Thurrock Council has already helped local businesses get over £4.3 million worth of government support grants.
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.
It is imperative that businesses provide the council with the relevant details through the online form to receive their grant where eligible.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "The government grants offer businesses a vital lifeline in these difficult times and we are doing everything we can to make sure local businesses get them as quickly as possible.
"Thurrock Council is here to help and we want to make sure that we have the correct contact and payment details. That is why we are asking anyone who thinks their business might be eligible to go to our website and fill in the online form as soon as they can.
"The sooner we have the correct details for local businesses the faster we can make sure they get their money. My thanks to my finance colleagues for going above the usual call of duty by working through the weekend to continue processing these vital payments."
The best way for local businesses who have not received their grant yet to speed up payment is to make sure that the council has the correct contact and payment details to enable swift payment to businesses, many of which will be closed and cannot receive post.
Any business owner who thinks they are eligible for one of these grants should go to Thurrock Council's business rates web pages to find out more about the help on offer and update their contact and payment details through the online form.