Burnley Council announces coronavirus support packages for businesses

Burnley Council has detailed how eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants during the coronavirus crisis.

The council said it was working with the Government to ensure local businesses come through the pandemic in as strong a position as possible.

It had received guidance on how to deliver grants, and funds would be with them by early April.

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All businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.

Burnley Town Hall

Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

The council is currently identifying eligible businesses and will be writing to these asking for further details.

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For businesses that have been regularly paying business rates, payments will be processed more quickly and there will be no need to contact the council.

Any business that believes it is eligible for a grant should fill out the following form - https://your.burnley.gov.uk/service/Coronavirus_Government_Business_Support_GrantAlternatively, if a business owner who would like to speak to a member of staff, they can contact the Business Support Team 01282 477208 or 01282 477213.

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The council is aware that many businesses will not benefit from this and is highlighting a number of other schemes including loans and the Job Retention scheme from which they could possibly benefit – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businessesTailored advice and support can also be sought from BOOST Lancashire https://www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk/ or on 0800 488 0057.

Coun.Gordon Birtwistle, Executive member for economy and growth, said: “We know that many of you are adopting to what is a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances and the council is here to help and we are working to administer the grants as quickly as possible.

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"Amidst all of the bad news I have been in awe of the many businesses in the borough that are doing great things to support local communities, vulnerable people and to supply the NHS with vital equipment.”

If businesses are experiencing difficulties paying outstanding invoices and accounts with the council, they can contact [email protected]