BPCA calls on Chancellor to make COVID-19 Small Business Grant Fund work for pest companies

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The British Pest Control Association has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, asking him to make the Small Business Grant Fund work for the sector.

The Small Business Grant Fund requires a business to be registered with the local authority and be either:

  • Paying business rates; or
  • Receiving business rates relief and paying no rates.

Ian Andrew, BPCA chief executive, said: “For many of our members, operating from premises would be an unnecessary overhead, reducing the profitability and, therefore, Corporation Tax returns.

“You can run a successful enterprise, creating employment and contributing to the country by paying taxes, including Corporation Tax and providing employment, yet you cannot access the Small Business Grant Fund. That doesn’t seem fair to us.”

Write a letter to your MP
BPCA has created a letter template for pest management business owners to their MPs.

Mr Andrew said: “We encourage any pest management business without business premises to fill it out and send it to their MP, to ask for their support in changing how the Small Business Grant Fund works.”

To download the template letter, click HERE.

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