WELSH Government has pledged to support more businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jack Sargeant, MS for Alyn and Deeside, said he welcomes the Welsh Labour Government’s announcement that they will be supporting more businesses in Flintshire.

Welsh Government Economy Minister Ken Skates MS, has announced that he will be launching phase 2 of the Economic Resilience Find and that he will be opening it up to even more business.

This will include micro-businesses that are not VAT registered.

The second phase of the Economic Resilience Fund will open in Wales in June, with the eligibility checker launching on the 15th - with non-VAT registered Ltd firms able to apply.

The £400m ERF was launched by the Welsh Government in March and has received more than 9,500 applications, with over 6,000 offers already made to date - worth over a £100m.

Mr Sargeant says he has been working hard to convince the Welsh Government to support micro-businesses, following a number of them asking him for help in his Alyn and Deeside constituency.

The COVID-19 crisis has meant has affected businesses across Flintshire and many have received support from Flintshire Council and the Welsh Labour Government.

Jack Sargeant MS said: “I have been in constant contact with Welsh Government calling for this fund to be extended to include micro-businesses and I am delighted they have responded.

“These are really tough times for businesses in Flintshire and I ma here to help. My office has already supported many businesses to get funding and we are working with many others.

“I would also like to thank Deeside Business Forum and Askar Sheibani for all the great work they are doing to support local businesses during COVID.”