Park Radio in Diss is to receive £2,000 of a £3 Million discretionary business grants administered by South Norfolk and Broadland District Council.
Community stations such as Park Radio rely on local adverstisng revenue to fund the station. But, due the three national lockdowns since March 2020, the station has suffered great financial loss. This grant will help the Diss, Harleston, and Eye station with running costs.
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Chris Moyes, Station Manager and Director, who has been working with Park Radio since it started in 2010, thinks local radio has been comfort for local people.
”With many listeners being confined to and now working from home, the company of the local radio station has been a real morale boost and friend during these tricky and uncertain times,” he said.
The discretionary business grant from South Norfolk Council is to help hundreds of local businesses in South Norfolk and Broadland that have so far not been able to access any other Covid-19 financial support.
Our discretionary business grant scheme is now open to new applicants from businesses of all sizes that are:
☑️ Home based or based in business premises
☑️ Paying business rates or not
☑️ Self-employed or employing staff
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Cabinet Member for South Norfolk Council, Councillor Lisa Neal, said, “The pandemic has had a devastating effect on some of our local businesses, we are doing all we can to ensure that when we come through this, our businesses will be able to continue and thrive.”
Chris Moyes talks live on air about the future for the community station in lockdown.
The Cabinet Member for Broadland District Council, Councillor Jo Copplestone, has also urged that any business that needs support should “get in touch and find out what funding they may be eligible for.”