Posted on 2nd April 2020
Received from MSDC on Thursday 2nd April:
I want to update you and your members on the Business Grants and how Mid Sussex DC will pay qualifying businesses, as well as ask you to promote any business that believes they qualify to register for the grants.
We have set up a website at www.GrantApproval.co.uk for local businesses to register – which needs to be in the personal name of the business owner. If you qualify for a number of grants you only need to register once. We will ask you when registering to put some details in including an email address. We will then email all businesses registered, early next week by the latest, advising them to complete the information required. We are planning to pay all qualifying businesses – albeit there will be certain checks we have to do as part of the process to protect public funds – week commencing 6th April 2020 provided all the information required has been given.
Step 1 is to get registered at www.GrantApproval.co.uk with their email address. More information about how to proceed and what information is required will come later when we are in a position to process the grants.
Letters are going out to local businesses who we believe may qualify from today, but we are conscious that a number of businesses are closed so any help you can give to promote this will be very much appreciated. We will also be updating our website and putting numerous messages on social media.
The latest version, and hopefully the final guidance, was received from the Government yesterday (it has been changed a number of times). For your information, and to try and be transparent to all local businesses, I have given below both the Guidance Link for Local Authorities and for Businesses.
Please do let me know if there are any issues. If any members are uncertain of anything please do email me at email@example.com
Kevin Stewart, FIRRV, MAAT, MCMI, Business Unit Leader Revenues and Benefits, MSDC
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"Regular, well organised events, excellent updates and information by email along with a warm welcome from the Chair and Coordinator are just some of the positives at BHBPA."