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National Lockdown Business Grant Scheme

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Information Regarding 2 Business Grant Schemes

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme

The government are making funding available to all Local Authorities to cover businesses that might be affected by the lockdown from Thursday 5th November.

In order to reduce social contact these measures are essential. However we know that businesses are the lifeblood of the communities we live in and we will do all we can to help them stay afloat during these extraordinarily difficult times.

Maidstone Borough Council understands this new grant scheme will include those that may not be in the business rates system.

We are still awaiting the final details of this new scheme and will publish these on our website once we have them.

Cllr Paul Harper, Chairman of the Economic Regeneration Committee at Maidstone Borough Council

Update 19 Nov 2020 : Information here on latest release of Grants for more areas

If you are a business that is required to close, you are eligible for the following:

The businesses that are required to close are:

All non-essential retail

Including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities

Such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.

Personal care facilities

Such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Entertainment venues

Such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens.

Information regarding other businesses that do not fall under the above categories:

If you have a business that has ceased trading due to the new national restrictions from 5 November 2020, you can apply for a local restrictions support grant too.

Businesses will remain eligible for the grant where they are registered for business rates but are not required to make a payment due to the award of business rates relief.

Click and collect and take away services are allowed where the substantive business activity was previously through visiting members of the public and that has now closed.

Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme

Businesses that were trading immediately before the recent lockdown restrictions and have therefore been required to close or have experienced a significant reduction in income can apply for a new scheme.

Maidstone Borough Council has launched a business grant called Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme.

We have been given almost £3.4m from central government for these grants and have acted quickly to make sure businesses can benefit as soon as possible. This grant is only open for 19 days so we ask anyone who would like to apply to complete an application form on our website by 2 December.

The Council’s approach is to carefully phase the use of this finite resource. The scheme has been designed with the intention for approximately 80% to be spent during the period to spring 2021, reflecting what the council believes to be the likely period of greatest impact for the business community. The balance of funding will be held as a contingency for support needs from spring 2021 and to fund wider business support activities.

Stephen McGinnes, Mid Kent Services Director at Maidstone Borough Council

The following eligibility criteria apply:

Businesses must be operating in the sector that has been legally required to close (non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure); occupy a commercial workspace within the borough and be unable to claim financial support through the LRSG as they are not the business ratepayer for the premises which they occupy.

Businesses must receive their primary source of income (over 50%) through the supply of goods or services to the sector (non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure), are not legally required to close but have experienced a significant loss in income during the period 5th November to 2nd December.

Due to the limited funds available, there will be a fixed period for applications.

Applications for the first round of funding, covering the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020 must be received no later than 2nd December 2020.

Payments will be made week commencing 7th December 2020.

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Wondering how you are going to Bounce Back after the 2nd December?

Rap Interiors have been helping businesses ensure their workplaces are covid-secure since the first lockdown.

We have been providing businesses with different services specific to the nature of their business and staff.

This has included protective screens, home office furniture, DSE Assessments to name a few which on a larger scope involves a workplace strategy we have been putting into place for many.

Fill out the form below or give one of the team a call on 0333 600 1234 to discuss how we can help you bounce back the second time around.

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