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Updated: 31 March 2021
On 3 March 2021, the Government announced a new one-off ‘Restart Grant’ to support businesses (which are predominantly reliant on providing in-person services to the general public) to reopen following the current coronavirus national restrictions.
The Restart Grant will be available from 1 April 2021 and will replace the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
|Rateable Value of Property|
|Non-essential retail sector||2,667||4,000||6,000|
|Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym or sports sectors||8,000||12,000||18,000|
Prior to completing this form please ensure you have the following information:
Please upload a bank statement, or equivalent, with your application to allow your business bank account details to be verified or use the separate form enclosed.
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. This will include:
For the purposes of this scheme, a non-essential retail business excludes:
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:
For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service 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 Restart Grant.
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:
For the purpose of this scheme, the definition of a leisure business excludes:
An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. This includes:
For the purpose of this scheme, the definition of an accommodation business excludes:
A gym or sports 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. This includes:
For the purpose of this scheme, the definition of a gym or sports business excludes:
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. This will include:
For the purpose of this grant, the definition of a personal care business excludes:
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 2021 will fall into the 2020/21 tax year. Payments after 6 April 2021 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. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous state aid / subsidy control limits.
The scheme is covered by three subsidy allowances:
Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).
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.
The 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 for statistical and grant assurance purposes. We may disclose information to other bodies, including other billing authorities and government departments, where it is allowed by law or where you have given consent.
Link to full Business Rates - Privacy Notice.