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Stevenage Borough Council’s has already given out £1.6Million to businesses of the national Restart Grant scheme to help companies liable for business rates across the district during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new one-off ‘Restart Grants’, which replace the Local Restrictions Support Grants, were announced by the Chancellor in the budget, and the amount paid out will vary according to the type of business and the rateable value of the premises.

Grants worth up to £18,000 for the largest businesses will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.

Non-essential retail businesses will get up to £6,000 per premises through the Restart Grant scheme to help them reopen.

Su Tarran, Head of Revenues & Benefits, for Stevenage Borough Council said : “We have emailed all the businesses which received LRSG grants previously with a link to a short application form to collect additional data required by the Government. If a business has not received an LRSG grant previously please visit our website for the full application form. If your business is eligible then please apply and we will process payments as quickly as possible.

“But we would also encourage people in Stevenage to spread the word and share the details of the scheme with those businesses they are aware of that might be eligible for support”

Businesses who think they are eligible should look on the Council’s website if they think they are eligible for the Restart Grant.

If you have not applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) for the period 5 January 2021 onwards you need to do so by the 31 May 2021..

“We would also encourage people in Stevenage to spread the word and share the details of the scheme with those businesses they are aware of that might be eligible for support.”

For more information, visit the Restart Grant page.

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