Whilst some Local Authorities have struggled Maidstone Borough Council has now delivered more than 99% of the Government support provided via the £10,000 or £25,000 grants to qualifying businesses affected by the pandemic.
This means MBC has paid out a higher percentage of grant money to its local businesses than any other local authority in Kent and has been one of the fastest to carry out this essential task in England
The Council was given a total of £28 million by the Government following the introduction of support for businesses in receipt of small business rates relief and businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors affected by Covid-19. 2,227 local businesses who qualified have been helped by the non-repayable cash grant. There is still time for anyone who qualifies for these particular grants to come forward.
Any business that qualifies and still wants to make a claim should complete the form on the Maidstone Borough Council website: https://my.maidstone.gov.uk/service/Contact_Us_Business_Support
Cllr Martin Cox, Liberal Democrat Leader of Maidstone Borough Council added: "I am very proud of how hard Council staff have worked to make sure this money was awarded quickly. Many departments have been involved in processing the grants, doing work they may not have been involved before, all pulling together to help businesses through this very difficult time."
For any businesses not the meeting the outlined criteria please contact the Kent and Medway Business Support Team on 03333 602300 for further advice on available support.
A separate Discretionary Grant Scheme was open from businesses that did not meet the criteria for a Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. The scheme was open from the 18th May and closed on the 8th June.
If you would like further details, please contact the Maidstone Borough Council Communications Team: email: [email protected] or call: 01622 602560