02 Apr 2020
Please see the latest, very comprehensive guidance from Hull City Council.
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Please be patient they are working very hard on this, they have had this duty unexpectedly dumped on them remember.
LATEST INFORMATION FROM HULL CITY COUNCIL
RE: COVID-19 BUSINESS GRANTS
We would like to keep you up-to-date with any information which we receive from Government in relation to Business Support resources for businesses and employers.
As a Business Support Team we are here to help. If there are specific areas of information that you think we should try and include in our Business Support Updates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our upmost to include in the upcoming editions.
Covid-19 Grant Funding Schemes
Businesses in Hull are expected to be able to apply for grant funding from the end of the week (3 April) when an online form goes live.
Hull City Council will distribute £58m in funding to firms in the city – with 4,000 businesses expected to be eligible.
The local authority is setting up an online facility for business-owners to enter details, allowing money to be paid directly into bank accounts.
The form will soon go live on the council’s website hull.gov.uk.
But business-owners are urged to make sure they enter correct information to ensure the money is delivered to them as quickly as possible.
You will need to have the below information to hand when completing the online claim form:
- Business Rates Account reference - This can be found on any business rates bill relating to your business
- Business Property Address (as on the rates bill) - This can be found on any business rates bill relating to your business
- Name of the rate payer (as on the rates bill) - This can be found on any business rates bill relating to your business
- Details of the person completing the form - Required by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Bank account into which the Grant should be paid - Please provide the bank account into which the grant should be paid. This should be your business bank account.
- Business VAT Number - Required by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy if business is registered for VAT
- Business Company House registration number - Required by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Can be found on Companies House Website.
- Business Company House registered name if different to that shown on the bill - Required by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
If you do not have all of the information, applications can still be made - these however, will require manual verification and will therefore take longer to process.
The council is administering the grants on behalf of the Government, alongside other local authorities across the country.
Full details about the Covid-19 Grant Funding Schemes can be found on the council’s website.
David Bell, Hull City Council’s director of finance, said: “We are working hard to put in place new software that enables businesses to apply for the grant funding, and then for the system to pay the money to businesses bank accounts.
“We anticipate about 4,000 businesses in Hull will be eligible. As this is unprecedented, we need to make sure the system is working correctly.
“Subject to final testing, we expect the online form to go live by the end of the week. For those businesses already known to the council, once they have completed the form online it is expected that the money should be with them in a matter of days.
“While we are writing to all businesses that we believe will qualify, they will not need a letter from the council in order to claim through the online form.”
Businesses are encouraged to look at the council’s website hull.gov.uk from Friday for updates on when the online form will be available.
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