, and the next significant step – Step 2 on 12 April 2021 – will see businesses across the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors reopen and welcome back their customers.”

Also, an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) opens at midday Friday, 9 April. This discretionary ARG Part F scheme is exclusive to taxi drivers and private hire firms only.

As part of the ongoing work to issue grants to eligible businesses as swiftly as possible, the teams have also completed rigorous checks to ensure that the grant funding is going to the right companies under the proper schemes.

Full details, including the application form for the restart grant, can be found at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/restartgrants. 

More details, including eligibility criteria and application process, will be posted at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/arggrants

Businesses rated and legally mandated to close from 16 February – 31 March 2021 still have up to 31 May 2021 to apply for a closed payment if they have not done so already. They can retrospectively apply at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/closedgrants

 

Written by: David Watkins

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