Saturday, January 22, 2022

Bradford business grant expanded to support firms that traded through pandemic

Bradford Council has expanded its Additional Restrictions Grant to include local business that traded through the government’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Up to £3,000 will be paid to qualifying Bradford district businesses that remained open throughout the pandemic but suffered losses and were unable to claim other government grants.

Eligible businesses include essential retailers not required to close during the restrictions and non-rate paying businesses with commercial premises excluded from previous grant support.

To qualify firms must be able to show at least a 30% reduction in trading income and be based in the Bradford district.

The new grant is part of a wider package of support for businesses that the council has put in place since the first lockdown in March last year.

So far, the council has delivered over £222 million in Covid-19 grants to businesses impacted by the government’s restrictions.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We have worked extremely hard to support people through the Covid-19 pandemic and our business support has been an important element of this.

“We understand this has been an incredibly difficult time for businesses and will continue to do everything we can to help local firms to survive and thrive.”

Applications close 20 December 2021.

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