City of Wolverhampton Council will start sending letters and emails from tomorrow (Friday) to the thousands of city businesses eligible to receive grants from the Government's Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
The communication will provide guidance about how to go online to provide information so that the following grants can be paid:
The grant funding is expected to be with the council on April 1, 2020, at which point claims can start being paid.
Councillor Harman Banger, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said:
“Our small and medium businesses are critical to our local economy and we appreciate what a hugely challenging time this is for them.
“We are doing everything in our power to make the process of accessing these vital grants as smooth as possible and I would urge businesses to pay close to attention to the detail in the letter/email.
“We have staff on hand to support with any help and advice businesses may need in completing their online applications.”
A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England has also been announced by the Government.
Businesses who have been identified as potential recipients of the additional business rate relief measures will be excluded from the direct debit payment request for April 1, 2020.
The council’s Business Rates Team is also taking the following steps in relation to the recovery of business rates: