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Lockdown grants top £1 million

South Norfolk and Broadland Council have each given out more than £1 million of grants to support local businesses in their districts.

Businesses forced to close due to the national lockdown have been encouraged by the Councils to apply for Local Restrictions Support Grants of up to £3,000. Staff at the Councils have been working flat out to get the grants to those in need as quickly as possible, with over 1500 businesses having benefited across the two districts.

Cabinet Member for South Norfolk Council Lisa Neal said: “Many businesses have been hit hard during this pandemic and we are doing all we can to support them and help ensure they are in a position to bounce back when this is all over.

Cabinet Member for Broadland District Council Jo Copplestone said: “There is still money available, so if you think your business is eligible, please apply now.”

Louise Ball has been running, Hair 4U in Loddon for over 14 years and has three staff who are currently being furloughed, she said:

“I never thought anything like this could happen. It’s been tough for all of us, we miss our regular customers and all the social interaction at the salon.

“Without this grant we really would have really struggled, it was a much-needed lifeline.”

Richard Kidd whose family have run the Thailand Restaurant in Thorpe St Andrew for 34 years, said: “This grant has been life or death for us, without this money we just wouldn’t have been able to survive.”

“We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to reopen soon and are looking forward to welcoming our customers back.”

Local Restrictions Support Grants are still available to businesses that have been required to close by law, during the lockdown, and where their premises are registered for business rates. If you have yet to apply, and have a business in Broadland or South Norfolk, do so today.

More funding will also be available via the Additional Restrictions Grant to provide further support to businesses over the coming weeks and months. This funding will support some of those businesses impacted by the national restrictions that won’t qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, due to not being rated or not legally required to close.

For more information, please visit our coronavirus business support page