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Dedicated teamwork sees grants go live

Eastbourne Borough Council officers have been burning the midnight oil to fast-track Government grants to small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sector a week ahead of schedule.

The scheme, which went live on Thursday April 9, will act as a lifeline to hundreds of businesses reeling from the impact of Covid-19.

The Government-funded support scheme will see grants of between £10,000 or £25,000 given to eligible local businesses.

Council leader David Tutt said the grants would being welcome relief to anxious business owners, and praised council officers for their amazing work.

"Employers in our town are under immense pressure from the Covid-19 fall-out, " Cllr Tutt said. "This grant will give them a welcome breathing space as they plan for a new business, retail, hospitality and leisure world when we come out the other end of this terrible pandemic.

"Our officers have understood the importance of these grants and have worked late into the nights to set up the system and make it work," he said. "What a great team effort to help keep our town on its feet."

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell welcomed the Government's £21.5m coronavirus support for the town. She said: "Many businesses, restaurants, shops and leisure outlets will be able to access lifeline funds through these grants and now have a fighting chance of coming through this present crisis.

"I am delighted the Government has been able to make these payments happen and has moved at such pace. This is unprecedented support at a time of unprecedented challenge."

The council website - - has a dedicated portal where SMEs can register.

For more information on business support during the coronavirus crisis please visit

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