Blackpool Council has paid out £26m so far in support grants to
more than 2,300 local businesses.
The payments have been made to businesses eligible for assistance as part of the Small Business Grants
Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).
have been made via faster bank payments to eligible businesses across
Blackpool. Remaining businesses that have completed a form on the
council’s website and are eligible, can expect to receive the grant during
the next few days.
central Government scheme, created and funded by the Department for Business,
Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is issuing payments
of one-off grants to assist businesses affected by the coronavirus
Council received just over £59m from the Government to support eligible
businesses, of which there are approximately 4500 in the
the Small Business Grants Fund, a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses
eligible for small business rate relief is available. Businesses that receive
relief for being in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are eligible
for a payment of either £10,000 or £25,000, based on their rateable value.
Council’s Leader, Cllr Simon Blackburn, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able
to begin making payments and providing support to business owners in need.
the funding package was announced, the council’s business support teams have
been working incredibly hard to assist business owners in both understanding
and getting access to the support they require during this difficult time.
would like to assure business owners that we are working as fast as we can to pay
the grants into bank accounts quickly whilst at the same time checking for
potentially fraudulent applications.
“We cannot unfortunately acknowledge receipt of applications but,
once authorised, the grant will normally be paid within two to three
would urge eligible ratepayers to visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow the link in the business support section to
submit their bank details which, once checked in accordance with Government
guidelines, will allow payment straight into their account.”
Blackpool Council has set up a dedicated helpdesk to support local
businesses during this time. The helpdesk is manned by business support experts
working closely with colleagues in the business rates department.
Regular updates on Government support for businesses during the pandemic
are available at www.blackpoolunlimited.com/c19business-support