The first nine grants, totalling just over £29,000, have been paid as part of the Liverpool City Region Hospitality and Leisure emergency fund.
The emergency fund of up to £40 million was launched last month in a bid to support Liverpool City Region’s vital hospitality and leisure businesses who had been affected by the impact COVID-19 and Tier 3 lockdown restrictions that were in force prior to the national restrictions announced on 5 November 2020.
The fund aims to enable viable businesses to continue trading and retain as many jobs as possible; support temporarily closed businesses to top up employees’ wages and remain solvent; and to help lay the ground for economic recovery across the hospitality and leisure sector in the future.
The applications received in Knowsley are being processed with the first payments made this week.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:
“I know that the last eight months have been exceptionally challenging for local businesses, particularly those in the leisure and hospitality sector that have been forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions.
I understand that this is a worrying time for individuals and businesses and it’s essential that we do everything that we can to support businesses in Knowsley.
Our teams are appraising the grant applications and processing the payments to businesses as quickly as possible to help them meet some of their ongoing operational costs”.
Further payments will be made over the coming days and weeks as further grant applications are reviewed.