Tuesday 14 April 2020

Brent pays local businesses more than £12m in COVID-19 grants - apply now if you haven't done so yet

From Brent Council

Local business have received more £12million from Brent Council in grant payments aimed at supporting them through the COVID-19 crisis.

Since opening for applications two weeks ago, Brent Council has in the past fortnight paid out a total of £12.3million to 875 businesses through the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grant scheme.

Through the Small Business Grant Scheme, a one-off grant of £10,000 is available to businesses currently eligible for small business rate relief, rural rate relief or tapered relief to help them meet ongoing business costs, whereas the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grant provides a payment of either £10,000 or £25,000 to eligible businesses to help meet ongoing costs.

Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for business said:
I’m glad that so many have come forward to access this support which could be a lifeline for many businesses and for people’s jobs in the borough.

These are unprecedented times and we want to ensure that each and every business that’s eligible for this support receives the help they are entitled to as quickly as possible.
As 875 businesses will be able tell you, all we need is a few details to get the payment made.

The sooner we receive these details the sooner we can get the grants paid, so get your forms in and help us spread the word.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

This a Government scheme administered via Brent Council but should be fully covered by Central Government. It applies to charities and community groups which occupy and operate premises which which have a rateable value and on which business rates are charged (even though the Charity received both mandatory and discretionary relief bringing their liability to £0). The scheme was a bit rushed and there is an anomaly which impacts businesses and charities which operate from Listed Buildings as listed buildings are exempt there is no rateable value and no business rates bill. The grant seems to be available for each property so a business or charity claim for each as long as they are undertaking a qualifying activity.