Local businesses receive millions to boost Covid bounceback

Your District Council has paid grants to more than a thousand Dales businesses to help them recover from the impact of the Omicron Coronavirus variant, after a fall in trade at the start of the year.

One-off grants of up to £6,000 were made available to businesses who were particularly affected by Omicron in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors. In total, more than £3-million was paid to businesses in the Derbyshire Dales.

Cllr Garry Purdy, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, said:
“Our aim was to provide Derbyshire Dales businesses with financial support to help recover from the Omicron restrictions. We know that local businesses have been working extremely hard to welcome people back. We made funding available to businesses in the sectors prioritised by the Government, and it’s great news that so many Dales firms were able to apply and secure funding.”
Chesterfield Borough Council, supported by the Derbyshire Dales business and finance teams, worked hard to process applications from all eligible businesses and make payments before the Government-imposed cut-off date of 31 March. By the closing date, Derbyshire Dales District Council had paid 1,027 Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants totalling £3,043,615. A total of 108 discretionary Omicron Additional Restrictions Grants were also paid out, totalling £216,431.

Since November 2020, the Derbyshire Dales council has paid more than £40-million in Covid-related support grants to local businesses, as well as managing other measures such as business rates reliefs.

Councillor Purdy added:
“Even though Coronavirus restrictions have now lifted, the District Council continues to provide businesses with advice and guidance. Our business advisors are always on hand and we would urge anyone needing assistance to get in touch if they need support.”
Information on advice and support for businesses is at www.investinderbyshiredales.org/help/business-advice-service

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