Mrs Johnson said: “It was such a worry. I have worked since I was 15 years old and now, not only could I not earn any money, but I was having to pay back the loan and other bills without any idea of how I was going to manage.
“The Business Support Team were so kind, so calm and so helpful. It was like a breath of fresh air. They talked me through everything I needed to do and it was quick and easy to apply for the grant. I love my job and have been taking lots of online courses to keep me relevant for when the restrictions are lifted. Working with the Council’s Business Team has been a really positive experience for me.”
Cabinet member for Economic Development, Councillor Jo Copplestone said Broadland District Council has already given £26m from the Govt as financial assistance to eligible local businesses and it is leading the way to help them survive the current crisis.
Cllr Copplestone said: “Being able to offer support through grants will give businesses a helping hand to get through these difficult times. Local businesses are a vital part of our economy and their survival is a priority for us.
“Our Business Support Team is doing a fantastic job. This is a grant and not a loan. It is aimed at keeping businesses afloat. We want to make sure no-one who is eligible misses out on getting the help they need so Broadland can be back to doing business once the crisis is over.”