In his January Newsletter, Andrew provides further commentary on Britain’s roll out of the coronavirus vaccines and reports on the grants announced by the Chancellor to support businesses and protect jobs and the Covid Winter Grants being made available to support and provide assistance to the most vulnerable. To view Andrew’s Newsletter please see here. The support grants are administered by Chichester District Council who have produced the following information: –

Business grants
We currently have a range of business grants available for district businesses that were affected by the second national lockdown in November 2020 and the recent local tier restrictions. If you own a business, you can find out if you are eligible and apply for all of the currently available grants here: Coronavirus support for businesses. We’re also reminding businesses that we are still issuing our business recovery grants: COVID-19 recovery grants.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP has also announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. Further funding is being made available for councils to support other businesses not eligible for the grants that might be affected by the restrictions. As soon as we access the finer details from Government, all updates will appear on our website at: Coronavirus support for businesses, where you can also apply for grants. We will also provide updates in future newsletters, and on our social media channels.
The Government has also announced that the furlough scheme has also been extended to April 2021 and the 100% Government backed loans have been extended until March 2021. You can find the announcement on the  Government website(Opens in a new window) .

Support for the vulnerable
We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council to support those who are most at risk. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help in these difficult times. If you have support in place, please continue to use it. You can contact the Community Hub(Opens in a new window) on 033 022 27980 or online.