Businesses receive urgent financial support

Published Thursday 9 April 2020

More than 550 businesses in the Harborough district, which have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, have already received a share of nearly £8m in emergency support.

And more businesses are set to get funding.

Approximately 1,400 businesses in the Harborough district could be eligible for grant aid and Harborough District Council is working tirelessly to contact them to ensure they receive support at this time of international crisis.

The Government has set out a package of temporary and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19.

The Council is calling businesses in the district which may be eligible for a Business Grant.

If any businesses have not been contacted by the Council, please wait to be contacted. The Council will endeavour to be in touch as quickly as possible.Cllr phil king con

Cllr Phil King (pictured), Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “We have given out nearly £8m in the last few days to help to help protect businesses and jobs in the local area. Understandably, this period of disruption caused by the COVID19 lockdown has hit businesses hard and we are working to ensure those businesses which are eligible for funding get it as quickly as possible. We’d like to thank businesses for their continued patience.”

After receiving support, one local business contacted the Council to say: “We would like to express our huge gratitude and thanks to everyone involved in putting together the Business Grant and Business Rate Relief packages so quickly and efficiently for businesses like ours. Your support has been a real lifeline for this business and is very much welcomed in this unsettling and stressful time and we appreciate that you are all probably working longer hours to achieve this, especially as you have been able to process our application within a week. The relief that we have received has meant that we are able to pay our suppliers without fear and covers our overheads over the next month.”

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