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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a single one-off payment for businesses operating/trading from a property that is assessed for business rates (i.e. there is an entry in the Rating List). If the property is not assessed for business rates or the applicant is not liable for business rates or the applicant is not trading from the property on the 30th December 2021, the business will not be eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

This Grant is available to businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors only.  The amount paid will depend on the rateable value of the property as prescribed below:

Business Sector Type RV £15,000 and under RV £15,001 to £50,999 RV £51,000 and over Closing Date for Receipt of Applications Final Determination Date Final Payment Date
Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation  £2,667.00 £4,000.00 £6,000.00 18 March 2022 31 March 2022 31 March 2022

Personal Care, Gyms and Sports plus ALL Retail and Wholesale establishments or food businesses whose trade is mainly takeaway are ineligible under the Omicron Hospitaility and Leisure Grant scheme.  Any and all applications received from businesses within these 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.

Who can claim an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant?

A business that falls within one of the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation business sectors, operates/trades from a property for which an entry exists in the Rating List on 30 December 2021 and otherwise meets all eligibility criteria, as determined by the Government, should 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
  • The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-19 safety measures

You must be the Business Rates payer 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 from the initial request will be rejected.  In such cases, if applicants still wish to be considered for a grant payment, a new online application must be submitted and any previous applications rejected will not be reopened.

Businesses that are not eligible

  • Business premises that are not within the rating system on 30 December 2021 are ineligible i.e. the property is not assessed for business rates and there is no entry in the Rating List
  • The business is not operating/trading from the property on 30 December 2021
  • 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 within the last three years. The maximum amount allowed is £12,235,000.00.

Business Sector Types

Definitions of business sector types which may qualify as those within the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation are shown below:

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

Examples of business categories that do not meet the above definitions and are ineligible to receive an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant include:

Hospitality

  • Food kiosks
  • Businesses whose main service is a takeaway (this does not apply to business that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods restrictions)

Leisure

  • All retail businesses (essential and non-essential)
  • Coach tour operators
  • Tour operators

Accommodation

  • Beach huts
  • Care homes
  • Education accommodation
  • Private dwellings
  • Residential homes
  • Residential family centres

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 beginning with 8; you can find this on your annual bill
  • Business bank account details - this will be the bank account to which we will pay the grant.
    • Payments can only be paid into a UK bank account
  • Proof of business bank account - a full 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 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 Omicron Hospitality and Leisure 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 ONS High Level 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
  • 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 ARG 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 submit a new application before the closing date of 18 March 2022.

How to claim

If you operate 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 Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant online.

Apply for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Submit your application online

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 Omicron Hospitality and Leisure 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 will not make the payments into any other bank account or by cheque.

Due to 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 and the previous two financial years. The De Minimis Regulations 1407/2013 (as published in the Official Journal of the European Union L352 24.12.2013) can be downloaded.

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?

You can claim for any property where you are the Business Rates payer, provided the business meets the eligibility criteria and doesn't exceed Subsidy Allowance limits.

When does the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme close?

The Government has mandated that the final date by which all applications must be determined is 18 March 2022 and that payments to qualifying businesses must be made not later than 31 March 2022.

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