Cheshire West COVID-19 Financial Support for Businesses grant launches
10 November 2020Businesses across Cheshire West and Chester having to close due to COVID-19 restrictions are now being encouraged to apply for a new financial support grant. The ‘Cheshire West COVID-19 Financial Support for Businesses’ can be applied for from today (10 November) by visiting: Let’s Talk Business website.
The Government has introduced new restrictions to tackle the latest escalation of COVID-19. These measures started on Thursday, 5 November, through to 2 December.
This means that the previous tier alert system has been suspended. The government also announced a series of grants to support businesses during the restrictions.
The Council has produced a single application form for businesses which will establish if support is available from one of the four Government grants:
Councillor Carol Gahan, Cabinet Member for Legal and Finance said: “We are acutely aware of the financial hardship many businesses find themselves in during the current time and we have developed a simple online application form, with guidance. Please use this form to apply for a grant."
Businesses that can continue to trade because they don’t depend on direct in-person trade will not be eligible, this includes professional services, manufacturing, digital and creative businesses.
Essential retail and businesses allowed to stay open won’t be eligible.
Added Councillor Gahan: “I can assure every business we will make the payments as quickly as we can, this is a huge task, it isn’t automated, but we have a team ready to help. Applications will be acknowledged, and successful businesses will also be contacted to confirm when payments have been made”