Havering businesses that paid for certain licences in the last year can now apply for a refund as part of the Council’s comprehensive support package for local small businesses.
From today (Wednesday 2 June), businesses that paid for Special Treatment Licences, Pavement Licences, or Premises Licences for Marriage or Civil Partnership venues are eligible for a full refund on those fees.
To be eligible, licences must have been in effect during the pandemic.
Businesses can claim back the licence fee paid for the last year, as well as up to one renewal – even if the licence has not yet been renewed. For many businesses, this will mean that the Council will cover the licence fees for two years.
Throughout the pandemic, Havering Council has distributed over £60 million in Government grants to businesses across the borough. Havering’s Discretionary Grant Scheme has provided vital funds to a wide range of local businesses that have been affected by COVID-19, according to those most in need.
The Council has held several live question and answer sessions with businesses to give them a say in where these limited funds would be best spent.
Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:
“The last year has been incredibly tough for small businesses, with many being unable to trade despite having paid out for licences and countless other costs.
“This new £140,000 package of support allows us to make a further small contribution to the survival of small businesses that are so important to our community”.
Operators of more than five venues or premises are excluded from this grant.
Eligible businesses need to claim their refund no later than 5pm on Friday 18 June 2021. Unfortunately, late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Claims can be made through Havering Council’s website, via the following link: https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20191/coronavirus_covid_19/761/coronavirus_-_support_for_businesses/2#feerefund
Given the tight turnaround time, applicants should ensure they have all of the correct information before making claim, as the grant team will be unable to chase missing or incorrect information.
All eligible claims will be paid on 29 June 2021.