Restrictions Business Fund – Phase 3
Following Welsh Government’s announcement of further restrictions effective from 20 December 2020, the Restrictions Business Fund is being enhanced to provide ongoing support to businesses to help them survive the economic consequences of the latest measures.
The Council provided 201 grant awards totalling £717,000 before the Christmas break to support hospitality businesses impacted by the restrictions.
The next phases of the latest grant scheme are now open.
This week, non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of up to £51,000 that have been ‘forced to close’ from 20 December and were awarded the recent firebreak lockdown grant in October/November will receive an automatic grant payment of up to £5,000.
Online applications are now also open for non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 to £150,000 who were ineligible for the ‘Firebreak Lockdown Grant’. This means that larger non-essential retail businesses will receive £5,000 in emergency grant support for the first time under the NDR linked schemes.
Tourism and leisure businesses together with supply chain businesses to tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value under £150,000 will also be eligible for this latest round of support of up to £5,000 if they can demonstrate a 40%+ reduction in turnover during the restriction period.
Councillor Ian Roberts, Leader of the Council, said:
“We acknowledge the difficult time many businesses are currently experiencing, especially those in sectors who are directly impacted by the latest restrictions.
“I am pleased to announce that to supplement the automatic payments we made to support hospitality businesses before Christmas, the scheme is now being extended to provide financial assistance to not only non-essential retail, but also tourism and leisure, and also supply chain businesses to hospitality, leisure and tourism.
“We will make payments to eligible businesses as quickly as possible including making automatic payments to non-essential retail businesses during week commencing 4 January.”
Further information on all schemes and application forms are available at flintshire.gov.uk/businessrates.