The first Island businesses are seeing payments of the government-funded omicron hospitality and leisure grant arrive in their bank accounts.

But the Isle of Wight Council is warning business owners to check their eligibility and apply, or risk losing out.

The government-funded omicron hospitality and leisure grant scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses.

This latest round of support was announced at the end of last year, with funds arriving on the Island in January.

One-off grants of up to £6000 are on offer to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses which were operating from business-rated premises on 30 December 2021.

Applications must be made through the Isle of Wight Council’s website, and the council is keen to ensure that no Island businesses fail to claim the money they are entitled to.

Councillor Julie Jones-Evans explained: “Now we are starting to make these one-off grant payments, it’s clear the fund will be of genuine help to some businesses.

“We’ve had plenty of applications, but our own calculations tell us that there are still many eligible businesses who have not applied yet.

“So please, just check the information on our website, and if you think you are eligible, get your application in.

“Money is being given out right now, and your business could be entitled to a share.

“I don’t want a single Island business to miss out.”

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