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More help for businesses is on its way

For those business based in Dorset please see the following press release from Dorset County Council. For those that come under other councils please check your local websites for details:

Following the Government announcement on 1 May about a top up grant for businesses that are not eligible for other grants, the guidance to local authorities was issued on 13 May. We are now preparing a local scheme for Dorset which will be available shortly.

The guidance from Government indicates that these grants are primarily and predominantly aimed at:

  • Small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006.
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

We are aiming to publish eligibility criteria and guidance on making applications for the discretionary grant, including the evidence required in support of applications, on our website early next week.

This information will set out the criteria for which priority businesses are eligible to apply and how the application process will work.

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