Welsh businesses still affected by coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs, the First Minister has announced.
The support is the first phase of a £200m package earmarked for the incoming Welsh Government to help businesses affected by the pandemic.
This next package of business support comes as the Welsh Government confirmed up to six people from six different households will be able to meet in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes, and pubs, when they open from May 17.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Welsh Government has provided more than £2bn to tens of thousands of businesses across the country to help them through the pandemic.
This latest support package will help those businesses, which remain affected by restrictions, to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.
An eligibility checker will open on the Business Wales website at midday on 17 May so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.
Businesses will be able submit applications by the end of the month and they will receive between £2,500 and £25,000 depending on their circumstances. Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.
This support is in addition to the Welsh Government’s £610m non-domestic rates relief which will mean more than 70,000 retail, leisure and hospitality businesses pay no rates in 2021-22.
Businesses that stand to benefit include:
nightclubs and late entertainment venues
events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes
supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions
Ministers have made an immediate decision to release funding to support businesses affected by the restrictions but there will be further decisions for the incoming Welsh Government to make about further support, to help businesses recover and develop when restrictions are relaxed further.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
"The public health situation continues to improve in Wales – we have the lowest coronavirus rates and the best vaccination rates in the UK.
"We know the restrictions have helped to keep us all safe but they have had a big impact on Welsh businesses, which is why we are making more funding available to support firms and safeguard jobs.
“Eligible businesses will receive support of up to £25k as they prepare to reopen and move towards more normal trading conditions."