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Coronavirus: Bradford businesses receive over £92m in grants

Coronavirus: Bradford businesses receive over £92m in grants

Published by May Norman at 1:54pm 6th May 2020.

Bradford rises to 4th in national grants payment table

  • Businesses in the Bradford district have received over £92m in grants which provide financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Over 8,000 firms have applied for the cash.
  • Over £20m was paid out on the first day Bradford Council receive the government funding.

Bradford Council has risen up the national Covid 19 grants payment league table to fourth position both in terms of the total value and the number of businesses paid.

The authority has now paid over £92 million in grants to more than 8200 local businesses.

The council’s business rates staff have worked intensively doing long days through weekends and bank holidays to pay the Small Business and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants to local firms.

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In one day, Bradford Council paid out £20m

As soon as Bradford Council received the local grants allocation from the government on 1 April, it paid out £20 million on the same day.

Since then, business rates staff have worked seven days a week to make the checks demanded by government and pay the grants.

Many businesses have yet to apply for the Small Business and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants and the council is encouraging them to go online and supply their details at www.bradford.gov.uk/businessgrants.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:

“We understand how stressful the coronavirus situation is for everyone including the local businesses community.

“This is why we are doing everything we can to support local businesses and working very hard to get these grants out to local firms.

“We are making excellent progress and will continue to do everything we can to help local people who have been affected by the pandemic.”