Firms praise council over Covid-19 support18 March 2021
Businesses in Wyre Forest have praised the support they’ve received from Wyre Forest District Council during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the country prepares to mark the first anniversary of the pandemic with a national day of reflection next week (Tuesday 23 March) the council continues to receive many messages of thanks from local firms for the swift grant aid and support they’ve received.
The council’s revenues team has passed on over £30m in grant funding to companies hit by the restrictions and lockdowns over the last year.
Robin Lapham from The Antique Centre, Kidderminster said: “Throughout this crisis the team at Wyre Forest District Council has been faultless. I don’t think we could have had a better council for help and advice. I would like to thank them very much.”
Susan Cole, the owner of Blossoms Tea Rooms, Stourport said: "I really appreciate the fast and efficient way the council team dealt with my claim. My business has been closed more than open in the last 12 months and things were getting pretty tough.
“I was so relieved and surprised at the speed at which my claim was dealt with, the ease of applying and the staff showed great respect and compassion for the position I was in.”
Cabinet Member for Finance Councillor Mary Rayner said: “This last year has certainly taken its toll. There has been great personal suffering and loss, in particularly for those who have lost loved ones.
“It has also had a devastating impact on many businesses – particularly those who have had to close completely, affecting income and putting jobs at risk.
“I’m very proud of our teams who have been able to support local businesses with advice and grant aid and we will continue to do all we can to help our local economy here in Wyre Forest recover as fast as we can as we emerge out of the pandemic.”
More information about support for businesses during the pandemic is available on the council’s website.