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Coronavirus: Grant scheme available for Crawley’s local businesses

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Crawley Borough Council is supporting local businesses by distributing more than £12 million in grants – the first council in West Sussex to do this.

Last week, the Government announced two new schemes designed to support all local businesses significantly affected by the coronavirus shutdown.

The Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant is being administered by the council on behalf of the Government. 

Businesses will be eligible for a Small Business Grant of £10,000 if they are in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rates Relief in the business rates system.

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, businesses that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) on 11 March with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following grants per property:

  • Businesses with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Businesses with a property that has a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system and those eligible for a Small Business Grant will not be eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme.

The council is currently processing a significant number of applications for both grant schemes and a team of officers is working hard to respond to each application as quickly as possible. We understand this is a particularly difficult time for many businesses and individuals and ask for people’s understanding and patience.

Leader of the council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“With numerous industries severely affected by the pandemic, this is a very stressful and uncertain time for individuals and businesses. These grant schemes are a welcome source of funding and in line with Government guidance, the council is working hard to ensure businesses get the help they need. ”

Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID, said:

“It is so important businesses know about and take advantage of the support available. I know the Council is working as quickly as they can to get these funds to where they are needed. We also know there are businesses who can’t access these grants but who still need support. We are lobbying for and hope more will follow. Manor Royal companies can contact the BID to let us know what they need.”

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‘How is COVID-19 impacting your business?’ Crawley Council wants to know

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Tell Crawley Borough Council about the impact of coronavirus on your business.

The council, working together with Manor Royal BID, has released a new survey asking businesses to report how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

In response to the pandemic, the council is forming an Economic Recovery Taskforce alongside local businesses, community and stakeholder representatives to evaluate the true impact of the crisis on the local economy and develop a coherent Economic Recovery Plan for the town, including how the forthcoming Crawley Towns Fund programme should be spent to aid recovery.

This survey will provide the council and Manor Royal BID with “real time” information on the impact of the crisis on day to day business activity in Crawley and help the council and the BID to understand what additional support is needed for local businesses at this time.  

Businesses will be asked how staffing levels and turnover have been affected, what Government business support schemes they have used and what further support they may need.

All responses to the survey will be treated with confidence and the results will only be read by those involved in formulating a response to the COVID-19 crisis as part of Crawley’s Economic Recovery Plan.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said: “Our initial aim was to support businesses as quickly as possible, using the Government’s Small Business Rates Relief Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Now we need to look at our long term recovery plan and this includes hearing from businesses and finding out where further resources need to be directed.”

Executive Director at Manor Royal BID, Steve Sawyer, said:

“How we come through this will depend on our ability to work together for an even better Crawley. We will work enthusiastically alongside the council as part of the Crawley Taskforce, which begins with collecting meaningful data from businesses so we can design a place-specific collective response. We encourage all businesses to complete this short but important survey.”

To fill out the survey, visit crawley.gov.uk/council-information/how-council-works/consultation

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