Support for businesses - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Restart grants

The restart grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only and is a one off grant.

The grant will be paid to the ratepayer who according to our records was responsible for the business rates on the 1 April 2021.

Only business that were trading (engaged in business activity) on 1 April 2021 will qualify. 

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 of notice or under notice
  • The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-19 safe measures.

There are two types of grants:

Non-essential retail

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 following grants will be paid:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £6,000.

Hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym and sports, personal care

The following business will be eligible:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes
  • 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.
  • 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 following grants will be paid:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £12,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £18,000

Apply for a restart grant