Up to £18,000 available in from Restart Grant for eligible businesses

Jurassic Coast Cruise from Sidmouth

Jurassic Coast Cruise from Sidmouth - Credit: East Devon District Council

Restart Grants are now available for businesses as the economy starts to re-open in line with Government’s roadmap. 

The new Restart Grant is a sector-based grant which is different from the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) – it could pay between £2,667 to £18,000 to eligible businesses.  

According to East Devon District Council, the latest figures show that £20,092,273 via 6363 LRSG payments, plus a further £2,444,992 via ARG payments was paid to East Devon businesses.   

Jake Stuart, owner of Stuartline Cruises in Exmouth, said: “My personal and heartfelt thanks go to councillors and officers for the approval of my grant application.  

“I represent the third generation of my family-run business.  

“The past year has been exceptionally challenging due to prolonged periods of closure and a resultant devastating impact on revenue but I am determined that, with the invaluable assistance of my colleagues, we will continue to contribute strongly to our district economy and local employment for many years to come.  

“My small team has worked so incredibly hard throughout the past year to ensure that we 'stay afloat' - so to speak, for which I am both grateful and extremely proud and with this additional financial support, I am beginning to feel much more optimistic about the future.  

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“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Council for its support and I look forward to continuing to serve our community.” 

Devon Deer farm red deer to produce venison for wholesale and to the public through farmers markets and shows.  

Sam Turner, Devon Deer’s owner, said: “To a small, young business the support from council officers means a lot.  

“Their commitment and dedication to help, as well as that of East Devon District Council, is extremely reassuring to myself and other business owners, I’m sure.” 

Businesses which have been legally required to close during the Coronavirus national and local restrictions can still apply for LRSG (closed) addendum February 16 to March 31 grants. The final LRSG grant will close on Sunday, May 30. 

For more information about business grants and how to apply visit eastdevon.gov.uk/business-grants 

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