STRUGGLING Bracknell Forest businesses will get more than £9 million in the next three weeks. 

This comes as the council starts to roll out government-funded grants for companies forced to shut down during the coronavirus crisis. 

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23 businesses will see the first batch of payments come their way with others set to claim their cash in the coming fortnight as forms are processed. 

Councillor Peter Heydon, Bracknell Forest Council’s finance boss, said: “My thanks go to the council’s hard-working revenue team, they have been meticulous in ensuring that we get this necessary funding back to our local businesses as soon as possible. 

“It hasn’t been an easy process as the team has had to make sure all claims are valid, and the correct level of funding is awarded.

“It’s extremely important we get this money out to our local businesses as soon as possible and while we have written to everyone we believe are eligible.”

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If you think your company is entitled to funding but hasn’t received a letter, get in contact with the council by emailing or by calling 01344 352000.

In total, £9.4 million will be paid out to support local firms forced to limit their operations during the lockdown. 

The grants will be paid straight into business bank accounts to reduce the need for unnecessary travel, as per the government’s restriction rules.

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General advice and guidance on business support during coronavirus for suppliers and local businesses can be found on the council’s website here.

Businesses can also get support and advice via the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub website.