Back to business for Sudbury! Councillors go on joint walkabout to promote Brent’s new business support scheme

Brent Council has just released details of our own new £2.5 million ‘Back to Business’ grants scheme for businesses which have missed out on previous Government grants. For details, visit www.brent.gov.uk/businessgrants. On Saturday 19 June, we went out and about in Sudbury alongside Cllr Muhammed Butt, Barry Gardiner MP and Cllr Shama Tatler to promote the new scheme. We also used the opportunity to improve the planters in Sudbury town, and ask local firms new and old how we can help them survive and thrive.

Since March last year, Brent Council has delivered millions of pounds of support for local businesses hard-hit by Covid, but not all firms have been eligible for this support under the rules set by central Government. That’s why Brent Council has now stepped up to deliver its own ‘Back to Business’ grants scheme for those who have lost out on previous support. Businesses can see if they’re eligible by visiting: https://www.brent.gov.uk/your-community/coronavirus/businesses-and-employers/apply-for-the-back-to-business-grant/.

On Saturday 19th June, the three of us went out and about in Sudbury to promote the new scheme and speak with local firms about what more we can do to support them. We were delighted to be joined by Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North; Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council; and Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning.

It was great to see so many familiar faces out in the Sudbury high street, and great local shops have now re-opened and are back in business. But we were also delighted to see some welcome new additions, including an excellent new cafe right in the middle of Sudbury Town (pictured) – do pay them a visit when you get the chance!

The Back to Business grant is just one part of the suport we’re offering to local firms worst-hit by the pandemic. We’re also working hard to deliver further improvements to Sudbury’s local town centres, building on the investment in planters by the Mayor of London. We’ve stepped in to donate and plant our own greenery (see picture below), but quite a few outstanding businesses along the highstreet have taken it upon themselves to water and maintain the planters near them. We’re working with the Council to ensure they get some well-deserved recognition!

In addition, Brent Council also offers firms a lot of employment support. Amongst other things, you can place jobs locally via our own jobs brokerage service, Brent Works, and you can partner with us to create funded Kickstart job placements for 16-25 year-olds. For details, visit Brent Works’ website.

This is the first of several visits we’ll be paying to Sudbury businesses in the weeks ahead. Firms up Harrow Road and elsewhere will also be reached out to, as we’re keen to have conversations with every business owner we can to see how we can best support you.

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