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Hounslow Council has distributed over £14m to SMEs in coronavirus grants

Hounslow Council has so far paid £14,295,000 in coronavirus grants to businesses across the borough to support them during the coronavirus crisis

Published: Friday, 24th April 2020

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A list of all businesses considered eligible for coronavirus grants within the borough was supplied to Hounslow Council by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Council made contact with each individual business in writing. Businesses were directed to online applications forms for the grants and offered support from Hounslow Council in completing them.

There are two grants available: The Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. Businesses with multiple outlets can receive more than one grant and may receive grants from separate local authorities, if their different outlets are in different local authority areas. Only one grant can be paid per business premise.

Hounslow Council has been working hard to process requests for payments as quickly as possible, while balancing the need for financial rigour and responsibility.

Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, said: “Our teams have been working very hard and extremely diligently once we received the necessary information from Government to ensure payments are quickly reaching businesses in the borough. Over £14m has already reached 900 small businesses across Hounslow which is positive progress, but we know there are many more businesses out there who still need support which we want to get to them as soon as possible. However, we have a responsibility to handle public funds meticulously, and we must ensure we do proper payment checks first.

“It is estimated that a further 1,000 businesses are entitled to funding and I encourage these enterprises to submit their bank details and payment forms as quickly as possible. Please ensure that the correct bank details are submitted on the forms – it is very important we receive details for the business bank account, and not for any other account.”

Hounslow Council is in the process of making grant payments to qualifying businesses but is aware that a number of businesses haven’t submitted a web form yet and therefore urges businesses who think they may qualify for a grant to complete the web form on the link below.

Complete the web form and find out how more about Hounslow Council can support your business during the coronavirus crisis

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