When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Alivini saw its business plummet by 90% overnight, which was largely due to its reliance on the hotel trade.
A spokesperson said: “Business is now growing and the company looks to the future with renewed confidence following the financial boost from the Covid-19 Supplementary Relief Fund (CARF).”
The company was founded in 1975 to supply wines and foods from all regions of Italy.
Nigel Linton, Alivini’s account manager, said: “Before the pandemic, 90% of our business was in the restaurant business and we saw that literally disappear overnight. It was an extremely difficult time for us and we were losing a lot of money every month.
“We are extremely grateful to our loyal customers who have stayed with us and as a result we are gradually rebuilding the business to pre-pandemic levels.
“We heard about CARF from Leeds City Council and have decided to ask for help with the difficulties not only caused by Covid, but also by the current cost of living crisis.”
He continued: “The support we have received has literally made the difference between continuing or considering closing the Leeds outlet and reducing the size of the overall operations.
“It was an extremely simple process, and I would definitely recommend that all eligible businesses in the district apply immediately.”
Alivini’s portfolio includes the Santa Margherita, Col d’Orcia and award-winning Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento brands.
The spokesperson said: “Under the CARF scheme, businesses that pay business rates to Leeds City Council and can demonstrate a significant loss of revenue during the 21/22 accounting period, can claim a share of the £24m Covid relief funding. the program ends on September 30, 2022, so companies are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.”
Robert Henderson, economic development program manager at Leeds City Council, said: “Any business that pays rates in Leeds and has suffered a significant reduction in revenue during the pandemic should consider applying. Already more than 200 businesses shared more than £5million in refunds by taking a few minutes to look at the criteria and complete the application online.
“Many businesses with premises in Leeds have seen their income or losses associated with the pandemic through no fault of their own, and this funding is intended to give those businesses a boost to help them recover faster. impact.
“Unlike many other government support programs, the Covid-19 Supplemental Relief Fund is open to most industries, from logistics and warehousing to manufacturing and professional services, and the rewards are calculated based on their 2021/22 tariffs charge so big rates payers can claim large six-figure sums if they act quickly.”