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Business grant helps cut worry for Broadland hairdresser

A hairdresser and nail salon in Sprowston has successfully applied for a business grant from Broadland District Council to help get through the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis.

Julie Johnson, who runs Hazell’s Hair and Nail salon in Sprowston had to close her business when lockdown measures were introduced in March. She was left without any customers, ongoing running costs and a bank loan which she had taken out to convert her garage into the salon.

She contacted Broadland District Council’s Business Support Team and was advised to apply for a grant so she could pay her bills and be sure the business would survive the downturn. The Council is able to distribute grants to eligible businesses from funding provided by the Government.

Mrs Johnson said: “It was such a worry. I have worked since I was 15 years old and now, not only could I not earn any money, but I was having to pay back the loan and other bills without any idea of how I was going to manage.

“The Business Support Team were so kind, so calm and so helpful. It was like a breath of fresh air. They talked me through everything I needed to do and it was quick and easy to apply for the grant. I love my job and have been taking lots of online courses to keep me relevant for when the restrictions are lifted. Working with the Council’s Business Team has been a really positive experience for me.”

Cabinet member for Economic Development, Councillor Jo Copplestone said Broadland District Council has already given £26m from the Govt as financial assistance to eligible local businesses and it is leading the way to help them survive the current crisis.
Cllr Copplestone said: “Being able to offer support through grants will give businesses a helping hand to get through these difficult times. Local businesses are a vital part of our economy and their survival is a priority for us.

“Our Business Support Team is doing a fantastic job. This is a grant and not a loan. It is aimed at keeping businesses afloat. We want to make sure no-one who is eligible misses out on getting the help they need so Broadland can be back to doing business once the crisis is over.”