Lord Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Sefton Council’s Business Grants and Business Rates teams have now issued approaching £2 million to over 500 local companies from grant funding schemes announced by the Government in January and February.

Over £1.6 million of Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grants have been paid to almost 500 companies across the borough with the few final payments due to be paid by the end of March.

Additionally, more than 150 of Sefton small and micro businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors have received nearly £340,000 from the third round of the Additional Relief Grant scheme.

Sefton Council has paid out over £100 million of grant funding to the Borough’s businesses during the pandemic.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Over the past two years Sefton’s businesses of all sizes and sectors have faced major challenges and made sacrifices to protect their employees and customers from COVID-19.

“Thanks to the huge efforts of our officers, we have been able to help thousands of those businesses with payments to help them survive and recover from the pandemic.

“I would like to thank our officers who have made this possible but also the Borough’s businesses who have worked with us while we have carried out the stringent processes and checks when administering this financial support.”

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said:

“This has been an unprecedented time and we have all had to adapt quickly to working and operating within restrictions designed to keep us safe, while at the same time supporting those who are most vulnerable. 

“I am proud that Sefton Council has been able to provide this financial support, as well as practical support, such as PPE and testing vital infrastructure and would like to add my thanks to everyone involved.”

People can find out more about how Sefton Council supports business and investment at www.investsefton.com

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