Restart Grant

The Chancellor announced one-off 'Restart Grants' from 1 April 2021 for Businesses liable for business rates. This grant replaced the Local Restrictions Support Grants which were awarded up to 31.3.2021. THE RESTART GRANT IS NOW CLOSED

We have now received guidance, please see Restart Grant: Guidance for Local Authorities on the Gov.UK website

We encourage all business owners to read the guidance to confirm eligibility, and note that the types of business in each category have changed.

If you have received an LRSG grant previously:

  • We will require futher details from you before we can pay this new grant. Therefore we will write to you shortly advising you of what you need to do next.

If you have not received or claimed any LRSG grants:

  • There will be an application form on our website shortly for you to complete.

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.

The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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 sell directly to consumers.

Who is included

Betting offices, Departmental stores, Markets (other than livestock), Sales kiosks, Showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing, Tobacco and vape stores, Antiques stores, Sales offices, Travel agents, Electronic goods and mobile phone, shops, Clothes shops, Book shops. Auction rooms, Car auction, Car showrooms, Car supermarkets, Car washes (standalone), Car/caravan Sales/display/hiring Sites, Charity shops, Carpet stores, Furniture shops, Sofa shops, Homeware shops, Florists, Plant nurseries, Jewellers, Stationery shops, Gift shops, Make-up shops, Animal groomers, Sweet shops, Photography studios

Who is excluded

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.

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.
The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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 indoors.

Who is included

Food courts, Public houses/pub restaurants, Restaurants, Roadside restaurants, Wine bars, Cafes.

Who is excluded

Businesses whose main service is a takeaway or food kiosk.

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.
The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods.

Who is included

Bingo halls, Bowling alleys, Casinos and gambling clubs, Cinemas, Museums and art galleries, Roller skating rings, Theatres, Conference centres, Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events, Wedding venues, Events venues, Heritage railways, Public halls, Night clubs & discotheques, Hostess bars, Sexual entertainment venues, Shisha bars, Tourist attractions, Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres, Soft play centres or areas, Indoor riding centres, Clubs & institutions, Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.

Who is excluded

All retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes.

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.
The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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.

Who is included

Caravan parks, Country house hotels, Guest & boarding houses, Hostels, Hotels, Lodges, Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows, Campsites, Boarding houses, Canal boats or other, vessels, B&Bs, Catered holiday homes, Holiday homes

Who is excluded

Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

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.
The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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 offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.

Who is included

Dance schools and centres, Dance studios, Gymnasia/fitness suites, Cricket centres, Ski centres, Sports and leisure centres, Outdoor sports centres, Outdoor adventure centres, Squash courts, Tennis centres, Sports courts, Swimming pools, Shooting and archery, venues, Driving ranges, Water sport centres, Golf courses.

Who is excluded

Home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

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.
The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments.
  • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings.

Who is included

Spas, sauna and steam rooms, Hairdressing salons, Tanning salons, Nail salons, Massage centres, massage treatments, Tattoo and piercing studios, Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture), Barbers, groomers, Beauty salons, Beauticians, aesthetics, Other non-surgical treatments.

Who is excluded

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.

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  1. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  2. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  3. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  1. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  2. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  3. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000

The Restart Grant is a one-off payment.
The application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021. 

You will need the following information (failure to provide this information will result in either your claim not being paid or a delay in payment): 

  • You must have your business rates account number
  • You also need a copy of a recent bank statement demonstrating trading from the account and showing the company name and bank account number you wish for the grant to be paid into
  • A copy of your lease or rent agreement
  • Payments can only be made into the liable business rates account holders bank account. I.e. if a limited company is liable for the business rates the payment must go into the limited companies account
  • Your limited company number (if applicable) / VAT number or national Insurance number

Red asterisk denotes a required answer.

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