Businesses across Kirklees are being asked to complete a business resilience survey to identify the support they need to recover and build resilience beyond the Covid-19 crisis. The results will help the Council business team, and other regional business support organisations, understand the impact of Covid-19 across the District and provide support where it is needed the most.
The survey will be open until Friday 26 June and a summary of the results will be published on the Council website.
To complete the business resilience survey please visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/businesssurvey. If you have any questions about the survey please get in touch with the Kirklees Business Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible small businesses in Kirklees who have been impacted by Covid-19 can now apply for up to £10,000 to help with ongoing fixed property-related costs through the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund. Applications must be made online before Monday 22 June 2020. This new Government grant fund has been launched to help many of the small businesses who didn’t qualify for financial support under the other Government Covid-19 business grant schemes.
Grants will be awarded based on submitted evidence of actual property-related costs incurred by applicants, including rent, service charges, contribution to landlord rates and other specified property costs, as well as evidence of loss of income due to Covid-19.
The government has set out clear criteria on eligibility and the fund is therefore available to the following types of businesses in Kirklees:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 month’s actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.
- Regular market traders with fixed property costs, that do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £2,500 per applicant.
- Bed and breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £3,000 per applicant.
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.
Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self-employed Income Support Scheme will also be eligible to apply for this scheme, but those who have already received support from the Small Business Grant Fund; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund; or other Government coronavirus support schemes will not be able to apply.
Applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund must be made online by Monday 22 June 2020. For further information and to apply visit our website.