Restart grant

The Restart Grant Scheme

Applications closed on 30 June 2021.

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

This is a new government scheme for business ratepayers. The government has made it compulsory to obtain information about your business to ensure eligibility for the restart grant payment, including pre-payment assurance checks.  We have emailed eligible businesses requesting the required information.

The Restart Grant Scheme for non-essential retail businesses

One off grant payment based on rateable value:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021, will receive a payment of £2,667
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999 on 1 April 2021, will receive a payment of £4,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021, will receive a payment of £6,000

Eligibility

  • You must be a business rate payer and trading on 1 April 2021
  • For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity.  This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover
  • Offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public
  • Businesses likely to have been required to cease retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Excluded non-essential retail businesses

For the purpose of this scheme: Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents, animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, banks, building societies and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, laundrettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies and businesses, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops.

The Restart Grant scheme for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses 

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England

One off grant payment based on rateable value:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, will receive a payment of £8.000
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999 ,will receive a payment of £12,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, will receive a payment of £18.000

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

Eligibility

  • You must be a business rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
  • Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public.
  • Businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
Excluded hospitality 

For the purposes of this scheme: food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes)

Leisure 

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

Eligibility

  • You must be a business rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods. 
  • Rely on seasonal labour. 
  • Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities. 
  • May operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding
Excluded leisure 

For the purposes of this scheme all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators.

Gym and sports 

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym & sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

Eligibility

  • You must be a business rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
  • Businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public.
  • Open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee.
  • Businesses that require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade.
  • Offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
Excluded Gym and sports

For the purposes of this scheme: home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Personal Care 

For the purposes of this scheme, a personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

Eligibility 
  • You must be a business rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments.
  • Provide services such as tattoos and piercings.
  • Businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment.
  • Offers services, treatments or activities that require social distancing and cleaning protocols, which have led to a reduction in their capacity to deliver personal care services.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
Excluded personal care

For the purposes of this scheme: businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services; businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others; businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.

Accommodation 

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other

Eligibility 

  • You must be a business rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes.
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
Excluded accommodation 

For the purposes of this scheme: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts. 

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