As of today, Thursday 23 July, the seven district and borough councils across Northamptonshire have distributed over £126,912,000 to more than 11,180 businesses identified as eligible for a grant provided by the central government to ease the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant payments were administered through three schemes: the Small Business Grant Fund, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund for businesses with a rateable value of up to £15,000 or up to £51,000 and the Discretionary Fund.

In a joint statement, the leaders of the seven Northamptonshire district and borough councils said:

“We know that the coronavirus pandemic has made this a very difficult time for our businesses and we’re pleased that we have been able to support many of them get through these unprecedented times.

“We thank businesses owners for their patience and council staff across the county for their diligence and dedication in making sure local businesses get the support they need.

“The Government’s programme of economic support has helped many businesses get through the lockdown and in the aftermath of this pandemic, we need to support them more than ever before to ensure that they continue to prosper.

“We pay tribute to the massive efforts being made by businesses across the county doing everything possible to make their premises Covid-secure to keep their staff and customers safe.

“Now we are urging businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors to register for the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme facilitating discounted dining for customers every Monday to Wednesday throughout August and we encourage customers to behave responsibly and respect the social-distancing rules.

“We are all in this together and we all have our part to play in stopping the spread of the virus and supporting local businesses to recover and prosper.”

The latest snapshot of grant figures by authority can be viewed on the Government’s website at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses

 

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