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Small businesses benefit from Knowsley’s rapid allocation of designated business grants

by Sandra Issar

Knowsley Council has appraised all of the discretionary business grant applications received during the first call window and is on track to have appraised ALL second window applications by the end of the week – that’s within five working days of the application deadline.

The council’s rapid confirmation and allocation of successful grant applications has been praised by local businesses who may otherwise have been facing a very difficult time due to the impact of Covid-19 on their business:

You’ve been fantastic, really helping us out with this process, we would like to say a huge thank you. The grant will help pay our rent and costs for the next 2 months when we can hopefully reopen our business.”

 

“Having gone through a terrible time personally and business wise with this virus I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart. The grant will help the company continue to trade and pay our overheads. A big thank you to Knowsley Council.”

 

“This is great news, thank you very much. It will help protect the 5 jobs we currently provide.”

 

“I wanted to thank you for drawing the discretionary grant to our attention…the great news is we have found out today that our application has been successful and we have been awarded funds. This award is hugely appreciated and will go a long way to keeping us going through these difficult times. This grant would most certainly have gone unnoticed without your assistance.”

 

“I cannot tell you how grateful we are. We are so lucky to be based here in Knowsley and have the support of a council that is really doing everything for the businesses and people in the area.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:

The council has supported over 1000 businesses with advice, support and guidance throughout the lockdown period. We paid out over £609,000 in discretionary business grants to 113 businesses following the first window of applications and are delighted to be able help many more small businesses who applied during the second window of applications.

 

“We know from feedback that the grant allocations have provided a timely lifeline for some of the borough’s small businesses and eased the pressure for the next few months for others.”

Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs, not eligible for other Covid-19 grant funds, were able to apply for up to £25,000 from the first window of unspent grant funds when Knowsley Council opened a second ‘window’ for applications from Monday 6 July to  Friday 10 July 2020.

Voluntary and charity sector organisations were encouraged to apply for grant funding as were market traders and small businesses in shared offices or flexible workspaces such as units in industrial parks.

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