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Support for our local small businesses

April 18, 2020 11:55 AM

Crucial council and government support available for our local businesses

This is a very difficult time for all of us individually and also for businesses and so it is important to highlight the government financial support that is available to them.

This includes Small Business Grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 which are being paid out by Lichfield District Council. The Small Business Grant of £10,000 is available to businesses receiving Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief and the larger grant of £25,000 is available for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000.

More details are at the website below.

https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/supportingbusiness

NB if you are a business interested in making a claim for these grants you can do that even if you are continuing to trade. Also the advice from Lichfield District Council is that when you complete the forms you should complete these as fully as possible and the information you provide (eg the bank account number for your business) should ideally match the information that you have previously given to the council. That will make the processing and payment of any grant to you as easy and quick as possible.

Paul Ray as a councillor on Lichfield District Council has been contacting the businesses in his Chadsmead ward to see how he can assist. Paul says:

"Local businesses are really important to our area and if I can assist in anyway with the applications for council funding or understanding the detail of the schemes and any other support that the government has made available to business please do contact me. I am here to help."

Paul's contact details are paulray@lichfieldlibdems.org.uk / 07771 856931 and good summary ofthe government's support for business is set out in the table in the link below to the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce website.

https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/media/883629/covid-19-support-for-businesses-qa-2.pdf?q=%23KeepBusinessMoving&src=typed_query

Paul Ray

Chadsmead Ward Councillor (Lib Dem)

Lichfield District Council

07771 856931