More than £5m of grant payments have now been rolled out over the last three months to small and micro businesses across Erewash.
The government-funded grants have been approved by Erewash Borough Council and issued to the hundreds of eligible businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The £5m of payments have been made to help those hit by the Tier restrictions imposed on Erewash since October and also cover the national lockdown restrictions, the Christmas Support Payments and discretionary grants made to micro businesses in the borough that did not meet previous grant conditions.
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
“It has been almost a year now and it has undoubtedly been one of the toughest and most challenging times that our business community has ever faced. We have worked hard to do all we can to support our small businesses and issued grant payments as quickly as possible.
“I know there have been frustrations at times, but we do appreciate the understanding and patience of everyone as we all adapt to the challenges. We will continue to keep everyone up-to-date and to offer help and support at all times.”
Since the start of the pandemic last March, millions of pounds of support has gone out to help small businesses in the borough – nearly £27m in total.
Details of all the covid grants can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk and businesses are advised to register for a My Erewash business account at the website where full details of the grants’ criteria and online application forms are available.