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Additional Restrictions Grant (Omicron)

Additional Restrictions Grant (Omicron) scheme payments are for businesses operating/trading from properties located within the East Staffordshire Borough Council’s boundary, whether assessed for business rates or not, and which have been severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions and the rise of the Omicron variant.

This Grant is available to businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure or Accommodation business sectors which are not assessed for business rates or businesses that provide services or supplies to the hospitality, leisure or accommodation business sectors whether the applicant is assessed for business rates or not.  Businesses in the Gyms & Sports or Personal Care sectors may also apply whether assessed for business rates or not.  The qualifying criteria detailed below must be met.

Any and all applications received from businesses within the Retail or Wholesale sectors, which do not predominantly supply businesses within the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors will be rejected.

Applications will only be assessed for grant payments where they are received by the Council on or before 18 March 2022.  Any applications received on or after 19 March 2022 will not be considered.

Applications will be assessed in strict date order in which they were received and where all required information has been submitted.  Once the Council’s grant allocation is spent, the scheme will formally close and any application not fully assessed will be rejected.

The grant amount that will be paid is £2,000.  Where an applicant makes a successful claim for a payment under the Additional Restrictions Grant (Omicron) scheme, any and all subsequent applications will be refused.  Where requests are made that monies are paid into a single bank account which is common to more than one business/applicant, only a single payment will be made unless it can be proven that the businesses are registered as separately entities (e.g. different VAT Registrations, Unique Tax References, etc.).

You must be the business owner and the applicant must have the capacity to apply i.e. business owner, partner, company secretary/director, trustee of a charity, chair/treasurer of a not for profit making organisation.

Applications received from third parties (e.g. agents, accountants, solicitors) or from those with no capacity will be rejected.

Applications which are submitted without ALL information being provided and/or where a request for information is subsequently made and not responded to in full within a period not exceeding FIVE working days will be rejected.  In such cases, if applicants wish to still be considered for a grant payment, a new online application must be submitted and any previous applications rejected will not be reopened.

Who can claim a payment under the Additional Restrictions Grant (Omicron) scheme?

A business that falls within one of the Hospitality, Leisure Accommodation, Gyms and Sports plus Personal Care business sectors and is operating/trading from a property located within the ESBC boundary or must predominantly trade from and/or obtain the majority of their income from within ESBC.  The business must satisfy all eligibility criteria detailed below to qualify for a payment.

Trading is defined as:

  • The business continues to trade, including online, via delivery 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

The Additional Restrictions Grant (Omicron) scheme is restricted to businesses that are located within the ESBC boundary or must predominantly trade from and/or obtain the majority of their income from within ESBC.  All applicants are required to demonstrate and provide evidence that:

  • They are licenced to trade or occupy a property located within ESBC
  • The property to which the application relates is occupied and traded from by the business
  • Where businesses are not liable for business rates, they are based at residential premises or occupy shared business accommodation

Eligible businesses include those where the main business activity is:

Hospitality

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. For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality business will exclude food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway.

Examples

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

Leisure

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. For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business will exclude all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators.

Examples

  • Amusement arcades (including adult gaming centres)
  • Amusement parks
  • Animal attractions at farms
  • Aquaria
  • Arenas
  • Bingo halls
  • Botanical gardens
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Circus
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Concert halls
  • Events venues
  • Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
  • Go kart rinks
  • Heritage railways
  • Hostess bars
  • Ice rinks
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Miniature railways
  • Model villages
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Night clubs and discotheques
  • Pavilions
  • Pleasure piers
  • Public halls
  • Roller skating rings
  • Sexual entertainment venues
  • Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Stately homes and historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Theme parks
  • Tourist attractions 
  • Village halls and scout huts, cadet huts, etc.
  • Visitor attractions at film studios
  • Wedding venues
  • Wildlife centres
  • Zoos and safari parks

Accommodation

An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes. For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business will exclude private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Examples

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

Gyms and Sports

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 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.  For these purposes, the definition of a gym and sport business will exclude home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Examples

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

Personal Care

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.  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.  

