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Further grants available to closed West Berkshire businesses

Additional grants will be available from today to local businesses who have had to close as a result of the new national restrictions.

Following its announcement that further restrictions requiring non-essential businesses to close would come into force from 5 November to 2 December, the Government confirmed that Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) would be made available to support businesses financially throughout this period.

These grants will offer up to £3,000 depending on the rateable value for businesses who have had to close due to these restrictions. West Berkshire Council will be administering the scheme and eligible local businesses will be able to apply from 6 November. Details of the application process is available on the Council's website and businesses are being encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible so that payment can be arranged.

Speaking about the announcement, Councillor Ross Mackinnon, Executive Member for Economic Development and Finance at West Berkshire Council, said:

"We know that this is a much-needed source of support for businesses which have been through such a challenging time this year - I'm very happy that we at West Berkshire Council have acted so quickly to arrange a payment system to facilitate this.

"The retail, leisure and hospitality sectors have been impacted more than most since the beginning of the pandemic so I am glad that these new grants will offer targeted support to help them through the new period of national restrictions.

"When the country went into lockdown back in March, the £29m of grants and £37.4m business rate relief we administered were a vital source of source of support for local businesses and I know that these further grants will be very welcome at such a difficult time. I would encourage any business who is eligible for the grants to apply via our website so that we can get to work on their application as soon as possible."

Details of application process can be found at: www.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-business.   

The closure grants will be issued as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks;  
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per four weeks;  
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per four weeks.