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The government announced in the budget on 3 March the introduction of a one off grant to support rated non-essential retail, hospitality, accomodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

This grant supersedes any previous closed business grant schemes as from 1 April 2021 and is a one off payment based on a premise's rateable value. A grant is payable per rated premise.

The closing date for applications under this scheme is 30 June 2021.

The full government guidance for the restart grants can be found on the government information pages.

Eligible businesses will fall under one of the two strands below:

Strand one - Non-essential retail (rated premises)

Eligible business premises include (This list is not exhaustive but indicative of the type of businesses that can be supported under this scheme):

Betting shops Electronic goods shops Car sales/display/hiring sites Stationery shops
Departmental stores Mobile phone shops Caravan sales/display/hiring sites Gift shops
Markets (other than livestock) Clothes shops Carpet stores Make-up shops
Sales kiosks Book shops Furniture shops Animal Groomers
Showrooms eg kitchen, bathroom Auction rooms Sofa Shops Sweet shops
Showrooms eg tile, glazing Car auction Homeware shops Photography studios
Antiques shops Car showrooms Florists Tobacco shops
Sales offices Car supermarkets Plant nurseries Vape shops
Travel Agents Car washes (standalone - not automatic) Charity shops Jewellers

Exclusions to strand one of the scheme

The following businesses are not eligible for a restart grant under strand one of the scheme:

  • food retailers including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores or corner shops
  • off licences and breweries
  • pharmacies and chemists
  • newsagents
  • animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • building merchants
  • petrol centres
  • vehicle repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • education providers including tutoring services and English language schools
  • banks, building societies and other financial providers
  • post offices
  • funeral directors
  • launderettes and dry cleaners
  • 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.

How much will the grant be for strand one businesses?

The grant amounts are based on a premises rateable value (RV) as of 1 April 2021 as below:

RV of £15,000 or under One off payment of £2667
RV of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 One off payment of £4000
RV of exactly £51,000 or over One off payment of £6000

For the purpose of strand one of the scheme, a non-essential retail business is defined as a business that is used wholly or mainly 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 grant will be paid to the liable person for business rates as of 1 April 2021.

Strand two - Hospitality, accomodation, leisure, personal care and gym (rated premises)

Eligible business premises include (This list is not exhaustive but indicative of the type of businesses that can be supported under this scheme):

Hospitality Accomodation Leisure Leisure continued Gyms and sport Personal care
Food courts Caravan parks Bingo halls Circus Dance schools Spas
Public houses Caravan sites and pitches Bowling alleys Tourist attraction parks Dance centres Sauna rooms
Pub restaurants Chalet parks Casino and gambling clubs Theme parks Dance studios Steam rooms
Pubs Coaching inns Cinemas and theatres Amusement parks Gymnasia/fitness suites Tanning Salons
Restaurants Country house hotels Ice/roller skating and go kart rinks Visitor attractions at film studios Sports and leisure centres Nail salons
Wine bars Guest and boarding houses Stately homes and historic houses Pleasure piers Outdoor sports  Hairdressing salons
Cafés Hostels Soft play centres or areas Pavilions Squash and tennis courts Piercing studios
Nightclubs Hotels Museums and art galleries Miniature railway Sport courts Tattoo studios
Discotheques Lodges Clubs and institutions Heritage railway Shooting venues Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
Roadside restaurants Holiday apartments Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars Model villages Archery venues Barbers
  Holiday cottages and bungalows Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues Aquaria Golf courses Groomers (not animal groomers)
  Holiday homes and boarding houses Indoor riding centres Botanical gardens Driving ranges Beauty salons
  Campsites Wedding and events venues Zoos Swimming pools Beauticians
  Canal boats or other vessels Conference and Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events Safari parks Water sports centres Other non-surgical treatments
  B+Bs Village halls, public halls and scout huts Animal attractions at farms Outdoor adventure centres Aesthetics
  Catered holiday homes Arenas and concert halls Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres Ski centres and cricket centres Massage centres, massage treatments

Exclusions to strand two of the scheme

The following businesses are not eligible for a restart grant under strand two of the scheme:

  • food kiosks
  • businesses that main service is a takeaway (this does not include businesses that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions)
  • coach tour operators
  • tour operators
  • telescopes
  • private dwellings
  • education accommodation
  • English language schools
  • tutoring businesses
  • residential homes and care homes
  • residential family centres
  • beach huts
  • home gyms or home exercise studios
  • home sports courts and home sports grounds
  • 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 and osteopaths
  • other medical or health services including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health

How much will the grant be for strand two businesses?

The grant amounts are based on a premises rateable value (RV) as of 1 April 2021 as below:

RV of £15,000 or under One off payment of £8000
RV of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 One off payment of £12000
RV of exactly £51,000 or over One off payment of £18000

The grant will be paid to the liable person for business rates as of 1 April 2021.

Eligibility criteria

For the purpose of the restart grants businesses must:

  • be rated with a rateable value as of 1 April 2021
  • have been trading as of 1 April 2021 for the avoidance of any doubt businesses who are in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice are not eligible for these grants
  • be occupied premises - premises classed as void are not eligible
  • sell goods or services directly to in person consumers
  • not have hit state aid or subsidy allowance limits

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore the restart grants along with any other covid business grants awarded will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

State aid and subsidy allowances

The restart grants are subject to the state aid and subsidy allowances limits. You will be asked to declare that you have not hit these limits and we will conduct further checks and ask for evidence if required as part of your pre- payment checks.

Managing the risk of fraud

The Government 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.
We will do pre-payment checks on all businesses which include a bank account check before awarding any grant payment.

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Payments will start to be released to eligible businesses after 6 April 2021.

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