Ruddington’s high street businesses and established village centre business groups are being reminded they may still be able to receive support for their online presence from Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC).
It’s thanks to the ‘High Street Businesses Covid Digital Recovery Grant’ which aims to help eligible traders to adapt further to improve their online profile or sales. Small to medium sized retail, hospitality, personal care, leisure, tourism and other enterprises here in Ruddington and elsewhere in the Borough can now access up to £1,000 – over and above other pandemic-related central government grant support.
Introduced as part of RBC’s recovery plan from the impact of COVID-19, these funds allow businesses to create or improve a website, seek advice and support on improving their social media presence or create greater online transactional capability. They can also aid local retail groups or traders’ associations to support or enhance the development of, for example, an online market place for their town or village.
All applicants must be a High Street business paying business rates to the Council, or receiving small business rate relief with between one and 30 employees, and ‘match fund’ any project. Appropriate licences and permissions also need to be be in place. Full eligibility criteria is listed >>HERE<<.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Andy Edyvean says: “There’s still funding available for high street businesses through our Digital Recovery Grant as another way to support businesses who have adapted quickly in light of the pandemic and who may need a further boost to reach out to new and existing customers. We know many businesses of course have a great online presence but we’re aware hundreds of small to medium sized enterprises need every ounce of support.”
Business owners are urged to apply as soon as possible if you have digital plans in mind. You can email email@example.com, should you have any questions, and find the application form you’ll need to complete and return >>HERE<<.