National lockdown and local restrictions have had a significant impact on many businesses across the Liverpool City Region. Some have benefitted from national support schemes but others haven’t met the criteria and have not received any financial support.
To address an identified gap, applications are being invited for funding from the previously announced £40m COVID emergency fund to support the hospitality and leisure supply chain, non-essential retail and self-employed, sole traders, licensed market traders and limited companies based at home who predominantly supply the hospitality and leisure sectors.
The Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grants (Expanded Scheme) will be open for applications that meet the eligibility criteria from 10am on Monday, 30 November and will close at 5pm on Friday, 11 December 2020.
Business must be based in the Liverpool City Region (covering the local authority areas of Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Halton.)
Councillor Janette Williamson, Leader of Wirral Council, said:
“Since the onset of the pandemic in March, it has been a challenging time for our communities and our local economy. As such, we want to make the most of every opportunity available to us to support our businesses so they may remain viable during lockdown and can continue to operate as restrictions are lifted.
“This latest grant funding will help those businesses which have struggled to secure support so far. We recognise the vital part they play in contributing to our local economy so we would urge them to apply for the grant. This grant window is only open for a short time so all eligible businesses in Wirral should gather their supporting information and submit a claim as soon as possible from Monday onwards.”
To find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit your local authority website.