Thousands of businesses and self-employed traders across South Yorkshire are set to share in additional grants from the region’s local authorities to support them through the COVID pandemic.
Sheffield City Region’s Mayoral Combined Authority, comprised of Mayor Dan Jarvis, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the leaders of Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham councils, is in the process of distributing more than £30m of discretionary grants to support those businesses and self-employed traders forced to close or adversely affected due to local and national restrictions, such as leisure, hospitality and accommodation businesses.
When South Yorkshire entered the very high (tier 3) local alert level in October, the Mayoral Combined Authority reached an agreement with Government for extra financial support for those businesses forced to close or adversely impacted by the measures, in addition to £11m for local authorities to invest in localised public health measures such as test and trace.
With national restrictions now in force, this support grant still stands and will be distributed in one-off discretionary payments to eligible businesses and self-employed traders. They are being encouraged to contact their local authority to check if they are eligible for support.
Commenting on the grants, Doncaster Chamber CEO Dan Fell said, “I would like to congratulate our regional partners on securing this money for the City Region and on prioritising the businesses that, so far, have fallen through the cracks for government support.
“I call on our partners to get that support to the businesses that need as quickly as they possibly can and know they will respond positively to that challenge. I would also urge all businesses to check to see what they are eligible for and to take up the resource that is available to them; if any business is in doubt about what they can access I would urge them to contact the Chamber or our partners at Business Doncaster and the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub.”
Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “COVID has caused significant turbulence for workers and businesses, so securing extra financial support when South Yorkshire entered tier 3 in October was of the utmost importance. Local authority leaders and I worked around the clock to secure as much support as possible from Government."
Mayor Ros Jones said: “As South Yorkshire Leaders, we have developed a scheme which makes every pound count, so it supports as many workers and employers across the region as possible. I’m pleased that this funding is now available, and I would strongly encourage any businesses or self-employed traders to check if they are eligible and apply.
“This package will help our businesses through these difficult times as we look to respond and recover from the pandemic as quickly as possible. I continue to press Government to support Doncaster, our residents and our businesses as we live with COVID restrictions, and to invest in long-term economic renewal at the Spending Review, by backing our Renewal Action Plan.”
Local Enterprise Partnership Chair, James Muir, said: “This crisis has highlighted the integral role businesses play in our communities and the livelihoods of the people living here. I’m pleased we’re able to support them with additional grant funding and urge South Yorkshire businesses struggling in these times to contact their local authority, and if they are eligible, to apply for support.”
For more information and to apply please visit https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/business-investment/covid-19-local-restrictions-business-support-grants