Shops, pubs, restaurants and other small businesses are being urged not to miss out on financial grants to help them through the Covid-19 crisis.
Lib Dem councillor Mandy McNeil, St Albans district council’s portfolio holder for business, culture and tourism, advises the 1,500 qualifying businesses to access a new online portal set up by the council to ensure they receive payment.
Financial grants worth up to £25,000 are being distributed by the council throughout the area. An application is unnecessary as it can identify qualifying businesses – but to make the payments it may need information not currently held.
Eligible businesses are urged to access the online portal to make sure the council has the necessary details at: stalbans.force.com/guest/s/coronavirus-grant.
Fighting for survival
“We are anxious to ensure we can pass this money on to every business in our district that qualifies,” said Mandy McNeil.
“Pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes are the heart of our community and are being hit very hard by the Covid-19 crisis. Many of them along with other small businesses are fighting for survival and the government grants which have been announced could keep some afloat.
“We’ve set up this online portal to ensure we get all the information we need and that no one misses out, so I would urge our local businesses to make use of it without delay.”
Eligible for a grant
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 could be entitled to £25,000.
Those with a rateable value of up to £15,000 could be eligible for a grant of £10,000.
Other small businesses from any industry that currently qualify for small business rate relief or rural rate relief are also in line for a £10,000 grant.
None of this money needs to be paid back to the Government.
SACDC portal – Corona Virus Small Business Grant: