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COVID19: Top-up to local business grant funds scheme – local authority discretionary fund

Announced 1 May 2020: If you were outside of the scope of the Covid19 Business Grant funds scheme then the extra funding announced yesterday “could” be good news for you and your business. A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.

Up to £617 million is being made available to local authorities in England.This is on top of the £12.33 billion funding previously announced for the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF) – an additional 5% uplift), totalling up to £617 million in funding. Exact amounts for each local authority will be announced shortly.

Will my business be eligible for the discretionary fund?

If you are a small business with ongoing fixed property-related costs you may be eligible. The government is asking local authorities to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates.

Local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need. The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of local authorities.

Has your income been hit due to Coronavirus restrictions measures? The top up to local business grant funds scheme might be available to you

Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

Three levels of grant payments available

There will be three levels of grant payments. The maximum will be £25,000. There will also be grants of £10,000. local authorities will have discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000. It will be for councils to adapt this approach to local circumstances.

Further guidance for local authorities will be set out shortly. HB Accountants will bring you updates as soon as we know more.

Top up to the Local Business Grant Scheme from Gov.UK

HB Accountants are accountants for business. For financial and accounting guidance and support, please contact Keith or Karen. We’re still working hard to help you make the right decisions.

We are here for you during this difficult time. Our business contingency plan is in place and we will do everything we can to support our clients during this uncertain period, please do not hesitate to contact us here if you have any concerns or queries.

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