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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Updated: 20 January 2022

In recognition that the increase in the Omicron variant is having on some businesses, the government has announced a new one-off grant to support businesses within the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

Eligibility criteria

  • A business should be trading and be liable for business rates at a property within the borough of St Helens as at 30 December 2021
  • The premises should predominantly provide in-person services to customers within the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sectors (please see below to confirm if you are eligible)
  • It has not exceeded subsidy allowance limits (see below)
  • It is not in administration, insolvent or has a striking-off notice issued against it

Please check the tabs below for definition of hospitality, leisure and accommodation.

The definition of a leisure business excludes all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.

Where a business operates in more than one sector, at least 50% of income should be derived from within the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.


Rateable Value (30 December 2021) Grant
£15,000 or less £2,667
Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £4,000
£51,000 or over £6,000

Apply Online

(Please only submit one application form per property).

The scheme will close to new applications on 18 March 2022.

When submitting your application, please provide:

  • at least one unique identifier reference with your application:
    • this should be your Companies House and VAT registration numbers (if you are registered)
    • if you are not registered, please provide either your Self Assessment/Partnership Number, National Insurance Number, Unique Taxpayer Reference or Registered Charity Number
  • a recent copy of a bank statement, or equivalent, to allow your business bank account details to be verified

Please upload your bank statement with your application or use the following online form.

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.  This will include:

  • 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 the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway. 

Note: Businesses that normally provide in-person services but have adapted to offer takeaway only services, during periods of restrictions, will remain eligible for a grant.

Examples of businesses that fall within the definition of hospitality, include:

  • cafes
  • food courts
  • public houses / pub restaurants
  • restaurants
  • roadside restaurants
  • wine bars

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.  This includes:

  • 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 the purpose of this scheme, the definition of a leisure business excludes:

  • all retail businesses
  • coach tour operators
  • tour operators
  • gyms
  • sports businesses where The definition physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis

Examples of businesses that fall within the definition of leisure, include:

  • amusement arcades
  • amusement parks
  • arenas
  • casinos and gambling clubs
  • cinemas
  • clubs & institutions
  • concert halls
  • events venues
  • indoor riding centres
  • museums and art galleries
  • night clubs & discotheques
  • soft play centres or areas
  • stately homes & historic houses
  • theatres
  • theme parks
  • tourist attractions
  • village halls & scout huts, cadet huts
  • wedding venues
  • zoos & safari parks

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

  • 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 the purpose of this scheme, the definition of an accommodation business excludes:

  • private dwellings
  • education accommodation
  • residential homes
  • care homes
  • residential family centres
  • beach huts

 Examples of businesses that fall within the definition of accommodation, include:

  • bed and breakfast accommodation
  • boarding houses
  • campsites
  • canal boats or other vessels
  • caravan parks
  • caravan sites and pitches
  • catered holiday homes
  • chalet parks
  • coaching inns
  • country house hotels
  • guest houses
  • holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
  • holiday homes
  • hostels
  • hotels

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Restart Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Payments made to businesses before 5 April 2022 will fall into the 2021/22 tax year. Unincorporated businesses will be taxed when they receive the grant income.

A new domestic subsidy allowance for COVID-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021.

The scheme is covered by three subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any rolling period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,900,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £10,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates).

If your business could be subject to the Northern Ireland Protocol, these Allowances may vary under the State aid rules.

The information provided on your application will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018. It will be treated as confidential and used in the assessment of the COVID-19 related business grants and the administration of National Non-Domestic Rates.  

St Helens Borough Council has a duty to protect public funds and to prevent and investigate allegations of fraud and error. The Council participates in fraud initiatives, including the National Fraud Initiative.

We will share information from the application form with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for statistical and grant assurance purposes and HM Revenue and Customs for tax purposes.  We may also disclose information to other bodies, including other billing authorities and government departments, where it is allowed by law or where you have given consent.

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