A support scheme for the payment of £10,000 or £25,000 grants to eligible local businesses went live this morning – Thursday 9 April 2020.

The Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund were announced by the Chancellor in response to the acute challenges being faced by businesses at this time.

The council website –  – has a dedicated portal where SMEs can register. 

When the required information is uploaded, an automated system validates the details and payments to the businesses will soon follow.

The launch was delayed as a result of the government making several changes to the guidance for implementing the scheme, meaning the process for payments had to be reconfigured each time that happened.

Council officers worked around the clock to get the right system in place and are sending letters and emails to businesses to encourage them to register on the council website. 

For more information on business support during the coronavirus crisis please visit

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