Local businesses receive £125 million in grant support during COVID-19 pandemic

Within one year, nearly £125 million in grant support has been issued to businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole to help them through the pandemic.


With a multitude of government grants schemes launching over the last year, BCP Council has moved quickly to review a diverse set of criteria set by the government, launch different application processes, review thousands of applications simultaneously and make payments as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Most recently, BCP Council has also led the way nationally, being one of the first authorities to launch a discretionary scheme of targeted business support for local industries deemed to be most in need.

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economy at BCP Council, said:


“I am delighted that we’ve been able to issue so much, so quickly, to so many businesses in our area and across nearly all sizes and sectors.


“While many challenges remain for our business community, we now have a clear roadmap for reopening the economy and l want to assure you that we will continue to do everything we can to support your businesses going forward. This includes setting aside a further stream of discretionary support specifically to help you reopen safely, bounce back and recover. The details for this scheme will soon be revealed.’’


The total figures in grant support issued during the last year, include a further £9 million in grants payments that are being issued automatically this week. These payments are to cover both rate paying and non-ratepaying businesses across the conurbation for the 16 February to 31 March 2021 period.


For more information, advice and support, please visit: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/financialsupport

These activities contribute to BCP Council’s vision for Dynamic Places, supporting an innovative and successful economy in a great place to live, work, learn and visit.