Wakefield Council issues over £1.5m of additional grants to help business
Wakefield Council has so far distributed over £1.5m of
funding in a new grant scheme. The scheme has paid business grants to over 200
organisations across the district since the beginning of June.
The Council is close to distributing almost half of its
funding from Government to help local businesses to rebuild with many beginning
to reopen this week (15 June) with the easing of lockdown.
The Council’s business support team is offering advice,
help and support to guide businesses to make their applications for the
funding, which is available to those meeting certain criteria. Those that could
be eligible include small businesses in shared offices, market traders, bed and
breakfast owners, charity properties and, manufacturing business that have been
affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The support is also available to child
care provider businesses and to businesses that supply, or are reliant on the
leisure, retail or hospitality sectors.
Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and
Regeneration, Cllr Darren Byford, said: “As we start to welcome residents and
visitors back into our towns and city centre this week, with the reopening of
many businesses, it is fantastic knowing that these grants are already making
such a positive impact and are helping business owners to get back on their
“Funding is still available, however, it is limited and on
a first come first served basis. I would encourage owners to read the guidance
on the Council website and if they think they may qualify to contact our
business support team as soon as possible. They can advise businesses on the
process and what they need to do.
“It is great to see how this support is making a real
difference to individual businesses and knowing it is contributing to
continuing to support the district’s economy as we move into the next stage of
To find out more about discretionary business grants