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Micro businesses based in Staffordshire – that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak – can now apply for grants of up to £1,000.

Staffordshire County Council has introduced a new emergency grant scheme for micro businesses based in Staffordshire. The £500,000 scheme will help companies that operate with nine employees or less and are unable to access support from other initiatives provided by the UK Government. The emergency fund will be allocated on a first come, first served basis – supporting up to 500 local businesses.

Businesses can apply if they are registered in Staffordshire and have an annual turnover of less than £2million. The scheme is also open to sole traders, such as plumbers, hairdressers, photographers, cleaners and childminders.

Click here to apply or to find out more about the scheme.

Economic Growth Leader at Staffordshire County Council, Mark Winnington.

Mark Winnington, Economic Growth Leader at Staffordshire County Council, commented:

“Our priority at the county council, working with our partners, is to ensure we are doing all we can to support businesses – particularly small and micro companies.

“We’re pleased to be able to launch our micro-business grant scheme today to give a boost to these companies through an incredibly difficult time.

“I’d urge them to get in contact to ensure they get the maximum benefit and we’re advising all businesses needing advice and support to contact the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub team.”

Businesses in Staffordshire can also visit the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub website for updates on the support that is available across the county, or call the Business Helpline on 0300 111 8002 to speak to an experienced advisor.