Buckinghamshire residents who work at one of the region’s many furniture and furnishing businesses are being encouraged to contact industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company for help if they have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
The charity, which has been supporting the welfare of people in the industry for more than 100 years, has been awarding Personal Support Grants to members of the trade to help mitigate against the loss of earnings people are experiencing as a result of being furloughed, made redundant, unable to work or a diminished order book.
The Personal Support Grants the charity is awarding people are based on each applicant’s situation with the duration of the support depending on their changing circumstances.
- Individuals can apply for a monthly grant of £200 for a maximum of four months
- Married couples can apply for a monthly grant of £250 for a maximum of four months
- Sole traders can apply for a one-off grant of £500.
Jonny Westbrooke, CEO of The Furniture Makers Company, said: “Our message is simple: if you work in the furnishing industry in any function and you’re struggling to pay your monthly bills, we may be able to help you. Our team are processing applications very quickly and we can get money in people’s accounts within a couple of days, provided we have all the information needed.”
The Furniture Makers’ Company is the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishings industry.
The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers is incorporated by Royal Charter.
The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’ Charitable Funds incorporating the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association is a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1015519) and a registered company (no. 02759359) in England and Wales.