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Restart Grant Scheme

To support the recovery of the high street as Government's National Restrictions are relaxed the Chancellor announced the new Restart Grant scheme. The Restart Grant scheme, which replaces the National Lockdown Business Support Grant, will launch on 1 April and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the below sectors;

  • Non-essential retail

  • Hospitality

  • Accommodation

  • Leisure

  • Personal care

  • Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will be split into two strands. Under Strand One, grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Under Strand Two, grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible for the Restart Grant scheme if it:

  • Predominantly relies on delivering in-person services for the general public from their business premises

  • Occupies property in Burnley which it is registered for business rates (prior to 1 April 2021) and which has been legally required to close.

  • Trading on 1 April 2021

How much you will receive

Strand One: Non-Essential Retail

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants under the following thresholds;

 Rateable value

 One-off Grant Payment

£1 to £15,000 

£2,667

£15,000 to £51,000

£4,000

£51,000 and above

£6,000

For the purposes of this scheme the Government states; 

A non-essential retail businesses 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.

Strand Two - Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will support Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym & Sport business premises with one-off grants under the following thresholds;

 Rateable value

 One-off Grant Payment

£1 to £15,000 

£8,000

£15,000 to £51,000

£12,000

£51,000 and above

£18,000

For the purposes of this scheme to Government states;

  • Hospitality businesses can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink

  • Leisure businesses 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

  • Accommodation businesses defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes

  • Gym & Sport businesses 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

  • Personal Care businesses 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.

If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality, the level strand that they are eligible for will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business

The Council expects to receive the funding to pay these grants mid-April and intend to automatically pay eligible businesses the new restart grants from then onwards. These will be businesses who have already successfully received a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) from us.

 

How to apply

If your business has been legally required to close and you haven’t already applied for a Local Restriction Grant Closed grant, it is important that you urgently apply for a Restart Grant before the 30th June 2021 via the link below.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR GRANTS 

 

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