Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan

Khan launches £300,000 fund for businesses impacted by recent tragedies

The Mayor of London has announced his intention to establish a new fund to help businesses which have been impacted by recent terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Khan is setting aside around £300,000 which will be made available for businesses which have been unable to trade or otherwise directly affected following recent appalling events.

Through the fund, the mayor will also ensure businesses receive the advice and support they need to get back on their feet.

He has instructed City Hall officials to establish the fund urgently so that companies, particularly small businesses, can obtain funding and access support immediately.

Khan believes that London’s businesses situated close to terror scenes and the Grenfell Tower fire are amongst the hidden victims of the recent horrific events seen in the capital.

The mayor is also calling on government to match his support and investment.

He said: “London has endured a very difficult few months and no one will ever forget the lives lost and people injured in recent terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

“While the human cost of these events has been unimaginable, there has also been a financial cost to many businesses which have found themselves unable to trade.

“I want this fund up and running as a matter of urgency so that it can help those businesses, particularly family owned or small ones which may be struggling due to these appalling events.

“I will also be asking the government to match this funding pound for pound.”

A relief fund has already been established for traders at Borough Market and the mayor’s new scheme will make its first contribution towards this fund.

Further details will be announced in due course.