COVID-19 support for businesses

We have helped support thousands of West Suffolk businesses with advice and grants during the pandemic and initial recovery phase. To date we have paid out close to £70m in grants including both the national Government schemes and our own local grant schemes, developed using our Additional Restrictions Grant allocation to provide help to those businesses who would otherwise not qualify for support. All of the Government and council grant schemes are now closed to new applications.

We are, however, aware that the Government delay to the final lifting of social distancing restrictions has had an impact on the trade and opening of some businesses such as indoor leisure businesses, those who run events and their supply chains.

The Government is not giving councils additional funding for grants to businesses, and we will be using the remainder of our ARG allocation to make one-off automated top-up grants to businesses who have applied in previous grant rounds and who we have identified as severely impacted by this delay in the Government’s roadmap.

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