NEW support grants have been unveiled to help hospitality businesses in Bromsgrove district which have seen their pre-Christmas periods hit by the the effects of Omicron.
The £1.2million pot will be paid out from the remaining ‘Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)’ cash handed to Bromsgrove District Council by the Government to support companies during this financial year.
Hospitality businesses which have not yet received an ARG grant are urged to email [email protected] for advice as soon as possible.
Hospitality businesses which have already received an ARG grant this year do not need to do anything and will automatically receive the latest grant payment based on their original application.
Coun Geoff Denaro, Bromsgrove District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance and Enabling, said: “Our immediate priority now is to get support to as many smaller independent hospitality businesses as possible, where they have been severely impacted at this critical time of year by the spread of the Omicron variant.
“We know that pubs and restaurants are seeing seasonal trade well down owing to the ongoing pandemic, with the combined impact of staff absences and people choosing to stay at home and limit their social activities at this time.
“These grants are designed to help.”
The ARG is one of several schemes the Government has put in place to support businesses at various points of the pandemic, administered by local authorities.