Council launches new £3.4 million grant scheme for small businesses

Kevin Quinn (13 June, 2020)

If you failed or did not apply to get a grant here is another chance for your business

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Businesses and market traders that have failed to get support during the lockdown or have yet to apply for help from the council now have a chance to apply for a new grant.

The council has launched a new support scheme for local small businesses and market traders that did not qualify for the Government’s Small Business Grant, the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant, or were unsuccessful in applying for the Southwark Business Hardship Fund in April.

The new £3.4 million fund will be allocated on a rolling basis until the fund is exhausted.

Demand for grants is expected to be high so businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For more details and to apply: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/discretionarygrantsfund

This comes as a number of shops and businesses will be opening this Monday (June 15).

They will have to meet the government’s Covid-19 social distancing guidelines to protect their workers and the public. In addition, customers are asked to be vigilant, stay away from others and wear a face covering if in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Businesses that offer personal services, such as hairdressers and nail bars, will remain closed, in line with current government guidelines, until 4 July.

This also applies to the hospitality industry, meaning that pubs, cafes and restaurants are still restricted to takeaway or delivery services only.

Businesses can find further guidance on reopening safely, and posters to help manage social distancing, on our website.

The Southwark News has also been offering a free digital adverts to all businesses in south London during the coronavirus crisis and will continue to do so.

Owners Chris Mullany and Kevin Quinn taken before lockdown

 

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