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COVID Recovery Grants for the Visitor and Wider Economy

The report requests approval for Lancashire County Council to apply for £1,544,072 of European Regional Development Fund resources to deliver COVID 19 Recovery grants, in its role as Accountable Body for the Lancashire Business Growth Hub BOOST. The grants will form part of a national programme to support Small and Medium Size enterprises, with a discrete allocation for those in the Visitor Economy, in adapting to new trading conditions to aid recovery from the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 06/08/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
This decision should be implemented immediately for the purposes of Standing Order C29 as any delay could adversely affect the execution of the county council's responsibilities. The reason for this is that the bid for additional resources is in response to recent Ministerial announcements allocating resources to Growth Hubs to provide grants. The challenges of the COVID 19 mean that businesses are being required to change the way they operate and deliver services in quite a rapid way. As a result the grant programme is required to be operational as soon as is feasible.

Anticipated restriction: Part I  -

Decision due: 6 Aug 2020 by Cabinet

Lead member: Leader of the County Council

Contact: Sean McGrath Email: Tel: 01772 531053.


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