Applications for Additional Restrictions Grants, offering more Bristol businesses financial support to cope with the effects of lockdown, have been opened by Bristol City Council.
The grants are being made available for businesses not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG(C)A), applications for which were opened by the authority two weeks ago and have already seen 1299 applications.
While the LRSG awards remain open – and specifically for businesses that are registered for business rates and are legally required to close due to the November lockdown – the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) process is also now accepting applications to help those businesses that did not fit those criteria.
Businesses can receive up to £1,000 for businesses with 10 or fewer employees, or up to £1,500 for businesses with 11 to 49 employees.
Those eligible for the new grants include those businesses (including those that are self-employed and sole traders) that:
- Have to close due to the lockdown, but aren’t registered for business rates;
- Are legally allowed to open during lockdown, but have chosen to close due to decreased demand; or
- Are legally allowed to open during lockdown, but have been severely financially impacted
The scheme currently applies for those who were trading on the date before the 5 November when restrictions came into force, with city businesses being encouraged to apply as soon as possible before the 27 November deadline.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We know that this year - and the period of second lockdown - has been tough for so many of Bristol’s businesses.
“We want as many as possible to receive the financial support that is available, to help them throughout lockdown and to support our city’s economic recovery and would encourage business owners to review the advice before the deadline to see if they could be eligible.’’
To apply, you must:
- have a business that is located within the West of England region
- have 49 or fewer employees
- apply to the local authority where your business is based, or if you trade from multiple locations to the local authority where you mainly trade
To find out more and apply, visit: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/business-rates/lrsg-and-arg
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “The survival and success of our businesses is vital to protecting decent well-paid jobs in the West of England and securing our recovery. This £23m we have secured from the Government will be a big boost and add to the schemes we have already launched in the region to help us get the job done.
“Advice on these new grants and other schemes is available through the West of England Growth Hub and I would encourage businesses to apply as soon as possible to help protect themselves from the impact that Covid-19 is having on their trade.”
A reminder to businesses that they can find further information for support available across our Covid and general business support webpages. We are also launching support for pre-start and small SME’s across North and East Bristol to find out more visit here