New Phone Hotline To Assist Businesses With Covid-19 Grants

Do you run a North Somerset business that has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, or know someone who does?
North Somerset Council is encouraging businesses that have been negatively affected in any way by the Covid-19 pandemic to get in touch via its new dedicated phone line (01934 888 114) or email address ([email protected]). The council will then work with those businesses to identify which grants they can claim for and help them to apply for those grants.
There are lots of different grants available and it is getting very difficult to work out what you are entitled to and what you are not. To tackle this, The North Somerset Lib Dems have worked with the Council to put some extra resources into our business grants team can help businesses to navigate the grants and identify which ones you’re eligible for.

"Since the start of the pandemic there have been lots of announcements by government about support for businesses with new grants becoming available as more restrictions are imposed," said Cllr Mark Canniford (Lib Dem), the council's executive member for business, economy and employment.

"As a result, there are lots of different grants available depending on things like the type of business, number of employees and rateable value. We can help our local businesses to navigate these grants and identify which ones they are eligible for."

So far the council has given out £46m of government grants to around 4,000 businesses across the area. However, it believes there are still many businesses in North Somerset who could be eligible for one or more of the various grants available but have not yet come forward.

"I am concerned that some businesses are missing out on the funding they are entitled to," said Cllr Canniford. "Even those businesses who have already been awarded grants may be entitled to other grants. 

"These are grants not loans so businesses will not have to pay the money back. We have been given this funding by government and want to make sure it reaches the businesses that need it. We don't want to have to return the money to the government.

"So if you run a business in North Somerset that has been affected in any way by this awful pandemic get in touch with us and we will help you claim any grants you are entitled to and then get that money to you as quickly as possible."

Businesses should contact the council's business grants team on 01934 888 114 or email [email protected].

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