Two new funding support schemes for companies in Lichfield and Burntwood have been welcomed by local business chiefs.

Both the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund aim to help companies during the disruption caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

The Small Business Grants Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 per eligible business.

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund is available for those eligible for discounts under the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Alun Rogers said:

“These are unprecedented and extremely challenging times for businesses, especially SMEs and those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

“We want to ensure they have all the support available to steer through the coming weeks and months.

“We welcome the prompt launch of both grant funding schemes and would urge businesses to find out more as soon as possible as timing is crucial.”

Alun Rogers, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP

More details on the schemes are available here.

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  1. As per my previous comment on the “magic mushroom tree” which apparently has mysteriously flourished into a gigantic rainforest variety since the pandemic, only state intervention can deal with public affairs when they are out of control, as they have been for some years. Entrepreneuralism and individualism, commonly known as free enterprise, is NOT the way forward, and will not be when this is all over. Any number of “funding support” schemes or “online hubs” cannot ignore the fact that a complex society, especially when the market system goes catastrophically wrong, can only be repaired by COLLECTIVE action. Ironic isnt it that Boris of all people should use this word, and that such action being carried out by the masses at the moment is a result of the failure of individualism, consistently advocated since 1979, and that eventually even Conservatives have to print money and ignore “balancing the books”.

  2. The worse the news is, the more Jones, Sarkar and the Guardian crew cheer. Today they’re celebrating the growing unemployment figures in the States.

  3. The title of this news piece is “Business chiefs welcome funding support schemes for Lichfield and Burntwood companies”

    Rob’s comment, as ever, is absolutely nothing even remotely to do with the article.

    Troll.

  4. I would add to my previous comment that I voted for Maggie all those yrs ago as an “agent of change” and can appreciate the misguided Conservative attitude that many Lichfield people have

  5. Chris…. I supported the ‘collective’ policy of trade unions. The Tory press had spent years brainwashing the population about the vile operations of these institutions. Maggie certainly provided the “agent of change” you were looking for.
    It cannot have escaped your notice that the wealth gap has substantially widened since those times. Imported labour, zero hours contracts and the lack of representation is a big improvement for capitalism. It is hard to put a value on what stake the ordinary working man has in society. Pension funds get raided and redundancies are almost unchallengable.
    We threw the baby out with the bathwater. Are we better for it? I don’t think so.

  6. “It cannot have escaped your notice that the wealth gap has substantially widened since those times. Imported labour, zero hours contracts and the lack of representation is a big improvement for capitalism. It is hard to put a value on what stake the ordinary working man has in society. Pension funds get raided and redundancies are almost unchallengable.
    We threw the baby out with the bathwater. Are we better for it? I don’t think so”
    Philip Allso – SNAP!!!!!

  7. That’s why even without this pandemic, capitalism which appeared so benign in my childhood would have gotten still worse. Maybe after all this a new better than before communism can truly take a global hold, I would gladly swap American style liberty for it, freedoms if as always you can afford them… Corbynism has indeed been vindicated!

  8. In today’s world real community is found inside the huge refugee camps. Isolated and vulnerable, families and children who have nothing and who nobody wants. Living in tents. They only have each other.

  9. You don’t see at all Rob. We see YOU sniping at everyone in a sad, bitter way, regardless. It’s not censorship, it’s people ignoring your irrelevance.

  10. We?
    Are you one of the administrators that permits posts praising Corbyn but blocks those critical of him John?

  11. Rob, you aren’t a wee few weeks old blind kitten now, time to open your eyes and see the world as it really is. This is what this crisis is really about did you but know it. This is the reason it is global if you care to notice. It is about opening peoples’ eyes to another way of life. A more meaningful way. Life is never going to be the same again. Get used to it. The world is a much bigger place than the idea you have in your head right now and we are just a tiny part of it. Yet whatever we do here, policies and decisions (such as COVID19, can affect people on the other side of the globe (including the vulnerable and young children in refugee camps) and vica versa. We are all in this together my friend. We are all in the same boat. We need you to get rowing in harmony. Whatever political party you belong to or care about think about what is happening here and on the other side of the world. This crisis is bigger than being in your own tiny boat. Time to put your self aside and think about others for a change. Bless you. I hope you do.

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