Cllr Kate Groucutt
Cllr Kate Groucutt
Businesses in St Helens Borough impacted by the coronavirus pandemic that may not have been eligible for previous support grants are invited to apply for a share of an additional £8.1m funding package which launches next week.

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Due to the success of Liverpool City Region (LCR) local authorities disbursing more than £40m of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding prior to the 30 June 2021 deadline, the government has extended support and an additional £8.1m of funding has been allocated, with councils receiving an amount based on per head of population. St Helens Borough Council has been given £940,172.

The new share of ARG – known as the LCR “Trading On Scheme” – is intended to support small and medium-sized businesses and charities in any sector that (in some cases) may not have been previously eligible for previous ARG schemes but can provide evidence that they have been severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

Councillor Kate Groucutt, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Business, who is also the LCR’s Deputy Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector, said:  

“Businesses have had it extremely tough this past 18 months and I share their frustrations, as many have fallen through the cracks when it has come to being eligible for Government support grants.

“I’m delighted that, together with colleagues across the Liverpool City Region, we are able to offer this new funding which will support even more businesses to recover and rebuild from the damage Covid has caused to the local economy.

“Our officers are on hand – as they have been during previous grant schemes – to support businesses every step of the way with advice and guidance on completing your application.”

The window for applications opens 10.00am on Monday 25 October 2021 and closes 5.00pm, Friday 12 November 2021.

For more information on the LCR “Trading On Scheme” visit

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