Examples

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

Other business types that may be eligible include:

  • Businesses defined within hospitality, leisure and accommodation business sectors which are not assessed for business rates as described above
  • Businesses that provide services or supplies to the hospitality, leisure or accommodation business sectors as described above, whether liable for business rates or not
  • Retailers or wholesalers where the business predominantly supplies the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation business sectors.
  • Taxi/private hire drivers where the applicant resides within ESBC, is solely licensed by ESBC with a requirement that the licence holder predominantly conducts their trade within ESBC

All applicants are required to provide details as to their main trade and demonstrate and provide evidence that:

  • They are licenced to trade or occupy a property located within ESBC and
  • The property to which the application relates is occupied and traded from by the business or
  • Where businesses are not liable for business rates, they are based at residential premises or occupy shared business accommodation

Businesses that are not eligible

  • The business is insolvent
    • in administrative receivership
    • liquidated
    • where a striking-off notice has been made
  • The business has already received grant payments that equal or exceed the maximum permitted under Subsidy Allowances (formerly known as State Aid) rules. The maximum amount allowed is £12,235,000.00
  • Fail to meet any of the qualifying criteria detailed above
  • Are eligible for or entitled to a payment under the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme, whether an application has been made or not
  • Have not been negatively impacted by the Omicron variant
  • Are claiming or have received Additional Restrictions Grant payment(s) from at least one other local authority following the Government’s announcement of 21 December to provide extra funding to councils due to Omicron
  • Are food establishments whose predominant trade is takeaway
  • Are education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts
  • Are home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds
  • Are 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
  • Retailers (essential and non-essential) and Wholesalers
    • Unless the business predominantly supplies the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation business sectors
  • Taxi/private hire drivers
    • Unless the applicant resides within ESBC, is solely licensed by ESBC with a requirement that the licence holder predominantly conducts their trade within ESBC
  • Racecourse bookmakers who are able to trade from race courses throughout the country

Where requests are made that monies are paid into a single bank account which is common to more than one business/applicant, only a single payment will be made unless it can be proven that the businesses are registered as separately entities (e.g. different VAT Registrations, Unique Tax References, etc.)

If you are no longer entitled to a grant payment

You must notify the Council straight away if your business is no longer eligible for a business support grant after submitting your application. This could be because the business:

  • No longer meets the eligibility criteria for this grant
  • Enters into administration or becomes insolvent
  • Reaches and/or exceeds the Subsidy Allowance limit 

If your business is paid a grant that it is not entitled to, you will be required to repay it to BEIS immediately.  You may also be prosecuted where you provide false information when applying for a grant payment and/or where funds are obtained illicitly.

Evidence and information required to support your application

You will need the following information to claim:

  • Business Rates account reference is a 9 character reference (if applicable) beginning with 8; you can find this on your bill
  • Business bank account details - this will be the bank account to which we will pay the grant

NB – Payments can only be paid into a UK bank account

  • Proof of business bank account - a bank statement which must show:
    • The business’s bank details i.e. sort code, bank account number, account holders name and address
    • Business transactions for a whole month and which includes 30 December 2021

You must also provide any other evidence to demonstrate that you were operating/trading on 30 December 2021 as detailed under Who can claim an Additional Restrictions (Omicron) Grant? e.g. till receipts, sales from or deliveries to the property, appointment records, copies of receipts issued to customers, bookings and cancellations, wages/salary payment to employees (including those furloughed).  You will need to upload electronic copies, scanned images or clear photographs of your documents.

Unique Business Identifiers

You must provide at least one of the following unique identifiers:

  • VAT Registration Number
  • Company Registration Number
  • Charity Registration Number
  • Self-Assessment/Partnership Number
  • National Insurance Number
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference

If more than one applies, please complete for all relevant identifiers (e.g. Company Registration Number and VAT Registration Number).

