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Over 10,000 local companies receive £119 million in support during pandemic

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This press release is being issued on behalf of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston district and borough councils.

District and borough councils in Leicestershire have distributed over £119 million of vital government coronavirus funding to thousands of local businesses in the county.

Since early April, officers at Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston district and borough councils have been working hard to ensure the funding reaches eligible businesses as quickly and as securely as possible.

In total, they have awarded two types of grants to more than 10,000 businesses in the county. The grants are for those directly impacted from the hospitality, leisure and retail industry, and another for those that already receive business rate discounts.

The councils have also recently just begun distributing grants under discretionary schemes so even more funding is reaching local businesses.

On behalf of all the councils, Cllr Jonathan Morgan, leader of Charnwood Borough Council, said: “All the districts and boroughs have worked hard to distribute vital funding during these difficult times.

“These grants have bought much needed time for businesses who have faced increasing pressures and the real possibility of having to close their doors for good. The feedback from the business community has been positive, with many touching comments left with the distributing teams.

“However, all the councils are aware that local economies cannot simply bounce back without support. We are all fully committed to continuing to work with businesses, partners, communities and each other to ensure we offer the support needed to get us all through this crisis.”

For more information on the grants and additional support available businesses should visit their local council’s website.