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Business Grant Support - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 30th JUNE 2020

Grant 1: For retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales, a grant of £25,000 will be offered for businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

Grant 2For all other sectors the Welsh Government package also provides a £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

Please note that the multiple property restriction which applies to the SBRR Scheme also applies to this grant. Therefore, the same ratepayer may only receive the grant for a maximum of two properties in each local authority area.  

If you are currently paying your Business Rates by Direct Debit there is no requirement to fill in the online form because we already hold your bank details.

If you pay by any other method or your property has a rateable value of £12,000 or below please complete the online form and supply your bank details - click on link to access to online form. 

If you are successful, the grant will be paid directly into your bank account.

Once you’ve made your application, we ask you to be patient in not following-up by telephone as that will result in grants taking longer to process.  We will contact you if we need to clarify anything. We aim to process your payment within 10 working days. We very much appreciate the major challenges being faced by businesses, and our staff will be making every effort to get your grant paid to you as soon as possible.

£26 million to help small charities in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced that small charities within the retail, leisure and hospitality sector will receive a £10,000 business support grant to help them respond to the financial challenges of Covid-19.

This new package will support properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or below. 

This includes:
•    charity run shops
•    sports premises
•    community centres 

Economic Resilience Fund – FURTHER EXTENSION

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak the Welsh Government has announced a further extension to the Economic Resilience Fund support for businesses in Wales, in addition to the support provided by the UK Government.

For further details, click on the Economic Resilience Fund Eligibility Check link

Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme

Support: Loans between £5,000 to £250,000 (maximum loan levels apply), 12 month capital and interest repayment holiday, no arrangement or monitoring fees, 2% interest fixed for 6 years (inc. 12mth holiday)

Eligibility: Businesses who have been trading longer than 2 years and can demonstrate that they were able to service that level of debt before the outbreak.

For further details, click on the Development Bank Wales link

Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Support: Temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support SMEs with an annual turnover of up to £45m, access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years.  There are 40 accredited lenders able to offer the scheme, including all the major banks.

Eligibility: Business is UK based, with turnover of no more than £45 million per year and meets the other British Business Bank eligibility criteria

For further details, click on the CBILS link

Protection for businesses who miss rent payments

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction, the UK government has announced. These measures will mean no business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next 3 months. Please visit the GOV.UK website for further information

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis, all UK businesses are eligible.

To access the scheme businesses will need to:

designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change - changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation
submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal, this portal is not yet in place and we will publish details as soon as they are available (HMRC will set out further details on the information required)

HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers.

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

The £5 million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

For further information, click on the Prince's Trust Enterprise Relief link

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