Monmouthshire County Council would like to hear from businesses who may be unsure of what funding they could be eligible for, and which grants are available for their sector. Business owners are being encouraged to register for a free hour-long Business Forum event on Thursday 28th January. There are two sessions available to choose from, at either end of the business day: 8.30am and 5.30pm.
Following the restrictions placed upon businesses as a result of the pandemic, there have been various grant schemes launched by Welsh Government to try and help those that have been severely impacted by closures and resulting loss of takings. The online Q&A sessions run by the council are designed to clarify the schemes and to answer questions raised by business owners across the county.
To join in businesses will need to register their interest via a short form on the website: monmouthshire.gov.uk/business-advice. A link to join the meeting via Microsoft Teams will be emailed to businesses who respond.
Councillor Bob Greenland, Deputy Leader of Monmouthshire County Council said: “After what has been a difficult year and after the launch of a range of business funding schemes, I appreciate that there may be confusion about which grant schemes may be relevant to specific businesses, which funding pots are open, which are closed, and how to apply. This can only add to the stress already being felt by business owners. This is something we would like to address by speaking with businesses directly, albeit in a virtual online setting. I would encourage any business that has questions or would like advice to register for one of the sessions taking place on the 28th January.
“Our business team has been working hard to get funding out to eligible businesses who have already applied for a grant but there are many more businesses that won’t have applied yet. This is a serious concern and I would stress the importance of exploring what support is available by visiting the business advice section of our website.”
“I hope that through these virtual events we are able to reach as many of Monmouthshire’s businesses as possible and offer support. Their survival is key to our county to be able to recover once this pandemic has eventually passed,” concluded Cllr. Greenland.
For more information about business support and to register for the livestream Q&A, visit www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/business-advice