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Pendle businesses urged to apply for grant

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2020

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Local businesses which have not yet applied for a grant to support them during the coronavirus crisis are urged not to miss out.

Pendle Council has already paid out more than £19.5m cash grants which don’t need to be paid back to 1,800 businesses.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “Grants of £10,000 and £25,000 are available and we want all businesses which are eligible to apply.

“It’s vital that Pendle businesses get the financial support they’re entitled to.

“It will make all the difference in helping our local economy to recover more quickly after lockdown and it will protect local jobs.”

There are two types of government grants for businesses which Pendle Council is responsible for paying to those which meet the criteria.  They are: 

  • Small Business Grants of £10,000 for businesses which qualified for Small Business Rate Relief on 11 March 2020
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants of £10,000 for qualifying businesses whose property has a rateable value of no more than £15,000
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants of £25,000. Qualifying businesses with a rateable value of more than £15,000 but less than £51,000 can get a grant of £25,000 per property.

Councillor Iqbal added: “Many businesses which are eligible for a grant are small or medium sized which don’t usually pay business rates.

“This means we may only have a postal address for them, rather than an email address or other contact details.

“We’re continuing to reach out to these businesses by phone, email, letter, social media, local business forums and through the local media.

“If you think your business is eligible for a grant and haven’t applied yet, make sure you do it now so that you don’t miss out on this vital cash boost.”

Businesses can find more information about what support is available on Pendle Council’s website -