Chloe Shakesby

North East council launches five-figure grant scheme for businesses remaining open

A North East council has announced that it will support more businesses in the region with a new grant.

Northumberland County Council has launched the Business Resilience Grant, which will support enterprises which have remained open but are facing a significant reduction in footfall, trading restrictions or supply chain disruption.

Grants of up to £10k are available to businesses that have not already received financial support from previous schemes.

Nick Oliver, cabinet member responsible for corporate resources at Northumberland County Council, commented: “We have been acutely aware that there are many businesses which have fixed commercial property costs and have been badly impacted by the restrictions, but which haven’t been able to access the existing range of grants.

“We have looked closely at what we might be able to achieve with the finite resources we have available, and are pleased to be able to launch this new grant today.

“Even with this new grant, we know that we are still not able to support every business.

“However business owners can be assured that we are doing everything we can to provide the best support from the funding available, and we also continue to lobby for more support from government.

“To date we have paid out over £40m in support grants to businesses across Northumberland since last November and we hope that these are going some way to getting them through this most difficult of times.”

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