The grants, which were made available last week, have been created to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They are funded by the government but distributed to businesses by local councils.
In Thurrock, 340 local businesses have received their payments. The first 47 were paid on Friday 3 April. After the finance tram working through the weekend another 293 were ready for payment today (Monday 6 April.