Support for businesses impacted by national COVID restrictions

Published Thursday, 12 November 2020

Coventry City Council has £4.4 million available to support businesses who have to close, or whose activity is limited, during the current 4-week lockdown. Grants between £1,334 and £3,000 are available depending on the rateable value of the business property.

The grants are targeted towards businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors and non-essential retail. Restaurants that normally operate seated service but limited to take away only are also eligible to claim a grant.

Those businesses that do not have premises liable for business rates but have been impacted by the national restrictions, may be able to access the Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) details will be announced as soon as possible.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “It’s important that we do everything we can to help businesses who are struggling financially through no fault of their own.

“We want to ensure all eligible businesses complete the application process and receive the support they so desperately need. We have staff ready and waiting to work out what help is available so please check out the details on the Council’s website.

“During the last lockdown period, officers in the Council’s business rates and business development teams did a fantastic job in processing thousands of applications, so they already have the skills and expertise to continue to do so in the coming weeks.

“We want to make sure that all eligible businesses have every opportunity to contact us. We must get this absolutely right.”

The Council is encouraging businesses to apply for this vital support. Further information and application forms can be found at https://www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirusadvicebusinesses

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