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Council supports local businesses through grant scheme

Published: 05/02/2015

Some of the county’s small businesses will benefit from financial support from the Council, through a business rates local needs grant scheme. Flintshire County Council has received funding from Welsh Government to implement the grant scheme, which aims to support local businesses that are in need of financial assistance. The funding will allow the Council to provide additional support to small businesses who receive partial small business rate relief and who have a rateable value threshold between £6,001 and £7,500. Over 200 businesses which meet this criteria are now due to benefit from this top-up grant. As a result of these awards, many small businesses, especially those operating in our local high streets and town centres, will receive a grant which effectively removes them from any liability to business rates in 2014-15. Letters will shortly be issued to businesses to confirm the additional awards. Cllr Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide additional support for many of our local businesses. This is part of our commitment to sustain local employment and businesses, and shows that we are doing all we can to support the local economy and to demonstrate that Flintshire is very much open for business.”