This includes a £95m million High Street Voucher Scheme utilizing a pre-paid Card. We welcome this scheme while we await the actual details of how it will be implemented.
There is a further £55 million to extend the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme to include non-essential retail, leisure, and entertainment businesses now forced to close.
Newry BID welcomes this additional financial intervention at this extremely difficult time for businesses. Our priority however remains to get this much-needed finance into business accounts.
There are many organizations that have yet to receive the first round of funding support.
We will be lobbying to ensure that this process is significantly sped up as we make our way towards a second lockdown.