Nearly £1m of grants have been paid out so far to help hundreds of small businesses across Erewash as the roll out of the latest covid support continues for businesses affected by Tier restrictions over the last couple of months.
Payments have been issued by Erewash Borough Council to over 700 businesses through four government local restrictions schemes, covering the previous Tier 2, national lockdown and now Tier 3 restrictions, plus the local discretionary scheme called Additional Restrictions Grants.
This week Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, said work to get grants out to the business community will continue across the festive season and into the New Year:
“Millions of pounds of support has been paid out to businesses in our borough since the start of the pandemic in March and the work to get the money into the bank accounts of businesses as quickly as possible continues.
“All of the support has been, and continues to be, a vital lifeline for our small businesses as the fight against this deadly virus goes on.
“I again thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we deal with these unprecedented challenges and my thoughts, of course, go out to our whole business community in Erewash for what will be a festive season we could never have predicted.”
The latest payment figures mean that since the start of the pandemic in March, nearly £22m of support in total has been awarded to businesses in the borough and a further £1m in discretionary grants to small businesses not eligible for other support – with that total now increasing daily as the council pays out the latest government-funded grants.
Details of all the grants and criteria 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.