More than 1,150 local businesses have been received financial help thanks to the Thurrock Council and the hard work being done to distribute government business grants.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "This government scheme offers businesses a vital lifeline during an extremely uncertain time. We have pulled out all the stops to make sure that we get this money to them as quickly and efficiently as possible and I am delighted to announce that we have put nearly £15million worth of government support grants in the bank accounts of 1,126 local businesses.
"Although we have made sure that 60% of businesses have received their money already we still want to hear from any business owner who thinks they are eligible but hasn’t received a grant. All we need is the correct contact and bank details and we will usually get the grant paid within one working day of receiving that information.
"We want to make sure that every eligible business gets the money they are due and the sooner we have the correct details for local businesses the faster we can make their payment."
The grants, which were made available at the start of April, have been created to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They are funded by the government but distributed to businesses by local councils.
It is now imperative that any business owner who thinks their business is eligible for a grant but hasn’t received one yet, goes to the council's business rates web pages and updates their contact and payment details through the government cash grants for businesses form.
The government has created an online service to help business owners find out exactly what financial support is available to them. Go to GOV.UK: Find coronavirus financial support for your business.