Some small business owners have not yet received their Restart Grant

According to the councils, the reviews are partly behind the delay

Some business owners have not yet received their Restart Grant, even though it started in early April.

The Business Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) stated that many of its members in England have not yet received a restart grant from their local authority. One member said his community’s website had promised the grant until the end of April 2021, which has since been changed to the end of May 2021.

The one-time grants announced in the budget in March were made available to help “non-essential” businesses reopen after the lockdown ended.

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of Bira, said, “We are disappointed to hear from members that there are ongoing delays in the distribution of the Restart Grants.

“We think these should have been with store owners before stores opened, and now it’s May and there are still too many independent retailers waiting.

“All data is with the local authorities as this is not the first time grants have been sent to companies and we urge all local authorities to redouble their efforts. The stores may be open, but the owners still need the support they are owed. “

What can I do if I haven’t received my Restart Grant?

If you have not yet received your scholarship, it is best to contact your local authority. First visit the website to explain why the delay has occurred. Some councils have said that the government’s pre-payment verification will slow the process down.

Each council website is different, but some may provide an email address or phone number that they can contact to find out how your application will be drawn up.

For a list of local government websites where you can find more information or apply for a restart grant, see Where to get your Small Business Restart Grant worth up to £ 18,000.

We want to hear from you. If you have not yet received your Restart Grant, please send an email to [email protected]

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