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Business reopening grants available from April 2021

Issued on: 23 March 2021

Rate-paying businesses in West Berkshire will be able to access 'Restart' grants of up to £18,000, thanks to Government funding, which will be distributed by West Berkshire Council.

The grants, which are available to businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym industries which have had to close, replace the previous Local Restrictions Support Grants and will be distributed by the Council from 1 April. The grants aim to assist businesses with the costs and adaptations relating to reopening in line with the Government's Covid-19 Recovery Roadmap.

Grants will be distributed automatically, so businesses will not be required to reapply unless they have not received grant funding from the Council under previous schemes. As the grants apply to the period from 1 April, no funds will be released until after this date.

The grants will be distributed in two strands as follows:

Strand One - non-essential retail:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £6,000

Strand Two - hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £8,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £18,000

Issuing the grants is one of a number of ways in which West Berkshire Council will be assisting businesses with their economic recovery. Others include access to twice-weekly rapid testing for employees, downloadable resources for display in premises, and 1:1 advice through the Public Protection Partnership. More information is available on the council's website at: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-business

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

"After a really difficult year, it will be a relief to local businesses to be able to start planning to reopen and to welcome their customers back.

"Although local cases are falling and the vaccination programme is progressing well, the fact remains that we need to remain careful in order to stop the spread of the virus. This funding will help businesses to adapt to trading in this new environment in a safe and successful way.

"As we have been throughout the pandemic, we stand ready to help our businesses and are strongly committed to getting funds out to them as quickly as we possibly can because we know just how needed this money will be."