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Last chance for small business cash

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There are just a few days left for small businesses to see if they are eligible for cash grants as part of a pot worth more than £1million.

The second, and potentially final wave of grants from the discretionary grant fund are available, with sums of £2,000, £5,000 or £10,000 based on the type and size of the business. Last month Dudley Council shared £1.1million with small businesses to help tackle the impact of coronavirus.

It follows £54million already handed out to businesses under the separate small business grant fund and retail hospitality and leisure grant fund.

The discretionary grant fund supports businesses that have suffered a significant fall in income as a result of coronavirus and have relatively high on-going fixed property costs, with the round two eligibility criteria widened to support more businesses.

Councillor Steve Clark, cabinet member for finance, said:

I would urge businesses to get in touch to see if they could be eligible for this money. For many this will be a vital lifeline during what are unprecedented times. We are doing everything we can to help.

Criteria for the discretionary grants is based on guidance provided by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Businesses will have to fill out an online form before eligibility is checked and then funding is allocated.

Small businesses are defined as having a turnover of no more than £10.2million, with a balance sheet total of no more than £5.1million and employing no more than 50 people.

Micro businesses have a turnover of no more than £632,000, with a balance sheet total of no more than £316,000 and employing no more than 10 people.

More than £54million in grants has already been handed out to 4,600 businesses including those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. On top of that £47million has been wiped from Business Rates bills in retail, hospitality, leisure and nurseries as an extra layer of financial support.

The second round of applications will be open until August 2.

Businesses can apply here

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