Coronavirus support: is your business eligible for a cash grant?1st May 2020
Sandwell Business Ambassadors are encouraging eligible businesses in Sandwell to apply for government grants of £10k or £25k to help soften the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
By the end of Thursday 30 April, Sandwell Council had paid out nearly £24m to over 2,000 businesses in the form of Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants. These grants do not need to be paid back.
But the council said that of over 5,800 businesses eligible for the grants, fewer than 3,600 have completed the necessary online form with vital information such as payment details.
If you think your Sandwell business might be eligible for a grant, visit the Sandwell Council coronavirus support page and submit the form as soon as you can. Please use only the council website and do not follow links in unsolicited emails, due to the potential for fraud.
Alan Taylor is chair of Sandwell Business Ambassadors and managing director of a Sandwell manufacturing company, MiGlass. He said some owners of small businesses may be unaware of the financial support available to them.
“This is an extremely tough time across all industries and people may be focusing on the day-to-day operations of their business, or have even more immediate concerns about their wellbeing and that of their family. But it’s important businesses are aware of the grants that could be a potential lifeline to them now, and aid their recovery in the coming weeks.”
The government’s business support finder takes you through a series of questions to see what other help may be available to your business: you can find it here.