Coronavirus: UK councils issue grants to eligible retailers

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The councils in Sunderland, Devon and Cornwall, have this week started making grant payments
// Councils in Sunderland, Devon & Cornwall begin making grant payments to eligible business
// The grants are in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic

UK councils in Sunderland, Devon and Cornwall have started issuing grant payments to eligible retailers and high street during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after the UK government announced business support such as grants to cover wages, business rates holidays and cash grants.


Sunderland City Council has made cash grants to businesses amounting to the value of £3.3 million.

The £10,000 and £25,000 cash grants to businesses announced by the government for Sunderland companies are being administered by Sunderland City Council’s Business Rates team.

Meanwhile, an estimated 10,000 businesses across Cornwall have received a sum of £116 million in grant funding to help cope with the impact.

Within the last week, 3500 businesses have applied to Cornwall council for a business support grant.

Meanwhile, Torridge District Council in Devonshire has processed more than £17 million in grants for businesses affected by the pandemic.

Last week, BDO found that UK high street retailers suffered their worst month on record in March as they were hammered by the Covid-19 lockdown.

The BDO High Street Sales Tracker saw total like-for-like sales dive 17.9 per cent for the month as shoppers stayed indoors.

In-store sales plunged 34.1 per cent after non-essential stores were ordered by the Prime Minister to shut their doors in the face of the pandemic.

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  1. Whilst here in the BPC council area ( Bournemouth Poole Christchurch) retailers including myself have been advised to “do nothing” and wait for a council postal notification, yet as of 7th April no applications have been sent out or received although all council concessionares are still expected to keep up to date with their rent payments on councils land.

  2. For BCP council you need to fill in the on-line form… It’s on-line now. They also posted them but not everyone is receiving daily post mine was delayed a few days.


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