Wakefield Council issues over £1.5m of additional grants to help business

23/06/2020, PR-9441

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.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

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 feet.

“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 the pandemic.”

To find out more about discretionary business grants visit: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/business/business-grant-application-form