£ 400,000 boost to funding COVID-19 grant for pubs, bars and restaurants in Rushcliffe


Rushcliffe-based pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses are set to receive a boost with nearly £ 400,000 in COVID-19 support grants that will further be allocated to the industry.

Eligible businesses will now be contacted directly from the end of the week by Rushcliffe Borough Council for additional discretionary restriction grant funding of up to £ 6,000 each, following grant payments previous ones.

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The authority has decided to allocate funding to the sector due to the continued disruption of the current COVID-19 restrictions that prevent outlets from operating at full capacity due to social distancing and other measures.

All of the Business Council’s support during the pandemic is available at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/businesscoronavirus

It follows news earlier this month of its finance and revenue teams being shortlisted for a national award for reaching out to local businesses quickly and efficiently during the pandemic to distribute all grant funds.

The authority will now be vying for a CCLA / Room151 impact award that has seen thousands of grants administered with speed and precision.

Rushcliffe Borough Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance and Customer Access, Cllr Gordon Moore, said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide additional funding to many companies in the hospitality industry who are working without releases as COVID-19 restrictions continue.

“We recognize that businesses need support now and our approach from the time the grants were made available by the central government was to waste no time and make the distribution of payments a priority.

“We know businesses are under great pressure and we are committed to helping them wherever we can. We encourage all business owners to consider what help is also available through our business support programs.

“Our environmental health and licensing teams continue to provide safe trade support within the restrictions. Please email [email protected] for assistance.

Business owners with questions about the COVID-19 grant should email [email protected] for more information. Those who have broken operating rules since March 2020 may not be eligible for funding.

Eligible businesses or established business groups can also apply for a COVID digital recovery grant that can further help them adapt and improve their online presence or sales.

Small and medium-sized businesses in the area’s retail, hospitality, personal care, leisure, tourism and other businesses can now access up to £ 1,000 in addition to existing central government grants in visiting https://bit.ly/3lQWfuG.

This allows businesses to build or improve a website, seek advice and help improving their social media presence, or build greater transactional capacity online.

It can also help local retail groups or merchant associations by supporting or strengthening the development of, for example, an online marketplace for their town or village.

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