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Restart grant roll-out begins in Darlington

Restart grant roll-out begins in Darlington
01 April 2021

The restart grant roll-out begins today, as the council clocks up £36.7m in Covid business support.

Darlington Borough Council is preparing to pay out vital restart grants to businesses to help them recover from the Covid pandemic and kickstart the local economy.

The national Restart Grant scheme, which is now open for applications, aims to help businesses to reopen safely.

In the past year, the council has paid £36.7m to businesses in Darlington to help them through the lockdown restrictions.

Andrew Perkin, Business Growth & Investment Manager at the council, said: “The team has worked extremely hard to make sure as many eligible businesses as possible have received the financial support they so desperately need during this crisis. The restart scheme is the next step as businesses prepare to welcome back customers.”

Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, gym and accommodation businesses can apply for the grant.

Mr Perkin continued: “This scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation , leisure, personal care and gym premises.

“The amount of grant funding awarded is based on the rateable value and the type of business applying.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to help businesses bounce back from Covid. We will process applications and issue grants as quickly as possible.”

Visit the website to apply.

Alongside financial help, local businesses can also take advantage of free online training as well as help with marketing and promotions through the council’s #LoveDarlo Facebook page and Enjoy Darlington website.

“The Restart scheme is the next step as businesses prepare to welcome back customers.”

- Andrew Perkin, Business Growth & Investment Manager