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Additional Restrictions Grant extension

March 23, 2021 1:18 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough
Cllr Michael HeadleyBedford Borough Council is extending its business support grant scheme to support more local businesses.

This will provide support to businesses which do not operate from a business premises but which have fixed business costs and have experienced a significant reduction in income due to Coronavirus restrictions.

To provide support as quickly as possible to as many businesses as possible, a one-off grant payment of £500 or £1,000 (depending on the size of the business) will be made.

These grants will be made as part of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which is a fixed amount of funding from the Government and is intended to provide support to businesses right up until April 2022. £2million of the ARG will be put towards these grants.

These grants are not intended to replace income that has been lost due to restrictions or provide income to the business owner. The Government has put in place other forms of support to assist business owners whose personal income has been affected by restrictions. Rather, the payment is to assist with fixed business costs.
You can submit an application at https://www.bedford.gov.uk/social-care-health-and-community/public-health/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-advice/business-support-grants/
Councillor Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance said "We are pleased that we can now extend this support to a wider range of small businesses such as mobile hairdressers, self-employed trades people, driving instructors and taxi drivers. Having a clearer idea about the Government's roadmap out of lockdown has enabled us to extend the support we can give from our limited government funding to help more businesses to meet unavoidable fixed costs. Throughout Coronavirus restrictions we have worked hard to provide as many local businesses with support as quickly and fairly as we can, and we will continue to do so."