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Business help and support during Coronavirus

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3. Third Lockdown Business Grants - Restart Grants

About Restart Grants

A new system of one-off Restart Grants has been introduced, replacing the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG).

These will be one-off payments to business rate-paying businesses, predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public, in the non-essential retail and hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors.

Restart Guidance

Who is eligible?

To qualify for a grant, a business must:

  • be registered for business rates;
  • be trading on 1 April 2021 (carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover); and
  • not be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Restart Grants for Non Essential Retail

These are aimed at business rate-paying businesses open to the public and mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

The one-off payments are based on the business's rateable value on 1 April 2021. The payments available to non-essential retail businesses in premises are:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under: £2,667
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: £4,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or over: £6,000

Restart Grants for eligible businesses in other sectors

Here is a summary of the types of rate-paying business in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors that may be eligible for a Restart Grant.

  • Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. (Excludes takeaways).
  • Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming. (Excludes coach tour operators and tour operators).
  • Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. (Excludes private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes).
  • Gym and sport: a commercial 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.
  • Personal care: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing. (Excludes businesses selling personal care goods only, training centres for staff, and medical/health services).

The one-off payments are based on the business's rateable value on 1 April 2021. The payments available to non-essential retail businesses in premises are:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under: £8,000
  • Rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 : £12,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or over: £18,000

 

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  • Your business rates account number
  • A unique identifier number - this could be a Company Registration number, a Unique Tax Reference, Charity number or VAT number.
  • March 2021 bank statements. They must show the name of the applicant or business name, and match the sort code and account number on the form. They must also show an address that matches the correspondence address entered.
  • The value of all previous Covid grant awards received for this business

We aim to process your Restart Grant application as quickly as possible. We are expecting a high volume of applications, so please bear with us while we process these quickly and accurately.

If we have any questions about the information you have provided we will contact you directly by email or phone.

If your claim is successful we will notify you by email and we will make the payment by BACS transfer to the account details you provide.