New outdoor trading grants offered

Bradford Council is offering local businesses in the hospitality and visitor economy sectors additional new support to cover costs associated with reopening this week.

Up to £1,500 is available through the Bradford Council Outdoor Trading Grant to help local small businesses pay for outdoor furniture and equipment which many have purchased to allow them to open under the recently relaxed restrictions.

Along with the authority’s new pavement extensions, the Outdoor Trading Grant is designed to assist businesses to operate in Covid-safe open air trading spaces.

The grant will help businesses offer alternative outdoor trading spaces to attract customers back to the area’s high streets.

To be eligible, businesses must first make sure they have a free Outdoor Seating licence which is available through the authority’s Highways Department.

Businesses that already have their own outdoor space as part of their business premises may also apply for a grant.

Furniture and equipment must have been purchased after 1 February 2021 and receipts will need to be provided.

An application form will be available on Bradford Council’s website from Friday, 16 April. Applications close 31 May 2021.

To find out more about grants available through Bradford Council, visit www.bradford.gov.uk/business. To apply for an Outdoor Seating License visit www.bradford.gov.uk/business/licensing/terms-and-conditions-for-an-outdoor-seating-licence

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