Support and grants available for businesses across the district

31/03/2020, PR-9363

​Wakefield Council is doing it all can to ensure local businesses get the vital support they need as the district pulls together during these challenging times.

As part of plans to take some of the burden off businesses, the Council has set up a special business grant application form so that they can receive Government grants in light of the coronavirus outbreak – speeding up the process to access much needed funding.

The Government recently announced business grants for small businesses and cash grants for those in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries. These will be essential to help support business during the coronavirus epidemic and now all eligible businesses need to do is fill in the form and the Council can provide them with the funds early next month.

Although there are expected to be a high volume of applications, the Council will be working hard to ensure all eligible businesses receive this payment as soon as possible.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We recognise our local businesses are facing a challenging and uncertain time as we all consider the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

"We are extremely proud of our local economy and value all the businesses that make Wakefield the unique, vibrant place it is.

"Our teams have already been working extremely hard to contact local businesses to find out what pressures they are currently facing or are expecting to face and signposting them to support, grants and additional funding.

"I encourage all local businesses to fill in the form if you are eligible and please get in touch with us for any further help and support."

Businesses that pay little or no business rates are eligible for a one-off grant of £10,000 if:

  • Their business is based in England
  • They are a small business and already receive Small Business Rate Relief and/or Rural Rate Relief
  • They are a business that occupies property

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are eligible for a grant of up to £25,000 per property. 

Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.

Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Businesses are eligible for this grant if:

  • Their business is based in England
  • Their business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector
  • Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:
  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

The form is available at https://forms.wakefield.gov.uk/Forms/BusinessGrant/BusinessGrantForm.aspx

For further help and support, please visit the Council's dedicated webpage for businesses at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-%E2%80%93-help-for-businesses which has a range of FAQs to refer to including help with cash-flow problems, tax liabilities, account managers they can talk to and advice on managing staff during these difficult times or please contact info@wakefieldfirst.com

The Step-Up service is also still offering a telephone service for residents. Step-Up can provide advice for anyone in the district whether self-employed, furloughed or unemployed to find work, improve their skills or make a career change. To contact the team call 01924 303334.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery