Bracknell Forest Council is eagerly awaiting details of how to allocate cash to local hospitality and leisure businesses affected by the Omicron COVID-19 variant – which could see them allocated up to £6,000 each.
On Tuesday, the government announced that up to £1 billion of funding would be made available to leisure and hospitality businesses, which have been most impacted by the recent wave of COVID-19. This funding will be allocated by councils against a specific set of criteria.
It is anticipated that payments will start being made early in the new year.
Cllr Peter Heydon, Executive Member for Transformation and Finance, said:
“It’s no secret that the leisure and hospitality industry has been detrimentally impacted by the Omicron variant currently sweeping the nation. This has come as a bitter blow to these businesses as the festive period is usually their busiest.
“We want to support our local businesses as quickly as possible with the extra funding that central Government has promised.
“Unfortunately, we do not have the full details or criteria yet and so cannot process any claims currently. As soon as the details become clear we will start paying this money out to eligible business – likely to be early in the new year.”
More information about the support for businesses can be found on GOV.UK.
You can find more information about support available to Bracknell Forest businesses on our business rates pages.