This means MBC has paid out a higher percentage of grant money to its local businesses than any other local authority in Kent. The Council was given a total of £28 million by government following the introduction of support for businesses in receipt of small business rates relief and businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors affected by Covid-19. 2,227 local businesses who qualified have been helped by the non-repayable cash grant.
Cllr Paul Harper, Chairman of the Economic Regeneration and Leisure Committee:
“Business has suffered immeasurably during these last few months. Making sure these government grants were sent out to our local businesses as quickly as possible has been a top priority, and I am pleased MBC has been able to award so much of the money.
“Just to remind businesses though, that there is still time for anyone who qualifies for these particular grants to come forward.”
Cllr Martin Cox, Leader of Maidstone Borough Council added:
“I am very proud of how hard Council staff have worked to make sure this money was awarded quickly. Many departments have been involved in processing the grants, doing work they may not have been involved before, all pulling together to help businesses through this very difficult time."
For any businesses not the meeting the outlined criteria please contact the Kent and Medway Business Support Team on 03333 602300 for further advice on available support.