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.
If you are a business that is required to close, you are eligible for the following:
properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month or £667 per two weeks
properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month or £1,000 per two weeks
properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month or £1,500 per two weeks
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.
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:
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.
However, the takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.
Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.
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.
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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