Festive funding for North Somerset pubs, restaurants and cafes

1:20pm - 17 December 2020

North Somerset Council is extending the additional funding available to the area's pubs, restaurants and cafes which have all been hit by curtailed trading opportunities due to the coronavirus restrictions in place.

In addition to the £1,000 Christmas Support Payments announced by government to support 'wet-led' pubs, North Somerset Council will be contacting over 300 pubs, restaurants and cafes across the area to offer payments during December, January and February.

Cllr Mark Canniford, the council's executive member for business said: "This year has been incredibly difficult for our local businesses, and the hospitality sector has been hit especially hard. The lockdowns and Tier 3 restrictions have severely limited their ability to trade, especially in the run up to Christmas in what for many businesses is their busiest trading period.

"While we welcome the £1,000 additional funding announced by government for 'wet-led' pubs, this would only help a relatively small number of businesses in our area. We want our pubs, restaurants and cafes to all still be here when they're able to trade more normally again.

"We've listened to what our businesses have told us, and we're going above and beyond to step in to help."

North Somerset Council will email or write to all known eligible pubs, restaurants and cafes before Christmas to set-out how to claim the additional funding.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to claim £3,000 in total, paid at £1,000 per month for December, January and February. Cafes with between one and ten employees will be able to claim £500 for each of the three months, and cafes employing 11 or more people will be able to claim £1,000 a month.

If a business doesn't receive an email or letter by Wednesday 23 December and believes they are eligible, they should then contact the Business Grants team via businessgrants@n-somerset.gov.uk.

This funding is in addition to any other statutory grants businesses may have received. 

The council is also contacting all those businesses which were not able to re-open while the area was in the 'very high' alert level Tier 3 restrictions by government.

Cllr Canniford said: “We are emailing all eligible businesses directly with the instructions to claim. However, if you think you're eligible and haven’t received notification do get in touch now."

Details of the grants and criteria are available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/businesssupportgrant