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MP encourages small B&Bs to take advantage of new financial support scheme

June 3, 2020 1:49 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron is encouraging local small B&Bs and other small businesses who have been unable to access the Government's other coronavirus financial support schemes, to apply for a new grant which opened this week.

The Discretionary Business Grant Fund is designed to help those businesses that occupy space in a building where their landlord pays the rates bill and B&Bs that pay council tax rather than business rates.

Businesses can apply for the grant by going to www.southlakeland.gov.uk and filling in an online form.

Tim said: "I'm delighted that, following joint pressure from Cumbria Tourism, South Lakeland District and my team, the Government have made these funds available to small B&Bs.

"Please remember, these are grants and not loans - they don't need to be paid back - so please do take advantage of this support to help your business.

"Businesses have less than two weeks to apply for the grant so make sure you don't miss out."