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Half of eligible businesses claim Coronavirus business support grants

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More than 1,400 Charnwood businesses have already shared £18.8 million of government funding as part of a support package to help local firms.

Charnwood Borough Council has distributed 1,484 government business grants to local companies who are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since launching its online registration form (Wednesday, April 1), the authority has been contacted by thousands of businesses across the borough and is calling for more to step forward and claim.

The Council estimates 2,700 Charnwood businesses are eligible for the grants worth a combined total of £32million.

Cllr Tom Barkley, deputy leader of the council and lead member for finance, said: “During these difficult times we’re committed to supporting Charnwood businesses where we can.

“Already we have helped 1,484 businesses through the government’s Coronavirus business support grants, but know there are more eligible local organisations who need this funding.

“We wish this funding was available for everyone but are following national guidance on who can receive it, but I would like to reassure businesses that we are doing all we can to help those that are struggling.”

Grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 are available to businesses that already get rate relief or are in sectors most affected by the national lockdown – such as shops, restaurants, gyms, beauticians and estate agents.

To claim the grant payment, businesses need to fill in an online registration form on the Council website. It does not take long to complete and will help ensure that payments only go to those businesses that are eligible and in most need.

Businesses are encouraged to visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/cvbusiness to ensure they’re eligible before applying or to email business.rates@charnwood.gov.uk for further information. Alternatively, call 01509 634831.

Additional support and advice for business is also available at www.businesssupport.gov.uk.