The Municipal programme to support local businesses through the ongoing pandemic starts on 3 May; however, traders who wish to have access to this range of local support measures can apply as of today.
For three months - May, June and July - the municipal incentive programme aimed at encouraging local, street and traditional trade economic recovery in Porto is to deliver discount vouchers to acceding traders; this means that for each 20 euros buying, the customer gets a 2 euro direct discount. The support programme consists of the cash discount clearing to accessing shops, restaurants, cafeterias, barber shops, hairdressers, beauticians, and wellness activities, and it is valid exclusively, in commercial establishments with an outdoor entrance and not larger than 250m2. The measure is entirely supported by Porto City Hall.
The campaign comes into effect on 3rd May and the municipal investment can amount to as much as 500 thousand euros. The Municipality of Porto takes over the 2-euro rebate in purchase equal or greater than 20 euros, up to a maximum of 100 euros per buying, in retail business that are included in the programme.
Accession to the programme is done via an appropriate application form – available at the Citizen Portal, aka, Portal do Munícipe or in-person at the Gabinete do Munícipe, upon previous appointment via the Linha Porto. 220 100 220, or by sending an email to email@example.com, indicating “Adesão ao Programa de incentivo à atividade comercial” in the subject line. Traders are reimbursed upon presentation of copies of invoices.
Alongside the form, shopkeepers shall indicate the commercial certificate and the IBAN. Also, businesses must have zero income tax liabilities and no debts to Social Security.