08 Jun 2021

Delays in Restart Grants 'inexcusable' Bira CEO tells Daily Telegraph

Ongoing delays in the issuing of Restart Grants by some local authorities is 'inexcusable', Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre told a national newspaper.

He spoke to the Daily Telegraph following reports from our members saying they had not received their Restart Grants - despite reopening after lockdown on April 12.

Bira has been raising the matter of delayed Restart Grants since the start of last month; the grants were pledged in Rishi Sunak's March Budget. The matter was also raised with Small Business Minister Paul Scully during a meeting with Bira in May. Full story here

Recently, member Peter Wooding, who runs Orcs Nest in London, spoke to BBC Radio 4 You & Yours presenter Samantha Fenwick about not having received nearly £4,000 yet from his local authority - the Royal Borough of Camden. The day after the programme was broadcast, Peter heard his grant had been approved.

Read the full Telegraph article here

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