Wiltshire Council has promised to do 'all it can' to safeguard jobs, as well as protect local businesses in the county in their own response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Working alongside us at the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, our local authority will be responsible for delivering, or signposting businesses towards, a range of support packages from central government. These include:
- giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses a 100 percent business rates holiday for the next 12 months
- increasing grants to businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or rural rate relief from £3,000 to £10,000
- providing further £25,000 grants to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000
Cllr Philip Whitehead, leader of Wiltshire Council and cabinet member for economic development, said:
We recognise that businesses throughout Wiltshire will be concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on their livelihood, and we want to do all we can to protect Wiltshire businesses and safeguard jobs.
Should any business need help before details are released, I would urge to them to contact either the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub, Wessex Chambers of Commerce or the Federation of Small Businesses.