Eligible high street businesses or established business groups can still be boosted by Rushcliffe Borough Council’s COVID Digital Recovery Grants, that can help them further adapt and improve their online presence or sales.
Small to medium size retail, hospitality, personal care, leisure, tourism and other enterprises in Rushcliffe can now access up to £1,000 over and above existing central government grant support by visiting the Borough Council’s webpage.
Part of the authority’s recovery plan from the pandemic, the funds allow businesses to create or improve a website, seek advice and support on improving their social media presence or create greater online transactional capability.
It can also aid local retail groups or traders’ associations supporting or enhancing the development of, for example, an online marketplace for their town or village.
Applicants must be a high street business who pay their business rates to the Borough Council or receive small business rate relief with between one and 30 employees.
All appropriate licences and permissions must be in place and full criteria is available on the webpage.
The news builds on the Council distributing over £40m of vital central government grants and support to over 600 businesses in the Borough since March 2020.
Restart grants are also now available for eligible businesses on the Borough Council’s business webpage.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Executive Manager for Finance and Corporate Governance Executive Pete Linfield said: “We have set up the High Street COVID Digital Recovery Grant as another way to support businesses who are continuing to adapt quickly in light of the pandemic and who may need a further boost to reach out to new and existing customers.
“We know many businesses already have a great online presence, but this has been the most challenging of years and we’re aware hundreds of small to medium sized enterprises need every ounce of support.
“Business owners should apply as soon as possible if they have digital plans in mind. Please email us if you have any questions on the grants.”