Businesses open during last autumn's lockdowns may be eligible for a grant; but hurry, deadline is 31 March

Published Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Businesses in the borough that were allowed to remain open during lockdowns last autumn are being encouraged to apply for a discretionary grant before 31 March.

To be eligible, the business must pay business rates in Bromley, be on the eligible list and have been open during the period of local Covid-19 alert level: High (Tier 2) and Very High (Tier 3), between 17 October - 4 November 2020, 2 December – 15 December 2020 or 16 December-19 December and have been severely affected by the pandemic.

The ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant – Open’ is available to businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors with several new categories being added over time. Businesses are advised to check carefully to see if they are included in the list of eligible businesses.

This grant may be available to a business in the following sectors with this list having been extended over time:

  • Animal Grooming Facilities
  • Audiology Services
  • Beauty Salons
  • Catteries
  • Chiropodists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Event and Hospitality Suppliers
  • Hairdressers
  • Kennels
  • Laundrettes
  • Nail Salons
  • Newsagents
  • Opticians
  • Osteopaths
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo Parlours
  • Taxi or Vehicle Hire Business
  • Veterinary Surgeons 

Sara Bowrey, Director for Renewal, Recreation and Housing explained: "If your business occupies a commercial premises included in the ratings list in the London Borough of Bromley and is in one of the eligible sectors, remaining open during Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, but was severely impacted, then you could be eligible for a grant from this fund. I encourage you to apply before the central government deadline at the end of the month. We will allocate funding on a first come, first served basis.”

Businesses must apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant – Open’ by the central government deadline of 31 March 2021 for an application to be accepted.

Further information about this grant and how to apply is in the Business Grants section of Bromley Council’s website, also available through www.bromley.gov.uk/covid-19

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