A GLASS blower is gutted his bid for a crucial business grant was turned down.

Brighton Glass owner Gordon Kay is one of more than 600 firms in the city to be rejected for a discretionary grant by Brighton and Hove City Council.

He feels unique creative businesses such as his should have been prioritised.

“It would have secured our future up until the end of the year. I’ve only just paid my rent off,” Mr Kay said.

“My gas bill is the biggest as I have to use a lot of oxygen for the business.

“So my big plan was to use the £10,000 grant to start producing my own oxygen and secure the business’s future.

“It would have meant we could come out of the other side of this crisis stronger.

“Plus it would have helped with buying protective equipment, so I can provide it to people if they want it.

“It was gutting because I felt like I really qualified as one of those small, niche businesses. It took me two days to fill in the form.

“There are a lot of creative businesses around Brighton which need to be protected.

“I was hoping my business is the sort of one the council would like to save. I’ll just have to keep going.

“There aren’t any other glass blowers in Brighton. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in the South.”

More than 900 businesses applied for the city council’s discretionary fund, asking for a total of £10 million in much-needed cash.

But the council was only able to provide support to 304 businesses.

This is because the Government only allocated £3.67 million to the city council’s grant fund.

A council spokesman said it had asked the Government to keep leftover cash from other funds – but the Government had rejected the request.

“The online portal for applications was open from June 3 to June 12,” the spokesman said.

“A guide was produced, to enable applicants to have a better understanding of the questions being asked

“In this time the council received over 900 applications to the fund with claims to the value of more than £10 million.

“Unfortunately, the council was only allocated £3.67 million by Government which meant that there was a shortfall of more than £6 million.

“The grant process was based on the relevance of applications to the council’s economic and corporate strategy, as outlined in Government guidance.”