Following the introduction of Government grants to support businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the council has now awarded 810 grants to local businesses affecgted by Covid-19.
These grants mean a total of £9.2 million has been paid to local businesses to help them survive the lockdown and associated financial pressures of this difficult time.
In fact, the council is now processing many new applications in just one hour.
The financial assistance from Government is being made available to small businesses, those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, along with children’s nurseries, who meet the eligibility criteria.
The online process went live on Monday 30 March and the council is working hard to process these applications to ensure that payments are made to businesses as soon as possible. Despite the quick processing of the application, there is some frustration as the timing of payments reaching business accounts is also reliant on banks, which currently require 3 working days to transfer the payments.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Resources, said:
“I understand that this is a worrying time for individuals and businesses owners in Knowsley. Our teams have been working tirelessly to gather the business details and process the payments to businesses to help them with the support that they need.
I would ask those businesses who haven’t received their grants yet to bear with us, as you can see from the numbers, we’re dealing with a lot of applications and they will be processed and payments made as quickly as possible.”
How to apply for a grant
Information about the financial help available from Government and the online application form is on the Knowsley Council website.
Knowsley Council’s Business Team works in partnership with Knowsley Chamber to help businesses understand the latest information available from Government, agencies and partners in relation to COVID-19.
If you need any general business advice please contact Invest Knowsley on 0151 477 4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org