An independent jeweller has benefited from Middlesbrough Council’s decision to award grants before government money was recieved in order to support local businesses and workers as quickly as possible.
Millions of pounds worth of business grants have been awarded by Middlesbrough Council to help safeguard jobs during coronavirus lockdown – and Hillier Jewellers has been one of the recipients.
Adam Hillier, who runs the business with brother Lewis, tells The Northern Echo that receiving the grant head of government funds has been beneficial to the business.
He says: “For myself the speed it came through was brilliant and makes a huge difference.
“We are still having to look at Government loans as a safety net because we don’t know what the next four or five months are going to bring.”
To further support businesses, charges in all council pay and display car parks and on-street parking meters have been suspended to support any key workers still needing to travel into town.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston tells the local paper: “We knew straight away how much of a lifeline these grants would be to protect local jobs and that’s why we took the decision to go out on a limb and start awarding grants before we’d received even a single penny from the government.
“I think that support from within the council and from council officers says a lot about how determined we are to sustain jobs in Middlesbrough and grow job opportunities for everyone.”
Family-run Hillier Jewellers has been trading in Middlesbrough for over 40 years. It can be found in the heart of Middlesbrough city centre.