Guide East Devon business coronavirus update - 17 April 2020

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1. Introduction

Councillor Kevin Blakey, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, highlights that almost £30m has been paid to eligible businesses in the district:

“This week we have been focusing efforts on providing much needed grants to local businesses.  To date, almost £30m has been paid to 2528 qualifying businesses. We have written to all eligible businesses and emailed them where possible. We are still waiting to hear from 1500 businesses and urge them to use the information provided and claim their grant: eastdevon.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-grants-support.

If you have checked the eligibility criteria online eastdevon.gov.uk/business-grant-support-faqs and think you should have received a communication from us but have not, then please email businessrates@eastdevon.gov.uk

For businesses that do not meet the criteria for grants and other forms of support, please be assured that we are compiling a record of these types of businesses and we are feeding this back to central Government. 

In addition, three hours of tailored one-to-one business advice is available from the South West Growth Hub: call 03456 047 047 or visit www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk

Government has launched a new Business Hub, providing clear advice on the financial support available and how to access help: gov.uk/business-support

We are aware that there are a number of businesses who have displayed entrepreneurialism and innovation in adapting to the current circumstances, for example, establishing new ways of delivering their business and engaging customers.  We would like to help showcase such examples and I would encourage you to send these to us.   This week we are highlighting the work that Darts Farm have done to quickly launch an online delivery service which is also helping to benefit a range of local suppliers. Read more

We continue to receive feedback which shows the grants are providing real support during this challenging time: 

Many thanks for this and a huge thanks for you and all your colleagues, keeping the country running at a time like this.

I was really impressed with how quickly EDDC got a system set up. It took a week from applying online to getting the much needed money, so well done and thank you EDDC.

I received remittance advice for my £10,000 yesterday. Only applied a few days ago so thanks for a fast business saving job.

I just wanted to say that you and your colleagues at EDDC have managed this Grant process wonderfully well. Please convey my thanks to the team at EDDC who have worked through this process so efficiently.”