Self-employed urged to apply for grants

Self-employed people in Kent are being urged to check their eligibility for a Government grant worth up to £6,570.

With a number of other Government grant schemes ending in August, KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mike Whiting and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Jo James are urging self-employed people in Kent and Medway affected by the Covid-19 lockdown to apply for support from the scheme

Launched by the Government in August, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) offers a grant worth 70% of monthly trading profits for three months in a single sum worth up to £6,750. Both self-employed people and those in a partnership whose business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus are eligible for the funding.

The announcement of this additional grant follows a first round of the scheme in July, with earlier recipients – and those who did not apply previously  – all able to apply for support.

KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mike Whiting welcomed the second round of the scheme and highlighted the importance of self-employed to the Kent economy.

He said: “The government has indicated that 106,000 self-employed people in Kent and Medway are eligible for this scheme which may provide a lifeline for them.

“With over 20% still to be awarded funds we want to ensure that everyone who is self-employed knows about the support that’s out there and can access the grant if they are eligible. Self-employed people are critical to the Kent economy and to our local economic recovery.”

Jo James, Chief Executive of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce which runs the Kent & Medway Growth Hub, added: “Through the Kent & Medway Growth Hub’s Covid-19 Business Support Helpline, we have received over 10,000 calls from businesses seeking advice on what support they can get to help them through the business impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Many of the grants ended in August but the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended to give self-employed people further help. To get more information on SEISS and on all support being offered to businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, including our free one-to-one business recovery advice sessions, just call our expert Kent & Medway business advisers on 03333 602300.”

Applications for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme must be received by Government on or before 19 October.

  1. Full details of the Government’s the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme.
  2. For information about SEISS and all national and local Covid-19 support for business based in Kent & Medway, call the Kent & Medway Growth Hub Covid-19 Business Support Helpline on 03333 602300 or visit https://southeastbusiness.org.uk/kent-medway/coronavirus-guidance-for-employers/
Self-employed urged to apply for grants was last modified: September 2nd, 2020 by Murray Evans