Spelthorne Council are launching a consultation with businesses in order to hear what you believe is needed to help with the recovery of the local economy.
The Council knows it has been a difficult year for our local businesses and, over the last 12 months, we have allocated over £50m in various grants and business rates reliefs from the government to businesses situated in the Borough. This includes business rates holidays as well as grants through the Local Restriction Support Grant which have been mandatorily based around rateable value of premises.
There has been the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which is targeted at predominantly non-business rates payers, including the self-employed, sole traders and small businesses; this is more commonly known as the discretionary grant.
In May, further financial help will be made available to help businesses into recovery by providing support in several ways.
The funding provided by government is available to support businesses until 31 March 2022, so the Council is mindful that there needs to be funding available to support businesses in the event of another lockdown or another serious threat to the economy. To plan for this, there will be a contingency fund that will be held until winter 2021 that will be available to support businesses hardest hit.
We want to ensure the right support is in place and we are considering a range of options and businesses, of all sizes, are welcome to respond to the attached questionnaire, which can be viewed here: To help inform the decision by the council on how to best use of the £1m Discretionary Grant, please respond to the questionnaire in this link HERE