Chelmsford City Council

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Grants of up to £25,000 now available for many Chelmsford businesses

Businesses which are eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 during the coronavirus crisis can now apply to Chelmsford City Council.  

The Council has received £31 million in funding from the Government to support local businesses in the form of both Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants and Small Business Grants. 

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, with a rateable value under £51,000, can apply for a cash grant of £10,000 or £25,000, depending on the size of their business. Small businesses that pay little or no business rates under Small Business Rate Relief could benefit from £10,000 to help meet their ongoing costs. 

Eligible businesses can apply online to the Council and firms that fit the criteria will also be sent a paper copy of the application form. It’s thought around 2,500 local businesses could benefit, and the Council will process their applications as a high priority. 

Cllr Martin Bracken, the Cabinet Deputy for Economy and Small Business says Chelmsford City Council will do all it can to help: “We’ll be processing these applications as soon as possible, and we’ve already suspended business rate direct debits for businesses that benefit from the 12-month business rates holiday announced by the Government. We’ll do whatever we can to provide advice and guidance during this crisis so that our business community can bounce back. If you need help, please get in touch with the Economic Development team via the City Council website.”

Last week the Leader and Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council wrote a letter to local businesses to offer the Council’s support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The very latest information and guidance for businesses and employers can be found on the Council’s website: https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-guidance-for-businesses-and-employers/ 

You can find further details of which businesses are eligible for grants and other assistance. 

Friday 3 April 2020

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