Ripon BID have assured businesses they are continuing to lobby for financial support from the government in the form of a “business booster.”

The BID (Business Improvement District) wrote to The Prime Minister and The Chancellor of the Exchequer in December and requested support following the government’s ‘Plan B’ covid measures.

They also asked for urgent assurances that businesses will be supported.

This plea was backed by Ripon MP Julian Smith and Councillors from North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Ripon City Council.

And the BID is assuring businesses that it will continue to lobby on their behalf.

A spokesperson said:

“The BID felt that urgent action was needed to offer financial support in light of the “Plan B” measures.

“The #BusinessBooster campaign, and other lobbying, had the direct result of the Government announcing the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) on 21st December.

“Although this news was welcome, the BID feels strongly that further assistance for all impacted sectors is required, and we will continue to lobby for this.”

Government grants

Government grants are available for hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that were occupying premises and trading on 30th December 2021.

The grant is a ‘one off’ and is called the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG).

Eligible businesses must apply for the grant, and the amount they receive will depend on their premises’ rateable value.

Find more information here.

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