Information Required by the Government

You are required to confirm which of the following High Level ONS UK SIC codes applies to your business (please use these codes and descriptions ONLY and no others):
A.    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
B.    Mining and Quarrying
C.    Manufacturing
D.    Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
E.    Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
F.    Construction
G.   Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
H.   Transportation and Storage
I.     Accommodation and Food Service Activities
J.    Information and Communication
K.    Financial and Insurance Activities
L.    Real Estate Activities
M.    Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
N.    Administrative and Support Service Activities
O.    Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
P.     Education
Q.    Human Health and Social Work Activities
R.    Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
S.    Other Service Activities
T.     Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods-And Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
U.    Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies

You must also provide the following information:

  • Nature of your business – please see “examples of qualifying business” above
  • Date the business was established
  • Number of employees at this property alone (do not include those employed at other premises)
  • The aggregate amount of ALL Covid-19 business grant payments received under any of the following schemes at the time your application is submitted, irrespective as to which Council has made the grant payment
    • Small Business Grant
    • Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant
    • Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund
    • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)
    • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum) Tier 4
    • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
    • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
    • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)
    • Closed Business Lockdown Payment
    • Christmas Support for Wet-Led Pubs
    • Restart Grant
    • Additional Restrictions Grant (including the Supporting New Businesses element of the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme)

If you fail to complete the online application form in full and/or fail to submit all evidence or any of the information sought above, this will either delay the processing of the application or may it may be refused.  If refused, you will need to re-submit the application before the closing date of 18 March 2022.

How to claim

If you run a business and believe that you may meet the above criteria and are able to provide all the evidence and information sought by the Council please apply for an Additional Restrictions (Omicron) Grant online.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions (Omicron) Grant

Apply for an online grant

If you are unable to apply online please call our Revenues Team on 01283 508030 between 9:00am and 1:00pm for assistance.

Receiving a grant payment when ineligible

Where an Additional Restrictions (Omicron) Grant payment is made, when accepting those funds you are confirming that you meet all the qualifying criteria as outlined above.  If you do not meet these conditions, you will be required to return the grant to BEIS immediately stating the reason why.

If you retain a grant payment to which you are not entitled, you will be prosecuted.

How will the payments be made?

Payment will be made directly into the bank account matching the bank statement you provided with your application form and to a UK based bank account only. We are not able to make the payment into any other bank account or by cheque.

Due of the complexity of the payment arrangements, our teams are having to manually assess each payment, so we are grateful to businesses for their patience and understanding whilst they await payments. We will process them as quickly as we can.

Subsidy Allowance limits (formerly known as State Aid)

Any business that has reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK Covid-19 Temporary Subsidy Allowance Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.

The grant award shall comply with the EU law on Subsidy Allowance (formerly known as State Aid) on the basis that, including this award, the business named above shall not receive more than £12,235,000 in total of De Minimis aid within the current financial year or the previous two financial years. Download the De Minimis Regulations 1407/2013 (as published in the Official Journal of the European Union L352 24.12.2013).

The scheme is covered by three possible subsidy allowances:
•    Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) in Small Amounts of Financial Assistance over any rolling period of 3 financial years
•    COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – under this allowance you’re allowed up to £1,900,000 across all COVID-19 Business Grant schemes
•    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 £10,000,000 across all COVID-19 Business Grant schemes

This means that your business may not receive more than £12,235,000 in Covid-19 related grant funding within the last three years.

Can I claim for more than one property?

An applicant can claim for more than one property provided the businesses are separate legal entities, meet the eligibility criteria and don't exceed Subsidy Allowance limits.

When does the Additional Restrictions (Omicron) Grant scheme close?

The Government has mandated that the final date by which all applications must be made not later than 31 March 2022.  Applications will only be assessed for grant payments where they are received by the Council on or before 18 March 2022

Any applications received after 18 March 2022 will not be considered.