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Restart grants

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are mostly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

This one-off grant is for businesses on the ratings list only. It is our intention to pay the majority of eligible businesses before 1 May 2021 using details on their previous Local Restrictions Support Grant application form.

Once these businesses have been paid an application form will be available for the rare exceptions of businesses that were not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

General eligibility

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only.

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after 1 April 2021 should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Local authorities are not required to adjust, pay where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 1 April 2021.

Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

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.

The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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 sell directly to consumers.

Who is included

  • Betting offices
  • Departmental stores
  • Markets (other than livestock)
  • Sales kiosks
  • Showrooms (e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing)
  • Tobacco and vape stores
  • Antiques stores
  • Travel agents
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Clothes shops
  • Book shops
  • Auction rooms
  • Car auction
  • Car showrooms
  • Car supermarkets
  • Car washes (standalone)
  • Car/caravan sales/display/hiring sites
  • Charity shops
  • Carpet stores
  • Furniture shops
  • Sofa shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Florists
  • Plant nurseries
  • Jewellers
  • Stationery shops
  • Gift shops
  • Make-up shops
  • Animal groomers
  • Sweet shops
  • Photography studios

Businesses excluded

  • Food retailers including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences and breweries
  • pharmacies
  • chemists
  • newsagents
  • animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • building merchants
  • petrol stations
  • vehicle repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • education providers including tutoring services
  • banks, building societies and other financial providers
  • post offices
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • medical practices
  • veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • agricultural supply shops
  • garden centres
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • wholesalers
  • employment agencies and businesses
  • office buildings
  • automatic car washes and mobility support shops.

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.

The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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.

Who is included

  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafes.

Who is excluded

Businesses whose main service is a takeaway or food kiosk.

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.

The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods.

Who is included

  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Roller skating rings
  • Theatres
  • Conference centres
  • Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Heritage railways
  • Public halls
  • Night clubs and discotheques
  • Hostess bars
  • Sexual entertainment venues
  • Shisha bars
  • Tourist attractions
  • Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Village halls and scout huts, cadet huts etc.

Who is excluded

All retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes.

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.

The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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.

Who is included

  • Caravan parks
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest and boarding houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodges
  • Holiday apartments
  • cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • B&Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes

Who is excluded

  • Private dwellings
  • education accommodation
  • residential homes
  • care homes
  • residential family centres
  • beach huts.

Gym and sports

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym and sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual 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.

The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • 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 offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.

Who is included

  • Dance schools and centres
  • Dance studios
  • Gymnasia/fitness suites
  • Cricket centres
  • Ski centres
  • Sports and leisure centres
  • Outdoor sports centres
  • Outdoor adventure centres
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis centres
  • Sports courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Shooting and archery venues
  • Driving ranges
  • Water sport centres
  • Golf courses.

Who is excluded

Home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

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.

The local authority will use the following criteria to assess eligibility:

  • businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments
  • businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings.

Who is included

  • Spas, sauna and steam rooms
  • Hairdressing salons
  • Tanning salons
  • Nail salons
  • Massage centres, massage treatments, Tattoo and piercing studios
  • Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
  • Barbers, groomers
  • Beauty salons, Beauticians, aesthetics
  • Other non-surgical treatments.

Who is excluded

  • 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.

Further exclusions to all grant eligibility

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

How much will you receive

Amount received
Rateable valueOne-off amount for non-essential retail premises One-off amount for hospitality, accomodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises 

Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or below

£2,667  £8,000 

Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 

£4,000  £12,000 

Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over

£6,000 £18,000

 

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud.

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution. Any funding issued will be recovered as may any grants paid in error.

The application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021.

Subsidy allowance

Subsidy allowance has now replaced State Aid following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Restart Grant 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 period of three years

  • Covid-19 Business Grant Allowance: you’re allowed up to £1,600,000

  • 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 £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates and certain conditions being met).

You will need to notify us if you are in breach of the subsidy allowance by accepting any restart grants.

Further details are available on the government website regards these rules: GOV.UK complying with the UK’s International obligations on subsidy control.