Thousands of small businesses receive grant funding in Wigan Borough

Thousands of small businesses receive grant funding in Wigan Borough

More than £27m has been distributed in Wigan Borough to support small businesses throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Almost 2,500 businesses have benefitted from a slice of the funding with more money yet to be distributed.

Wigan Council was among one of the first local authorities to allocate the grants since the funding was released by central government on 1 April. 

The money is earmarked for small businesses who pay little or no business rates, as a result of business rates relief schemes. 

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux said: “As a local authority we are always committed to doing what we can to support our residents and businesses.

“We responded quickly and applied dedicated time, technology and resource to identify those whose details we hold on our records who would qualify for the grant.

“We have received positive feedback from the businesses we’ve engaged with on the timeliness of delivering the grants and about our proactive approach to contacting businesses directly.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our business community for their cooperation during this time.”

Almost 5,000 businesses were contacted by post and more than 2,000 businesses were emailed advising them of their eligibility and providing them with instructions on how to apply.

Now, the local authority is looking to engage with eligible businesses they may not know about or have contact information for. 

Councillor Molyneux added: “There may be some businesses in the borough who have never registered with us, therefore, we do not know about them.

“As a result, we are unable to contact them and support them to access this funding. This means there are a number of eligible businesses in the borough who are currently going to miss out on this vital funding.

“There is still money in the pot and we want to give it to those who need it in order to safeguard the future of our small businesses. We urge any business owner who has not registered for business rates to get in touch as soon as possible. Once registered you will be able to apply, and we will contact you with instructions on how to do this.”

To register for business rates please email the team.

Posted on Wednesday 15th April 2020

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