Closed Chichester district businesses can apply for one-off payment

Businesses that have had to close due to national restrictions can apply for a grant, Chichester District Council has said.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme will allow affected companies to apply for a 'one-off grant payment'.

These grants are available for any business that has to close during the current national restrictions period from November 5 to December 2.

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A district council spokesperson said: "There are three rates of grant payments, ranging from £1,334 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or lower; £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000, but less than £51,000; and £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above.

East Street, Chichester. Photo: Steve Robards

"Pubs and restaurants that are closed, but continue to operate by offering a takeaway only service, are also eligible to apply."

Businesses are encouraged to apply for assistance at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020.

Councillor Peter Wilding, cabinet member for finance, corporate services and revenues and benefits, said: "We’ve also provided the very latest support and information for businesses on this page.

"We are also working as fast as we can to set up the government’s discretionary grant scheme. As soon as this is ready, it will appear on the same web page."

Mr Wilding said the council wants to ensure that eligible businesses 'receive the help they are entitled to as quickly as possible' after a 'tough year'.

“Businesses that were open prior to the current national coronavirus restrictions but have now been forced to close, in line with the current government restrictions, are eligible and will receive one of three rates of payment, depending on their rateable value," he said.

"I’d also like to mention that the council’s economic development team is also on hand to help throughout the period of national coronavirus restrictions and beyond, making sure that businesses are aware of all the help that is available.

"Businesses can get in touch with them by emailing [email protected] or calling 01243 534669.”

For more information about the range of support available for businesses, visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.

Businesses can also keep up to date by signing up the council’s free email newsletter, EBiz: and general email newsletter.

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