A new Covid support fund is available for businesses in Tewkesbury Borough impacted by the pandemic, but which have been ineligible for previous grant schemes.

The Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund is aimed at businesses operating from business-rated premises that have been adversely affected by the pandemic but were unable to introduce sufficient changes to adapt to its impact.

Funding for this additional relief has been provided by the government and the scheme is administered by Tewkesbury Borough Council.

The amount awarded to each business will be calculated according to the rateable value of its premises but, since the government funding is limited, will also depend on the number of applicants amongst whom it has to be distributed. The council’s aim is to provide relief for as many businesses as possible before the end of the 2021/22 financial year.

Councillor Rob Bird, leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “Although the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic is hopefully behind us, some businesses across the borough are still suffering hardship because of its impact on the local economy.

“We are therefore continuing our policy of supporting our local businesses by making this latest fund available, and our officers are working tirelessly to ensure that those in financial difficulty receive financial assistance.”

For more information on the Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund, and to apply, go to: COVID-19 Additional relief fund — Tewkesbury Borough Council | COVID-19