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Second Omicron grant scheme for businesses unveiled by West Suffolk Council

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West Suffolk Council is rolling out a second grant scheme to support local businesses hit by the latest wave of the Covid pandemic.

The Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant is aimed at those businesses which fall outside the business rates system.

The council warns that grants distributed under this new initiative are likely to be smaller than those made available under the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme, unveiled last week.

Less money is likely to be made available than in the previous round of grant funding.
Less money is likely to be made available than in the previous round of grant funding.

This is due to the fact that less funding has been made available from central government for this batch of grants.

Eligible businesses include:

  • Small bed and breakfast businesses
  • Accommodation, hospitality, and leisure businesses occupying shared spaces
  • Businesses in the supply chain to the accommodation, hospitality, leisure, tourism, and events sectors
  • Personal care, gyms, and sports businesses
  • Meeting and conference rooms
  • Pet-care businesses (day care and animal boarding)
  • Community centres attached to places of worship

Applications to receive an Additional Restrictions Grant close on February 18.

No details are available at this stage regarding the specific amount to be made available in grant funding.

The council's cabinet member for growth, Councillor Susan Glossop, said: "We recognise that has Omicron impacted many West Suffolk businesses beyond those that qualify for the Government’s Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

"We have a limited amount of funding for our ARG scheme which is why we want to hear and see the impact on businesses before we make any decisions over grant amounts."

To apply for a grant, visit West Suffolk Council's website.