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Council makes grant funding available to support local businesses

News release 9685, published on 08 Apr 2020
<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> Grant funding to support businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak is now available from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
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<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> Grants of £10,000 are available for businesses with a rateable value of up to £15,000 that are eligible for small business rates relief. Grants of £25,000 are available for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
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<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> To access the funding, businesses will need to provide further details to confirm their eligibility for a grant, as well as their payment details.
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<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> The council is directly contacting eligible businesses by post or email, depending on how their business rates bill is usually sent, inviting them to provide the necessary information through an online form on the council’s website.
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<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> Following the completion of the online form, grants will usually be paid to eligible businesses within two to three working days.
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<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Leader Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “I am pleased that we have already started to pay the grants announced by the government, helping to provide some financial support for businesses across our borough during this unprecedented pandemic.
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<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> “We are aiming to pay the grants to all eligible businesses as soon as possible and so we will be directly contacting businesses we believe could be eligible for a grant to gather further information.”
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<p style="margin:0px;text-align:justify;"> For more information on grants and support for businesses and to access the online form, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/COVID-19-business-support-and-grants
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