Chancellor announces new financial support for Harlow businesses

FOLLOWING constant lobbying from Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, the Chancellor has announced new grant funding for retail, hospitality and leisure business forced to close of up to £9,000. This one-off grant is in addition to the existing monthly closed grants of up to £3,000 per month that businesses continue to be eligible for.

The one-off additional grant each business premises will receive depends on their rateable value:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above: £9,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000: £6,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or below: £4,000

Other impacted businesses will also be supported by discretionary grants distributed from Harlow Council as the Council receives more funding from the extra £594 million for local authorities announced this morning. 

The measures announced this morning also come on top of the economic package of support for businesses over the Winter, including monthly grants for closed businesses worth up to £3,000 per month, extending the furlough scheme to April and providing further SEISS grants to support the self-employed to April.

Commenting, Robert Halfon MP said: “I have worked hard to do everything possible to get further financial assistance for Harlow businesses and to help people in work. 

“I hope that these new grants, announced by the Chancellor, will go a long way to helping our local businesses through this difficult time. This money comes on top of the financial package for Harlow worth well over £160 million and I will continue to do all I can to ensure every business has the support they need. 

“I wish everyone good health and to keep safe at this time.”

Full details of the Government’s financial support for businesses can be found on Alternatively, businesses can call the Government’s Business Support Helpline on 0800 998 1098.

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