Published Friday, 24 April 2020
Waverley Borough Council officers have been working flat out – including over the Easter Weekend – to get the Government’s business support grants to hard pressed businesses as quickly as possible.
By Friday 24 April, over £15m had been paid directly to around 1,200 businesses across the borough.
Staff were redeployed to focus resources on making the software and operational changes required, individually contacting affected businesses by phone and physically processing all of the grant claims. Prior to this, officers had just completed another massive logistical challenge – reviewing and re-issuing the Business Rates bills of around 1,500 businesses, which will see them collectively save £20m this financial year.
In responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, Waverley Borough Council has made support for the borough’s struggling businesses one of its top priorities. Even before the lockdown went into effect, the Economic Development team were already fielding large numbers of enquiries from concerned local business owners.
Since then, the team has been liaising with businesses, chambers of commerce across the borough, the Federation of Small Businesses and EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership, to promote awareness of the support available for businesses, offer advice and signposting, and to feed back to Government about where there are gaps in the support.
Business owners who are still unsure whether they are entitled to any support are urged to go to the ‘Guidance for businesses’ page of the Coronavirus Hub on the council’s website: www.waverley.gov.uk/Coronavirus.