Thurrock Council is acting quickly to help local businesses make sure that they take full advantage of government grants available to help them stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The following grants are available to businesses and shops in the borough:
- £10,000 for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief
- £10,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less
- £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
Businesses do not need to apply for the funding. It is vitally important, however, that the council has the correct contact and payment details to enable swift payment to businesses, many of which will be closed and cannot receive post.
Any business owner who thinks they are eligible for one of these grants should go to Thurrock Council's business rates web pages to find out more about the help on offer and update their contact and payment details via an online form.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "Many of the borough's businesses face very real uncertainty as a result of coronavirus and I know that these government grants could be a vital lifeline for them.
"That is why we are doing everything we can to help businesses during this difficult time and making sure that there are no obstacles which will hold them up from receiving their grants.
"We want to make this process run as smoothly as possible. Thurrock Council is here to help and that is why we have created a simple guide about exactly what is available to help businesses in this difficult time and a form to make sure that we have all the details we need to get these grants out to people as soon as possible.
"I urge all local businesses to visit our website and make sure that they complete the form so we can get payment to them as quickly and smoothly as possible."