Changes to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme mean that domestic businesses and those who hold a Tameside taxi licence may now be eligible for a one off payment of £1,500.
The value of ARG payments for commercial businesses has also been increased due to additional funding made available by the government and to encourage more applications.
Tameside domestic-based businesses trading on 22 October 2020, with fixed business costs that can be evidenced, and that have been impacted by Covid-19 may be eligible for the payment.
Domestic-based businesses would include all types of businesses operating from non-commercial premises for example: self-employed, sole traders, limited companies, public companies, limited liability partnerships or community interest companies.
Examples of domestic businesses that could be eligible for the ARG payment (but not exclusive) are:
- Driving instructors
- Mobile hairdressers
- Event industry businesses (DJs, musicians)
- Personal Trainers
- Market traders not on the Tameside regular trading list
- Cultural businesses delivering events
- Professionals based at home (e.g. accountants, architects)
- Allied trade (e.g. builders)
For domestic-based businesses, the ARG cannot replace income but can cover fixed business costs. Evidence of costs will be required when applying for the grant, for example:
- business insurances
- public liability insurance
- professional indemnity
- professional body fees
- proof of trading in the relevant period
Tameside Taxi Licence Holders
Tameside Taxi Licence holders would be eligible for the grant payment, this includes taxi drivers who have a Tameside licence but do not live in the borough.
Taxi drivers who are residents but hold their licence with another local authority would only be eligible if they declared they had not received funding from another local authority scheme.
Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council Executive Member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: “We understand the difficulties many domestic business owners and taxi licence holders have faced due to coronavirus restrictions over the last 12 months, so we’re really pleased to launch this additional funding and hope that as many eligible business owners will benefit as possible.
“These grants are here to help your business – so please don’t hesitate to seek more information and apply now.
“We will work hard to get this much needed funding into the bank accounts of businesses that need it as quickly as we can.”
Tameside businesses operating from a commercial premises (with a rateable value or fixed property costs like a rental agreement) and that have been detrimentally affected by the Covid-19 pandemic may be still eligible for the ARG funding, such as:
- salon based hairdressers/beauticians
- non-essential retail
- suppliers/wholesale, convenience shops
- child care providers with reduced numbers
- manufacturers with less trade
The council say the value of ARG grants has increased due to additional funding made available by the government.
Businesses that have already received an ARG grant will have received an automatic top up, and business owners do not need to re-apply.
Cllr Ryan added: “All ARG funding is limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis so I cannot urge business owners strongly enough not to wait, to check whether their business is eligible and apply now.”
The scheme closes on 31 May 2021 or before if funding is exhausted.
For more information and to fill in the application form, go to www.tameside.gov.uk/supportforbusinesses
The full range of grants available to Tameside businesses can be seen at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/businesssupport/granttable.