Derbyshire Dales District Council says it is working hard and fast to deliver to local small businesses £35-million in coronavirus impact grants and rate relief announced by Government.
The authority – working with its revenues contractor arvato - has already paid out £700,000 in grants, and staff are processing more payments every day.
Letters went out only last weekend inviting eligible businesses to reply by email to email@example.com with their details to enable the council to pay the grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 they are entitled to.
Any business eligible under the Government’s Small Business Grants Fund or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund - details of these are on the District Council’s website - that hasn't received the letter should email the revenues address.
The District Council is also promoting the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, business interruption loan scheme and other measures to support the wider business community.
A spokesperson said: "In these unprecedented times for businesses, we know that many of our small businesses here in the Dales need grants and rate relief urgently - that's why we are doing everything we can to move things forward, making the first payments on 1 April.
"However we are also acutely aware that many Dales businesses facing significant short term cashflow problems and uncertainty in the long term do not currently qualify for Government support. This is either because they are in sectors not prioritised for support, such as manufacturing and engineering, or they are above the rateable value threshold due to the size of their premises.
"That's why we are in contact with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Government to feed back these concerns.
“If, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses are struggling to make their normal business rates payments then please contact us and we will do what we can to assist by reviewing instalment dates to defer payments until later in 2020/21. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The District Council's business information webpage at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness is regularly updated, and local businesses can also keep in touch with developments by signing up to a free business e-newsletter at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/businessnews
Last week the District Council removed business rates bills for local shops and leisure businesses affected by coronavirus measures.
Every business eligible under the Government’s expanded retail discount scheme is now being sent a new bill giving 100% discount for 2020/21.
The 100% discount applies to a long list of businesses, including properties mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs, cinemas, leisure, gyms, tourism, hotels and nurseries.