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Business help and support during Coronavirus

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10. Christmas Support Payment

The Christmas Support Payment supports open and closed wet-led pubs that mainly serve drinks rather than provide food and have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.

There is no definitive description of a traditional pub or public house in law that could be readily used to determine eligibility. However, for the purposes of this grant, pubs should, under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions):

  • be open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar

This definition of a pub excludes: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

A wet-led pub is defined for this purpose as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

Businesses that are in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support can also receive this payment.

You can apply if:

  • your business is in an area subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 local restrictions since 2 December 2020
  • in normal trading times the business receives less than 50% of its income from the sale of food
  • your business was established in the pub before 1 December 2020

You cannot apply if your business:

  • in normal trading times receives more than 50% of its income from the sale of food
  • has exceeded the permitted state aid threshold
  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register

If successful you will receive a single payment of £1000.

The grant award is at our discretion, our decision is final, and there is no right of appeal.

You must notify us if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.

New Pub businesses set up after 29 December 2020 will not be eligible.

Final applications were originally to end on 31 January 2021 however this has now been extended to 28 February 2021.

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More info about the journey

You will need the following information to complete this form:

  • your business rate reference (eight digit number beginning with a 3)
  • your VAT number/UTR code/company number or charity number
  • your latest full bank statement covering the November 2020 trading period - this can be a photo or screenshot but must clearly show the name on the account, your sort code and account number. This will be the account into which the payment will be made if your claim is successful
  • accounts dated no later than 11 March 2020 or any other evidence (e.g. your sales spreadsheet) to confirm that less than 50% of your income comes from sales of food

We will process your Christmas Support Payment application as quickly as possible.

If we have any questions about the information you have provided we will contact you directly.

We will notify you by email of the outcome and if successful we will make the payment by BACS transfer to the account details you have provided.

This scheme will close on 29 December 2020 and final applications must be received by 31 January 2021.