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Council reaches £6 million distributed in business grants

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has distributed just over £6 million of vital government coronavirus funding to over 550 local businesses in the Borough.

Since early April, officers at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have worked tirelessly to ensure that the funding reaches eligible businesses as quickly and as securely as possible.

They have been distributing two grants for businesses, one for those directly impacted from the hospitality, leisure and retail industry, and another for those that already receive business rate discounts.

On behalf of the Council, Councillor John Boyce, Leader of the Council, said “It’s been a large undertaking to get everything in place so that we can begin paying out these government grants and I would like to thank businesses for their patience and understanding while we’ve been doing this work. The feedback we have had from local businesses has been very positive”.

Small Business Minister Paul Scully said: “Small business owners up and down the country are facing challenges on a scale never seen before and the financial support package we have put in place reflects that.

“I am pleased to see that businesses in Oadby and Wigston have already received grants totalling over £6 million, but there is more funding available. I urge any business that believes it is eligible, but has yet to be contacted by their local authority, to make themselves known to them through the council’s website.”

Information about the help and advice available for businesses during the coronavirus outbreak can also be found on the council’s website

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