Thursday, April 22, 2021

Restart grants open to Leeds businesses transitioning out of lockdown

One-off restart grants are now available from Leeds City Council to help eligible businesses with the cost of opening up after coronavirus restrictions are eased.

Non-essential retail businesses that have had to close during the current national lockdown could receive as much as £6,000 worth of support, while affected businesses in the personal care, gym and sports, leisure, accommodation and hospitality sectors could be given up to £18,000.

The roadmap plan set out by the Government last month means that, as things stand, non-essential retail businesses will be able to reopen on April 12.

Restart grant applicants should be based in Leeds, registered to pay business rates and in a position where they have been unable to provide the usual face-to-face customer service from their premises as a result of the national lockdown that came into force in early January.

The restart initiative is just one part of a wide-ranging programme of support that has seen the council distributing around £235 million to local businesses since the crisis began.

The programme also includes a scheme primarily aimed at people with businesses that have not received other pandemic-related support grants.

Potential recipients include self-employed people, home-based businesses, businesses with commercial property costs of less than £4,000 per year and smaller supply chain businesses.

Driving instructors, taxi and private hire drivers, hairdressers, childminders and travel agents are among those who could benefit.

Applications to this reopened scheme can be until 5pm on April 13. Successful applicants will get up to £1,000 to help them meet fixed business and property costs such as service charges and public liability insurance.

Councillor Mary Harland, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy and culture, said: “Businesses in Leeds have had to cope with unprecedented challenges over the last year due to the restrictions required to control the spread of coronavirus.

“These new restart grants and the reopening of the low fixed costs scheme will hopefully help provide some of the support they need to get through the crisis.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for assistance to make contact with us as soon as possible.”

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