Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2020
A further 150 businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic are sharing £1.2 million distributed by Sevenoaks District Council.
The funding is available to small and medium sized businesses in the Sevenoaks District that did not qualify for small business grants and retail, hospitality and leisure grants allocated in May.
The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, which is running a fundraising campaign to save the much-loved arts centre, is one of the beneficiaries.
Cllr Matthew Dickins, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Investment, says: “As soon as this extra source of Government funding became available, we worked hard to get the money to those who needed it as quickly as possible. This brings the financial support we've provided businesses during the pandemic to a total of nearly £45 million.
Businesses throughout the District have reacted positively to the allocation of the grants:
'Dancefactors' in Sevenoaks
"To have a business that I have spent decades building up suddenly cut-off from any revenue stream at all is, I'm sure you can appreciate, deeply distressing and this grant will go a long way to helping Dancefactors to ‘Bounce-Back’ into trading after the current crisis is over."
‘chillieapplie’ web and app design agency in Edenbridge
"I would like to thank you for supporting our discretionary business grant application. It’s a positive and principled step in supporting small local businesses, such as ours, through these very difficult, turbulent and uncertain times."
Alex Reade Motorsport – racewear and merchandise retailer in Brands Hatch
"Thank you so much for the grant. Right now, we still are working behind closed doors so I can’t tell you how much this will help us. You are doing an absolutely fantastic job and have my utmost thanks for helping."