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£6m will be paid to 1,700 Pembrokeshire businesses today

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A FURTHER round of support for businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic has opened and 1,700 Pembrokeshire businesses will receive their share of the first £6m this week.

The Welsh Government has announced an extension of the Restrictions Business Fund to provide a payment for businesses affected by the national Covid-19 restrictions up to the end of March 2021.

The Restrictions Business Fund Top Up will be administered by Pembrokeshire County Council and a payment run of 1,700 grants will be made today (Feb 11).

The automated payments are for businesses that pay Non Domestic Rates (NDR) that previously received a grant under the Restrictions Business Fund and/or the grant to cover the Firebreak period.

If an automated payment has not been received by Monday (Feb 15), businesses are asked to please apply.

The following grants are available for non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses.

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or under will be eligible to receive a payment of £3,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value between £12,001 and £150,000 will be eligible to receive a payment of £5,000.
  • The Welsh Government is also extending the £5,000 grant through to businesses with a rateable value of up to £500,000.
  • Supply chain businesses will be able to apply for support if they have had a reduction in turnover of more than 40%.
  • The Welsh Government has also confirmed that a new discretionary grant for businesses who are not on the NDR register (limited companies with a turnover of between £10,000 and £50,000 and sole traders / partnerships with a turnover less than £85,000) is being made available.

This has been introduced to support businesses and sole traders that have been directly impacted by the additional restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19

This scheme will continue to be application based.

The Discretionary Restrictions Extension Grant opens for applications on Friday, 12th February.

The criteria and application process for both grants can be found at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

The webpage also includes a handy FAQ on the grants available as well as other support in place to aid businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have a query or question relating to the grants, please email covid19businesssupport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Businesses are kindly asked to be patient after applying for grants. The team will update customers once their application has been processed.

Councillor Paul Miller, the Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said: “My thanks go to the team who have worked incredibly hard to get this vital money out to Pembrokeshire businesses as soon as possible.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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