Date published: 26th May 2020
Over £50m of Small Business Grant funding has now been paid to support to businesses in North Norfolk affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, the largest allocation for small business grants in the County. This has provided much needed financial help to in excess of 4,500 businesses.
Although the recent announcements from the Prime Minister has seen some relaxation in the national response measures, a number of businesses remain closed and are unlikely to be able to re-open until the 15th of June.
Getting these funds out to support local business at this difficult time, has been a key priority for the Council in recent weeks.
NNDC Revenues Manager Sean Knight commented:
“This has been an exceptionally busy time for a number of teams across the Council as we’ve worked flat out to try and get these grants paid to thousands of eligible businesses across the district as quickly as we can. It is a real credit to the staff that these payments, the largest amount I am aware of the Council ever processing, have been processed in a little over six weeks.
Leader of the Council Sarah Bütikofer commented: “This is an incredibly difficult time for our business community; I want to thank our hard working staff at North Norfolk District Council for processing these much needed grants so swiftly.
“We strive to provide excellent customer service and I think this is a great example of how we do just that, and we are committed to continuing to support our community moving forward. For example; conducting surveys to support our recovery plan, and work is underway to design the application process for the Government’s discretionary grant.”
The success of the scheme was recognised by Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister of State for Business and Industry during a phone call on 18 May recognising the effort put in by staff and thanking them for paying out such a large sum of money to local businesses.
While the Council has managed to pay these grants to 91% of the businesses that were initially assessed as eligible there are still around 500 who have not claimed the support so would urge any businesses that did receive a letter from the Council to get in contact as soon as they can.
Following on from this scheme on 2 May the Government announced their intention to set up a discretionary fund to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.
NNDC is delighted to now confirm that after the guidance document was received from central Government staff have worked round the clock to design an application process to access this fund.
The Discretionary Grant application process is expected to open the week commencing 1 June, further details following on our website very soon..
More help and advice is available for North Norfolk businesses affected by Coronavirus.
Last updated: 26th May 2020