Ribble Valley businesses receive £14.2m. coronavirus grant lifeline

Businesses in the Ribble Valley affected by the coronavirus outbreak have received a £14.2million boost.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 8:14 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 8:15 am

Ribble Valley Borough Council has paid business support grants of £10,000 or £25,000 to 78% of the borough’s eligible small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector.

And the council is 24th out of 314 local authorities in the UK for the speed and efficiency of payments, according to Government figures.

Council staff are working flat out to process the grants and ensure recipients receive the support they need quickly.

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RVBC leader Coun. Stephen Atkinson

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader, Stephen Atkinson, said: “Our staff are working hard to process grants under the Government's Covid-19 business support schemes. We have already paid £14.2million in grants to around 78 per cent of local businesses that meet the Government's eligibility criteria. This is a tremendous achievement, given that we are dealing with large sums of money per grant and need to carry out checks to ensure we are paying the correct businesses.”

Detailed information on support for businesses, advice on managing your business during the outbreak, your responsibilities as an employer and sector-specific guidance on social distancing, is available at gov.uk.Information on the business support grants is available at ribblevalley.gov.uk. Please complete and return grant forms to Ribble Valley Borough Council as soon as possible.

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