Businesses urged to register for grants

More than 1,500 businesses in Bassetlaw have registered for their share of £28.8 million of Government support grants, but Bassetlaw District Council is urging businesses that are yet to register to come forward.

In March, the Government announced that grants of £10,000 and £25,000 would be made available to eligible businesses. However, the Council believes that there are almost 1,000 businesses in Bassetlaw that have yet to register their details.

The Council is responsible for distributing the grants but cannot make automatic payments as it does not hold bank account details for all the eligible businesses. They must first complete an online form that asks businesses to provide their bank account details, along with other information which allows the Council to match up the submitted details with information it already holds through Business Rates records.

The form can be found at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/coronavirus in the ‘Help for Businesses’ section, along with additional information and guidance for businesses during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

The Council received £28.8 million of funding from the Government on 1st April and, as of Friday 17th April, had paid out more than £13.4 million to 1,150 businesses, with a further £3.6 million approved and in the process of being paid into bank accounts, totalling almost £17 million.

Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “I’m pleased that some businesses have already received their grants and more are being paid on a daily basis. But there are many more businesses that are yet to register who may not think that they are eligible and are missing out on potentially business-saving grants.

“These grants are a life-line for businesses like restaurants, bars, cafes and high street shops who have all had to close in recent weeks. But grants are also available to places such as gyms, guest houses and businesses in the professional, legal and financial sectors.

“We want to ensure that we are able to pay out every single penny and I urge businesses who have not yet registered to do so and complete the online form. This is so that we can ensure that the payment goes to the correct business and that the Council has up-to-date bank account details.

“If you have already registered your details, we are working hard to get all payments processed as quickly as possible and appreciate that this may have taken a little longer that some businesses may have anticipated.

“Due to the number of claims that we are processing on a daily basis, unfortunately we are not able to say exactly when individual payments are likely to be made and we will only contact you if there is a problem with the details you have provided us with.

The grants available to businesses include:

  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • £10,000 grant per business in the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure Sector with rateable value of 15k or less
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between 15,001 and 50,999

In order for grants to be paid, the Council is asking all businesses that qualify to complete our online form and provide us with important information so that these funds can be distributed as soon as possible.

The form can be found at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/coronavirus in the ‘Help for Businesses’ section, along with additional information and guidance for businesses during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

We will not contact you via email or telephone and ask for your back details unless there has been a problem with registration. Please be mindful of scammers. We also have security measures in place to prevent fraudulent payments.

If you have already completed our online form, please do not do this again as duplicate information may delay the payment process.


Last Updated on Thursday, June 11, 2020