Malvern Hills District Council provides financial support to businesses affected by coronavirus

More than £3.5million in grant money has been given to businesses across the Malvern Hills District to support them through the coronavirus outbreak.

Malvern Hills District Council is urging eligible businesses affected by the pandemic to register online so grants can be paid quickly.

Grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 have been sent to more than 300 eligible businesses in the District such as barbers, restaurants and engineering companies.

The council began payments on Friday 3 April and is advising businesses that have successfully registered to check their bank accounts regularly but to allow a few days for the money to come through.

Businesses in receipt of small business rate relief should be eligible for the £10,000 grant. The larger grant is for businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, who have a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000.

Kyle Hassall, owner of The Boathouse in Upton-upon-Severn received payment into his account on Tuesday (7 April).

He said: "I received my grant payment and it is massive relief to have this support come through. The grant will make a major difference and probably means that we will survive and be able to reopen in the future. The online registration form was straightforward and I encourage other similar eligible business to make sure they have registered".

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We cannot stress enough that we are urging businesses to register so they can be paid quickly. We estimate that 700 businesses in the district are yet to register. Our local businesses are the backbone of our community and we want to ensure they are receiving the financial support they need to continue trading".

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/coronavirus to register now.

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