The UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions and while this is a positive step forward to a return to normality, it does mean that some Knowsley businesses will face restrictions for a number of weeks and months.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The last year has been very difficult for businesses across Knowsley. Restrictions have been brought in, lifted and brought in again, creating uncertainty for businesses owners and employees across the borough.
“The Government’s phased roadmap offers us a route out of lockdown but for many businesses the announcement confirms that the weeks and months ahead will still be incredibly challenging.
“Whilst the Prime Minister has said the Government will continue to support businesses and will not ‘pull the rug out’ when restrictions begin to ease businesses do not know exactly what this will actually mean for them and many employees still face uncertainty about their jobs and income.
Of course, the Council will continue to support our business community wherever we can and those impacted by the ongoing restrictions. And most importantly we will also be doing all we can to support businesses to reopen as quickly and as safely as possible so that we can get our economy and our lives back up and running. It has been a challenging year, but we are very hopeful for brighter times ahead.”
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Knowsley Council has supported 141 businesses with Discretionary Business Grants totalling £830,000, while a further 1015 businesses have been supported with £1,170,702 from the Hospitality and Leisure Grant and Taxis Grant (expansions and top up included)
Information regarding business support will be published online when available https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/business-grants-for-coronavirus
You can also contact Knowsley’s Business Team on 0151 477 4000 or email Business@knowsleygrowthhub.co.uk