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UPDATED INFORMATION Hitchin Town Centre Businesses 21/1/21
The Business Support Packages have now gone live.
This is one application called Business Support Package and will cover the payment for both the National Restriction for the 6 week period 5th January to 15th February and the one-off Retail, Hospitality & Leisure payment.
 
I have detailed below the 3 most recent grants available for your information.
 
Claiming for businesses forced to close in Tier 4 26th December 2020 to 4th January 2021
Rateable Value up to £15,000 - £476.43
Rateable Value up to £51,000 - £714.29
Rateable Value over £51,000 - £1071.43
 
Claiming for national lockdown for businesses forced to close from 5th January 2021 to 15th February 2021
Rateable Value up to £15,000 - £2001
Rateable Value up to £51,000 - £3000
Rateable Value over £51,000 - £4500
 
One off grant for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses forced to close.
Rateable Value up to £15,000 - £4000
Rateable Value up to £51,000 - £6000
Rateable Value over £51,000 - £9000
 
Please CLICK HERE to apply 

Applications can be prefilled using information from previous applications. If you have any questions around eligibility or assistance in completing the application please contact: revenues@north-herts.gov.uk
 
Landlords
I received a number of emails and calls asking for advise on how to approach landlords with additional support requests. I have since spoken to a number of local landlords and formulated some guidance. If you are looking to contact your landlord and would like some additional advice, please email tom.hardy@hitchinherts.com
 
Business Interruption Insurance
In my last update email, I sent you a list of solicitors that can deal with business interruption claims. Please note, the use of these solicitors should be the last resort. In the first instance you should make contact with your insurance company or broker to clarify whether the High Court ruling has now affected the outcome of your claim.
 
Although the following insurance companies may be able to access funding, their fees vary and may result in you receiving a substantially reduced pay-out.  

Ashman’s Solicitors
https://www.ashmanssolicitors.com/legal-services/solicitor-business-interruption-claims/
Lex Law
https://lexlaw.co.uk/specialist-business-interruption-insurance-claim-lawyer-policyholder-insurance-covid-19-coronavirus-litigation-settlement-fca-advice/
Wright Hassall
https://www.wrighthassall.co.uk/coronavirus-and-business-interruption-insurance
 
Reopening Campaign
To ensure we are ready to welcome back visitors to the town centre once restrictions start to lift, we have been busy preparing a reopening campaign. This will consist of a one-off Hitchin Town Centre newspaper delivered to all residents in Hitchin, promotional material around the town welcoming the public back, social media campaigns, a town centre promotional video and speciality shopping maps. We are also undertaking substantial improvements to the Hitchinbasket.com website, launching a new Hitchin Business awards and investigating the delivery of a town centre spring clean project. If you have any additional suggestions you’d like us to consider, please email tom.hardy@hitchinherts.com