Last call for business grants scheme

PUBLISHED: 10:44 10 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:44 10 August 2020

East Suffolk Council's headquarters in Lowestoft. Picture: Thomas Chapman

East Suffolk Council's headquarters in Lowestoft. Picture: Thomas Chapman


A grants scheme which has seen East Suffolk Council pay out more than £2.5 million to over 200 small businesses is coming to a close.

Any qualifying business is being urged to apply before this week’s final deadline for applications.

Since its launch in May, the Discretionary Business Grant Scheme has seen £2,503,000 paid out as the council provides financial support to 227 small businesses which were ineligible for the Government’s initial round of business funding.

The council expects all the money provided by the government to be fully allocated shortly and, with this in mind, it is setting a final deadline of August 14 for any remaining applications.

Craig Rivett, East Suffolk Deputy Leader and cabinet member for economic development, said: “The scheme has been open since May and has supported well over 200 businesses.

“We are confident that the full sum provided by government will be allocated and therefore we must encourage anyone who feels they may still be eligible, but has not applied, to do so as soon as possible.”

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