Salisbury Business Improvement District

More financial support announced for Salisbury

15th July 2018

Theresa May has announced a £5 million support package to Salisbury and Amesbury to help 'further support businesses, boost tourism and meet unexpected costs' in the wake of the nerve agent attacks in the last four months.

This new package is in addition to the £2.5 million that has been made available since March to support the local community.

The £5m support package

• £927,000 to provide immediate support to local businesses and to counter their loss of earnings
• £997,000 to support Wiltshire Council's response and recovery costs
• £870,000 to boost the vital tourism industry in the region (including £570,000 for free parking and park & ride services)
• £2.5 million in special grant funding to cover extra costs incurred by Wiltshire Police

How to apply for the business support funding

• Contact The Growth Hub on 01225 402096 or The Enterprise Network Centre on 01722 567345 to arrange a meeting with a business adviser.
• The business adviser will discuss the issues you are facing, including any financial requirements, whether short-term support needs or longer term business growth needs.
• The business adviser will support you through any application for funding if applicable and remain as your adviser for as long as you need.

Click here for more information.

Salisbury BID members are also encouraged to contact us if we can provide any additional support to you and your business.

Theresa May, Prime Minister, said:

"The people of Salisbury and Amesbury have shown incredible resilience, both since March and in light of last week's tragic events.

"The Government will stand in full support of the local community and this funding package will ensure ongoing response and recovery needs are met.

"We will continue to work closely with local partners in South Wiltshire on the long-term recovery from these terrible incidents."

Baroness Jane Scott, the Leader of Wiltshire Council, said:

"I welcome the announcement of the Prime Minster today (11 July) regarding the £2.8m support package for Salisbury and Amesbury from government.

"The impact of both incidents in Amesbury and Salisbury is undoubtedly having an impact and support is urgently needed to assist our local communities and businesses. Since the first incident in March the city of Salisbury has shown its resilience and had started to get back to normal and footfall was slowly increasing. The second incident has inevitably hit hard and everyone is devastated at the tragic death of Dawn Sturgess.

"We recognise that recovery and the return to normal business will take time. This additional funding of £2.8m to support the council is vital. We will continue to allocate the resources needed, both people and funding, to assist the communities and the businesses directly affected by these extraordinary events. Working closely with those impacted we can continue to allocate grants and Business Rate Relief and do all we can to make sure they can sustain this difficult period.

"We are working closely with our local and national partners to make sure that we can provide essential support to the communities and businesses affected by these unprecedented incidents."