We have been informed by Leeds Council that they will again be providing businesses with National Lockdown Grants as per the support they provided in the first lockdown.
These grants are still being developed so we would urge you to please:
- save the link below and check back regularly for updates
- read the information in the link to understand if your business may qualify, and
- click on the button to ‘Express Your Interest in the Business Support Grant’, to enable Leeds Council to contact you direct.
National Lockdown Grant
Eligibility for this grant is based on your business’s rateable value, as follows:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks
- For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks
- For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per four weeks
The above will be paid in one payment.
An application form has been developed and payments will be made through the Business Rates Dept. Information will appear on LCC’s Covid-19 Business pages next week: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/business
Local Authority Tier 2 Impact Support
Local Authorities will also receive an amount to support businesses for the impact of Tier 2 restrictions and we will have more detail shortly.
LCC also have a discretionary fund that they are working through and will launch this as soon as possible.
Takeaway and Click & Collect Business Eligibility
There is nothing in writing yet but indications are that where a pub, restaurant or café introduces a takeaway service they will still be eligible for a grant but businesses whose income was primarily derived from takeaways prior to the national restrictions will not. Clear definitions of this distinction which will be published by Leeds Council in a Q & A which should be available later this week.
Pass This Information onto Your Business Neighbours
We are relying on you to talk to your business neighbours and pass this important information onto them, as unfortunately we do not have an email address for every single business in Otley.
If you know someone who is a BID Levy Payer and who is not receiving these emails, please ask them to get in touch with me and I will add them to our database – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you can appreciate, this information is changing and being updated all the time, so the more business owners we have on our mailing list, the quicker we can update everyone in the town with updates on local and national financial support and guidance.
We are here to help, so if you have any questions please email me on email@example.com and I will do my best to answer them.
Many thanks and please stay safe!
Otley Business Improvement District Champion