At the beginning of COVID-19 lockdown I noticed a lot of chatter on Facebook groups about small businesses waiting a long time to receive the £10,000 government grant via their local council. I also spotted some firms who had received their money really quickly. I thought it would be interesting to investigate the difference in grant payment times across the country to see how widely they varied. I knew this would be a large task since there are more than 300 local councils in England alone. I decided to hire an intern to handle the data and we worked together to produce this exclusive report for Moneywise.