DORSET Council has reached a milestone having paid out more than £100million to just over 8,000 small businesses across the county.
The council was given about £134million from government to distribute to businesses from the retail, hospitality and leisure sector in the Dorset Council area, which have been adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19.
Cllr Gary Suttle, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “To have paid out more than £100million to thousands of businesses in the Dorset Council area in such a short space of time is a real achievement.
“We drafted in colleagues from across the organisation to help when we realised what a huge task this was, handed to us from government. The team has worked tirelessly to get these much-needed cash injections to businesses, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to them.”
Councillor Suttle said the council still had £28million to distribute to Dorset businesses that meet the criteria, and appealed for business owners who have not yet applied for a grant through this funding to do so at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/business-grants
Further grants have been made available via a Discretionary Fund, but applications for this have now closed with more that 1,700 received by the council.