Businesses eligible for government grants urged to apply

By Anita Jaynes on 28 April, 2020

Swindon Borough Council is reminding local businesses and organisations about the availability of government grants in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In March the Government announced that grants would be available to some small businesses and organisations. The Council has so far processed over £20m in payments to more than 1,600 local applicants and continues to work through thousands of others.

On average, it takes three working days from the application being submitted to payment being made if the applicant’s company is eligible. Businesses and organisations which have not received the money within this timeframe are urged to check their My Account timeline on the Council’s website and any emails before contacting the Council as further information may be required.

Lists of eligible businesses and organisations in Swindon which are yet to submit an application have been published on the Council’s website.

Councillor Russell Holland, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said, “Our officers are continuing to work extremely hard to get this funding out to eligible firms as quickly as possible as we know many businesses are currently facing uncertain and worrying times.

“We have already paid these grants to over 1,600 businesses and organisations but want to ensure we reach as many eligible firms as possible. We are doing all we can to make contact but, ultimately, if they do not get in touch and apply for the funding, we will not be able to pay these grants to them.

“With this in mind, I would urge any business owner who has yet to apply to check the guidance available on our website, including the list of potentially eligible businesses and organisations, and get in touch as soon as possible so we can help.”

Additional support and advice is available for businesses which may not be eligible for these grants through the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub.

Further information can be found at: www.swindon.gov.uk/covidbusiness.