Restart Grants

Available from 1 April 2021

The government announced in the budget on 3rd March 2021 that it would be introducing restart grant, details of which can be found here. The Council is pleased to confirm that details of the scheme have now been finalised by government and this page has been produced to explain to local businesses what grants are available and what action they need to take to obtain a grant.

What grants are available?

The grant is only available to businesses registered for business rates, as at 1 April 2021, who have not yet exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance (details of the various allowances can be found here). The grants available are split into two categories:

(i) Strand One grants are available to non-essential retail businesses. The premises occupied by such businesses are 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. The grants area available to businesses which fall into one or more of the following headings:

  • 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; and/or
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers

The following businesses are explicitly excluded from the scheme even if they fall within the headings set out above:

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 following grants are available for businesses in this category:

  • Rateable Value up to and including £15,000 - one-off grant of £2,667
  • Rateable Value between £15,001 and £51,000 - one-off grant of £4,000
  • Rateable Value over £51,000 - one-off grant of £6,000

 

(ii) Strand Two grants are available to businesses and organisations in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors. The basic criteria relating to each type of business or organisation are explained below:

Hospitality Sector

A hospitality business is defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

The following business types are explicitly excluded even if they meet the criteria above: food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (eligible to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).

Leisure Sector

A leisure business is defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

The following business types are explicitly excluded even if they fall within the definition above: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes.

This category includes village halls, scout huts and similar community-owned facilities which are registered for business rates.

Accommodation

An accommodation business is defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

Accommodation businesses can claim this grant even if they have remained open during the lockdown for the provision of accommodation for key workers and the homeless.

The following business types are explicitly excluded even if they fall within the definition above: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

Gym and Sports

A gym and sports business is 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.

The following business types are explicitly excluded even if they meet the definition above: home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Personal Care

A personal care business is 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. The grant is in place to support businesses where one or more of the following apply:

  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatment
  • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings
  • Businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment, and/or
  • 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.

The following business types are explicitly excluded even if they meet the definition above:

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.

The following grants are available for businesses in these categories:

  • Rateable Value up to and including £15,000 - one-off grant of £8,000
  • Rateable Value between £15,001 and £51,000 - one-off grant of £12,000
  • Rateable Value over £51,000 - one-off grant of £18,000

How can I obtain a grant?

The Council has a record of all businesses which have received the Local Restrictions Support Grant in respect of the current national lockdowns. These businesses will receive a payment into their account reflecting their entitlement to a Restart Grant.

All businesses will receive a notification in w/c 5 April 2021 confirming the value of the grant due to be paid. If a business does not wish to receive a grant it should contact the Council using the email address covid19.businessgrants@fenland.gov.uk as soon as possible to state that it does not wish to receive the grant offered. Grant payments will be processed early in w/c 12 April 2021.

The Council acknowledges that some businesses may be entitled to the Restart Grant based on the criteria above even if they have not previously received the Local Restrictions Support Grant. Where businesses were trading prior to 5 January 2021, the Council expects it to be rare for businesses not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant to be able to claim the Restart Grant. However, if a business believes it is entitled to a Restart Grant but has not received a communication to confirm the amount due to be paid it should email covid19.businessgrants@fenland.gov.uk providing their business rates account number and a brief summary of the basis on which they believe themselves to be entitled.

Once the Council has confirmed a business is likely to be entitled, subject to submitting a formal application, a form will be sent to the business so that it can formalise its application.

Information on the Restart Grants subsidy allowance.

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