Melton Borough Council

Council support for local businesses

Published Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

Melton Borough Council is developing a series of innovative policies and support mechanisms to help businesses recover from the impact of Covid-19.

The Council is working closely with partners and businesses to kick start the local economy. To date it has awarded over £10.5m in grants to local businesses to support them through these testing times.  These have come from the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant schemes and the Local Authority Discretionary grant scheme.

The Local Authority Discretionary Grant Scheme has recently announced £457k worth of grant awards to 97 businesses who originally missed out on the original grant schemes and still has £118k to allocate to businesses in need. A second round of the grant scheme is due to open up in early July.

Cllr Leigh Higgins,  Deputy Leader of the Council said

“The Council knows that local business are key to ensuring the local economy can  bounce back during the recovery period of the coronavirus pandemic. To support businesses in achieving this we want to understand what help and support they require as they look to ease themselves out of lockdown.

We are hosting an online question and answer session for local businesses in the Leisure and Hospitality sector so we can find out what their challenges are, answer any questions they may have and sign post them to various different funding and support available to them.  We want to find out more about the local concerns,  whether it be around helping with social distancing and making business safe or money matters.”

The Council has worked with our partners such as BID and Town Estate to support retail businesses to open in the past few weeks and maintain social distance. Our wardens have been out and about, supporting the visitors and customers in enjoying the town centre offer in a safe manner.

Following the Government announcement allowing the hospitality and leisure businesses to open from the 4th July, the council has announced a relaxation on its approach to enforcement over the summer period and, will be allowing pubs, restaurants and cafes to erect marquees without having to seek planning approval until the end of September. This is to support businesses to adhere to the required social distancing measures within their premises and increase their capacity. The Council is also working with Leicestershire County Council, the highways authority, to enable the cafes and restaurants in the town centre to be able to serve customers immediately outside their premises in highways land, while still maintaining accessibility and safety of passers-by.

The Council is very keen to hear the views of local businesses about the future of the town centre as well as the tourism and hospitality sector. Businesses are invited to join Cllr Leigh Higgins, Deputy Leader of the Council on Monday 6th July at 11am

To register for the webinar email and full details of how to access the webinar will be sent to you.