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Supporting our businesses

Published : 06/04/2020

Ashford Borough Council is pleased to have started paying businesses their coronavirus support grants from the government.

A group of officers from the council’s Economic Development team (including LoveAshford), Corporate Property, Tourism, Licensing and our Revenues and Benefits teams, have been working hard to put in place procedures for the measures announced by the government to help businesses. 

This includes the jobs retention scheme, statutory sick pay, retail business rates holiday, retail grants, small business grants, extra time to pay tax, VAT deferral, business interruption loans, bank support and information on support for the self-employed. 

More than 1,100 businesses have already submitted their application forms and these are now being processed with the first payments due to be made on Friday (3 April), and the second batch of payments due to be made next week.

Feedback from businesses who are submitting their applications has been very positive, with them appreciating the speed of turnaround and the hard work being put in by the officers involved. If you are a business that is eligible, please fill in the online application form.

Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of the Council, said: “I’d like to thank the team who have been working hard to put all of these new processes in place to administer the payments quickly. These payments are going to be vital to helping as many of the borough’s businesses make it through these unprecedented times as possible.”

Regular updates on the council’s support for businesses and eligibility for grants is available on the council’s coronavirus pages. You can also sign up to receive our regular emails with the latest advice and support for businesses on this page. The Kent and Medway Growth Hub have set up a phone line at 03333 602300, for business support advice, 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday. Webchat is also available on all the relevant business pages on the Ashford Borough Council website.