Government’s £½m boost for borough’s night-time economy

Pubs, clubs, restaurants and leisure businesses are being encouraged by the council to apply for a £10,000 grant to help boost the borough’s night-time economy.

Boost: 50 Croydon businesses in its night-time economy will get £10,000. The rest… zilch

But hurry: the money won’t go far.

Croydon has received £500,000 from the government under its “Evening and Night-time Economy Grant”, and the council is distributing the cash in 10-grand wedges to 50 businesses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Which is probably easier for the council to administer, but may not be the best way of ensuring the cash gets to those covid-hit businesses in greatest need. Hey ho, welcome to Labour-run Croydon in 2021…

“The new grant applies to businesses including pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels with a bar or restaurant, sports clubs, theatres and independent cinemas,” the council says.

To qualify for the new grant, businesses must pay a monthly mortgage or rent on physical trading premises in Croydon; need to have been trading on January 5 2021 (even if they could not be open); and will need to prove that their premises would be open to paying customers at 9pm at least five days a week outside the pandemic.

The eligibility criteria are published on the council website here.

“It is a grant, not a loan, so it does not need to be paid back,” the council announcement states in that particularly patronising tone which assumes that all residents are idiots.

Some of the borough’s pubs, restaurants and clubs were first boarded up last March

The council has promised to pay all grants to successful applicants within 28 days of receiving their application. This would be a breakthrough, given the council’s bungled and delayed distribution of lockdown business grants last year.

“Businesses that have received funding from either last autumn’s first phase of the Additional Restrictions Grant schemes or the current Phase 2 can still apply for this latest grant if they are eligible,” the council says.

“Businesses can also apply even if they have received funding from any of the Local Restrictions Support Grant schemes.

“Businesses that applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme or are in receipt of a Bounce Back Loan are also eligible to apply for this scheme.”

Manju Shahul-Hameed, the council cabinet member who presided over last year’s omnishambles business grant distribution, said, “I hope eligible businesses apply for this new grant.” Which is nice.

Business owners who need extra support and advice can also email the council at

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2 Responses to Government’s £½m boost for borough’s night-time economy

  1. Lewis White says:

    There are thousands of musicians in London who have not played or sung in public for over a year. (and no doubt stand-up comdedians too)

    Wouldn’t it be great to go out to local restaurants, cafes and pubs and hear these musicians and comedians perform ?

    Most of these eateries and drinkeries do not have a licence for entertainment, live music or recorded music. Hence no live performances.

    It would be great if the Government made such licences for LIVE performance free of charge to such outlets, for at least 1 year, ideally 2 years, nation wide.

    This would inject some real new life into these venues, encourage us to go ot and spend, and above all, provide much needed employment for musicians and performers.

  2. robert says:

    Great idea. sadly Croydon run by a lot of clueless idiots. so it will not happen. I remember 25 years ago loads of venues with music and Croydon was the night club capital of the south.

    if they want some guidance look at the Eastbourne bandstand booked out with bands all summer.

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