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Second phase business support grant applications being accepted by Moray Council

By Jonathan Clark

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APPLICATIONS for the second phase of business support grants are now being accepted by Moray Council.

Phase Two grants, which the council are administering on behalf of the Scottish Government, are in support of businesses occupying multiple premises.

Businesses that received an initial £10,000 grant from the Small Business Grant Fund and occupy multiple properties may now make individual applications for each other property.

If these properties meet the eligibility criteria, there will be an entitlement to a grant for each business property of up to 75 per cent of the initial grant (£7500).

In addition, for larger businesses which have received a £25,000 grant from the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and occupy multiple properties, individual applications can now be made for each of their other properties.

If the criteria is met there will be an entitlement to a grant for each property of 75 per cent of the original £25,000 grant (£18,750).

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector can also now apply to the Small Business Grant Fund for a grant for properties they occupy with rateable values of up to £18,000 and with a cumulative rateable value of up to £51,000.

Ratepayers who are in receipt of Discretionary Sports Relief are now entitled to make a claim to the Small Business Grant Fund.

Council Leader Graham Leadbitter said: "These are unprecedented times, as is the level of support we need to give businesses.

"Staff within Moray Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are processing applications to get funds out to eligible businesses as quickly as possible.

"In Moray, that has been happening really quickly and the effort being put in to get this money out the door and into business accounts is phenomenal.

"I would urge any business that may be struggling in the current circumstances to look at all the support options they are eligible for and get applications in quickly.

"Our aim is to help as many businesses survive this situation as we possibly can and get our economy in Moray on the road to recovery as and when restrictions start to ease."

All branches or business properties claimed for must be within the Moray Council area. Those outwith must be claimed from the local authority for that area.

Council staff will endeavour to process successful applications within 10 days.

Application forms and more information on eligibility criteria, including a FAQ page, are on the Moray Council’s website at http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_132568.html.

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