Published: Wednesday, 12th Jan 2022

Leisure, hospitality and accommodation businesses in Bolton are eligible for a grant of up to £6,000 as part of a government support programme.

In December last year, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the scheme to provide one-off grants to businesses hardest hit by the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Across the UK, many businesses such as pubs and restaurants saw reduced footfall during the normally busy festive period.

Bolton Council will contact eligible businesses directly with more information about how to apply. The information will also be published online.

The funding sits alongside other existing government support measures including business rates relief and reduced VAT for hospitality firms.

Councils have also been given discretionary funding to support other local businesses.

Bolton Council will shortly be confirming how this additional funding will be allocated and how local businesses can apply.

Bolton Council Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, said:

“As we saw across the UK, many Bolton residents took the decision to stay at home to avoid the risk of catching or spreading the Omicron variant in the run up to Christmas.

“Unfortunately, this impacted the many excellent leisure and hospitality venues we have across the borough.

“We will shortly be contacting local businesses with the details of how to take advantage of this grant scheme to help them through this difficult time.

“Of course, hospitality is not the only sector to have been hit by this variant and we will be announcing additional support for businesses through the use of discretionary funds.”