More of South Yorkshire’s businesses are now eligible for financial support to get through the COVID pandemic, with a new phase of grants targeted at some of those not previously eligible for national funding.
As part of more than £30m of discretionary grants secured by Sheffield City Region following agreement with Government when the region entered the very high (tier 3) local alert level in October, South Yorkshire’s councils will be supporting thousands more businesses.
This round of grant support targets businesses that largely rely on the hospitality, accommodation, leisure and entertainment sectors for their trade on a business-to-business basis and have therefore suffered a significant loss of trade due to COVID restrictions.
There will be a three-week grant application window to manage the process of distributing this support and businesses should check Business Doncaster or Doncaster Council’s website to confirm eligibility and apply for support. Please note: this scheme will close for applications at 5pm on 16 December 2020.
Many businesses have been severely impacted, such as travel agents impacted by international restrictions, caterers unable to service events and celebrations or those providing and maintaining gym equipment who have seen a drop in trade due to leisure centre closures.
Sheffield City Region’s Mayor, Dan Jarvis, said: “We are working incredibly hard with South Yorkshire’s council leaders to distribute the £30m secured from Government negotiations. Together we have designed a scheme that will support as many people and businesses as possible to ease the hardship they are facing as a result of the local and national restrictions.
“As COVID continues to have a catastrophic effect on businesses across the region, we are pleased the next phase will help more in the supply chain, who have previously slipped through the cracks of national schemes, making every pound count.
“We know many businesses continue to face huge challenges, despite the latest phase of local support, which is why I continue to press Ministers to invest in South Yorkshire’s economic renewal through our Renewal Action Plan, to ensure the people and businesses of South Yorkshire can recover, grow and thrive following the pandemic.”
Doncaster Council 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.”
To be eligible, businesses must provide evidence to show that they:
- Have fixed property costs, either through rateable or rental value.
- Are located in South Yorkshire and part of the region’s supply chain
- Were open and trading on 13th October
- Have experienced significant loss of trade due to COVID restrictions, with at least 50% of their trade with the hospitality, accommodation, leisure and entertainment sectors
- Have not benefitted from other local or national support grants
- Are not a national company
For further information and to apply please visit: https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/business-investment/covid-19-local-restrictions-business-support-grants