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Final call to get financial help if you’re freelance, self-employed or have a small business

Published on Friday, 7th August 2020

We still have more than £1m of government money to hand over to people with small businesses, freelancers or those who’re self-employed. And time is running out to apply!

Do you rent a chair or some space in a salon? Are you a freelance designer or sound artist that shares a studio? You might be a chiropractor, vet or dentist; a mobile street trader or maybe a charity. Do you run a bed and breakfast, which pays council tax rather than business rates?

If you have fixed property-related costs of more than £100 a month and were not eligible for either the small business or retail and hospitality and leisure grants, you could be entitled. Apply for the Discretionary Grants Fund here. You have until 5pm on Friday 21 August.

Who we’ve helped already

We received £2.03m from the government to give to small businesses and charities who may have missed out on earlier cash-relief. So far we’ve paid out £914,500 to 108 people from our discretionary grants pot and this is on top of £38.2m to more than 2,800 businesses through the small business, and, retail, hospitality and leisure schemes.

Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council said: “The financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic have hit many businesses hard. To know there is funding still available for those who’ve missed out, will be seen as a lifeline for a range of small business owners.

"So please, if you know of anyone who you think could be entitled, why not tell them to get their application in?”