Information and guidance about restart grants

The Government has published information and guidance about the Restart grants. Find out more here...

The government has published information and guidance about the Restart grants. 

There’s a lot of information some key points are as follows:

  • The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the business ratings list only (businesses who have a business rates account).
  • The Restart Grant is a one-off grant.
  • The Restart grant will be administered by local authorities (Blackburn with Darwen Council in this case).
  • The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
    • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
    • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
    • 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 premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
    • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
    • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
    • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.
  • Businesses will be eligible for this support from 1 April 2021 and Local Authorities must not make payments to businesses before this date.  Grants will be payable per eligible business property, so, some businesses may receive more than one grant.
  • Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.  For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate  turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions.
  • Some trading indicators are included below (not an exhaustive list) that can help assess  what can be defined as trading for the purposes of the grant schemes. Indicators that a business is trading are:
    • The business has staff on furlough
    • The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
    • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice or under notice
    • The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures
  • Strand One: up to £6,000 per hereditament (business property) – Non-essential retail 
    • 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.
    • Local Authorities may use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold: 
      • 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.
      • Businesses that sell directly to consumers.
  • For these purposes, the definition of a non-essential retail business should exclude: 
  • food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, 
  • off licences, breweries, 
  • pharmacies, chemists, medical practices,
  • newsagents, 
  • animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, veterinary surgeries and pet shops,
  • building merchants, 
  • petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, automatic car washes
  • education providers including tutoring services, 
  • banks, building societies and other financial providers, 
  • post offices, 
  • funeral directors, 
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners, 
  • agricultural supply shops, garden centres, 
  • storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, 
  • employment agencies and businesses, office buildings,
  • mobility support shops.
  • Strand Two: up to £18,000 per hereditament (business property) – a) Hospitality 
  • 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.
  • Local Authorities may use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold: 
    • 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 these purposes, the definition of a hospitality retail business should exclude: 
    • food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes). 
  • Strand Two: up to £18,000 per hereditament (business property) – b) Leisure
  • 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.
  • Local Authorities may use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold: 
    • 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 these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes. 
  • Strand Two: up to £18,000 per hereditament (business property) – c) Accommodation
  • 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
  • Local Authorities may use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold: 
    • 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 these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts. 
  • Strand Two: up to £18,000 per hereditament (business property) – d) Gym & Sports
  • 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.
  • Local Authorities may use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:
    • 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 require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade. 
    • Businesses that offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc. 
  • For these purposes, the definition of a gym & sport business should exclude: home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds. 
  • Strand Two: up to £18,000 per hereditament (business property) – e) Personal care
  • 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
  • Local Authorities may use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold: 
    • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments. 
    • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings. 
    • Businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment. 
    • 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. 
  • For these purposes, the definition of a personal care business should exclude: 
    • 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.

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