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Restart grants

On 3 March 2021, the Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England who are liable for business rates and trading as at 1 April 2021. The scheme is a one-off grant called the Restart Grant and the amount a business receives will depend on the type of business and the rateable values as follows:

Business rate payer                        Yes, on 1 April 2021 onwards

Grant per business                         1 per hereditament, trading on 1 April 2021 onwards

Period in payment                           One-Off Payment           

Expected payment date                  Mid-April onwards

Scheme closure date                      30 June 2021

Will businesses who have already been paid a LRSG need to reapply?

Yes – You will need to submit an application form for a Restart Grant. 

Business Type

Non-Essential Retail

Grant Threshold – Rateable Value

 

£15k and under

£2,667

More than £15k and less than £51k

£4,000

£51k and above

£6,000

Eligibility criteria

Trading on 1 April 2021

Offer in-person services to the general public

Mandated to close (or restricted) in the January 2021 lockdown

Rate-paying business

Solvent

Under permitted subsidy allowances

 

Business Type

Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care & Gym Business Premises

Grant Threshold – Rateable Value

 

£15k and under

£8,000

More than £15k and less than £51k

£12,,000

£51k and above

£18,000

Eligibility criteria

Trading on 1 April 2021

Offer in-person services, intangible experiences away from home accommodation, personal care and exercises and sports activities to the general public

Businesses that provide food and/or drink on the premises, including outdoors (excluding food kiosks and takeaways)

Rate-paying business

Solvent

Under permitted subsidy allowances

Who is eligible?

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises sectors who:

  • Were liable for business rates on the 1 April 2021 and
  • Were trading on the 1 April 2021 and
  • Have not exceeded the maximum permitted subsidy allowances and
  • Are not in administration, insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made

Each eligibly sector definition is described in further detail below:

Non-essential retail

For the purposes of this scheme, a non-essential retail business can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public using the following criteria:

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public.
  • Businesses that were likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown.
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown.
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers.

For these purposes, the definition of a non-essential retail business should exclude:

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corners shops
  • Off licences
  • Breweries
  • Pharmacies and 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
  • Launderettes 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
  • Mobility support shops.

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 using the following criteria:

  • 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

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality retail business should exclude:

  • Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions)

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 using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods
  • Businesses that may rely on seasonal labour
  • Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities
  • Businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude:

  • All retail businesses,
  • Coach tour operators
  • Tour operators
  • Telescopes

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 purposes using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude:

  • Private dwellings
  • Education accommodation
  • Residential homes
  • Care homes
  • Residential family centres
  • Beach huts.

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 recreational using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public
  • Businesses that open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee
  • Businesses that require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade
  • Businesses that offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.

For these purposes, the definition of a gym & sport business should exclude:

  • Home gyms
  • Home exercise studios
  • Home sports courts
  • 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 using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments
  • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercing's
  • Businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment
  • Businesses that offer 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

For these purposes, the definition of a personal care business should exclude:

  • 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

Do the state aid rules still apply?

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020 (there are some limited circumstances in which State aid rules still apply under the Withdrawal Agreement). On Thursday 4 March new subsidy allowances were established for the COVID19 business grants schemes, on the basis of the principles set out in Article 3.4 of the TCA. The scheme rules can be found in the Restart Grant Guidance document for Local Authorities.

Fraud

The Government and the Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.
The Government is supporting local councils to make the necessary checks to ensure payments can be verified and have been made correctly.
The Council will be able to withhold payments and/or recall payments from businesses who are not adhering to the local and/or national restrictions that are in place, as this is part of the eligibility requirements.

Data Sharing

Wyre Council will use your data for the processing of your Restart Grant application.
We may check the information you provide or the information about you which somebody else provides, with other details we hold. If the law allows us, we may also receive information from other people or organisations or give information to them to check the accuracy of records, to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways.
All information is processed in accordance with the business grants privacy notice.

Application process

You will need to submit an application form for a Restart Grant.  In order to complete the application form you will need your business rate bill and a recent bank statement.

Apply for a restart grant
Restart Grants are subject to tax and will need to be declared by businesses in their tax returns. HMRC have the authority to check records held on grant payments if requested.
The full government guidance on Restart Grants can be found in the Restart Grant Guidance document for Local Authorities.

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