Sutton United say they have received the government grant for small businesses, which the National League club say is vital in helping them meet their liabilities for the month of April.

In an update to supporters, the club explain: “As mentioned last week, we have asked all of our staff (other than our academy section) to accept furlough status, which enables us to participate in the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which in turn will make a significant contribution to our wage bill. We would like to say a big thank you to Matt and the management team and every player whose response has been just terrific throughout this process,.

“Other measures put in place by the government have allowed us to defer our payments due to HMRC and the VAT department and also forego this year’s business rates demand. We have just received the grant made available to small businesses by the Government, paid through the local authority, and this will help us to meet our liabilities in April.

“The Premier League has announced a significant sum to benefit clubs in the EFL and National League but this money is an advance of the solidarity money that would have been paid to clubs next season. It will certainly assist with cashflow.

“We’d also like to thank our Supporters’ Club, who have just made their annual end of season donation, a little over £4,000.  This is very timely and we are very appreciative that they were still able to do this at this time.”

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