COUNCIL chiefs have paid out more than £6million in grants to businesses across the Wychavon area to support them through the coronavirus outbreak.
Wychavon District Council has urged eligible businesses affected by the pandemic to register online so grants can be paid quickly.
Grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 have been sent to more than 500 eligible businesses in the district such as barbers, restaurants and engineering companies.
The council began payments on April 3 and is advising businesses which have successfully registered to check their bank accounts regularly but to allow a few days for the money to come through.
Businesses in receipt of small business rate relief should be eligible for the £10,000 grant. The larger grant is for businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, which have a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000.
Esther Weetman from Fladbury Flowers in Pershore said: “I am so relieved the grant is on the way – as a new partnership business, we don’t meet the criteria for support for the self employed, so the grant will go a long way to keeping us afloat. Our landlord has been very understanding too, and I’m really grateful for his support. With everyone playing their part, we will all get through this”.
Coun Bradley Thomas, leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “We are urging businesses to register online so they can be paid quickly. We estimate that 1,000 businesses in the district are yet to register.
“Our local businesses are vital to our community and we want to ensure they receive financial support so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible and continue trading.”
Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus to register now.